Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith

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)

Kathryn O. Galbraith website

Wendy Anderson Halperin website

I’ve reviewed books written and/or illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin here, here, and here

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5 thoughts on “Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith”

  1. I loved the passage in a natural history I read last year (‘Great Possessions’) about the importance of a fence row in the ecosystem — because of the “wild garden” it is. What a neat subject for a children’s book!

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