In the wild meadow garden, many seeds
are planted too, but not by farmers’ hands.
With this introduction, Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith opens up the world of a meadow garden in which seeds are planted in a myriad of ways: scattered, spilled, spun, and swept by the wind; eaten by a flock of goldfinches; washed by the rain to new places; carried elsewhere on peoples’ socks and sweaters; etc. The end result, of course, is a beautiful wild meadow garden, planted by
Wind and water. Birds and animals. Plants and people.
All of us.
Obviously, this isn’t a cold and objective science book; it relates this message in a very creative and beautiful way. Galbraith uses both onomatopoeia and the creative use of text/fonts to tell this story, and Wendy Anderson Halperin‘s illustrations are soft but beautifully detailed. I would’ve really liked to have known about this book when we studied plants earlier in the spring, since this book provides many opportuinies for rabbit-trail exploration, but it can certainly be enjoyed on its own merits. Highly Recommended! (Peachtree, 2011)
Nonfiction Monday is at Practically Paradise this week.