Thursday, April 3, 2008
Books: Gardening: A New World For Children
When I first read about this book find on Zoe's blog - I immediately tracked down a copy for myself. More and more, I am pulled into antique gardening books and any other written record that sheds lights on old-school gardening ideas that have been lost to time. Gardening: A New World for Children by Sally Wright totally fits the bill.
The chapter names suck me in right away. Even at 37 years old, I want a Lilliputian Garden. The English called them "sink gardens" - old stone sinks held the miniature landscapes - complete with dwarf alpines and conifers and small-scale garden structures such as pergolas, bridges and trellises. Often, these little gardens would be placed on balconies or window ledges.
Then there is the Odd Behavior Garden chapter. Unusual plants that exhibit unusual behavior - that any child would find curious. It also includes a list of insect-eating plants. And a blooming timetable for certain plants throughout the day. From the early-rising morning glories to the night owls - night-scented stock and moonflowers. Magic!
The Pocket Money Garden chapter encourages industrious young farmers to sell their homegrown goodies. With a 1950's sensibility.
Even the more traditional garden ideas become enchanting - through the possibilities within a child's imagination. The Nose Garden. The Bouquet Garden. Winter Gardening.
I have more research to do - now that my eyes have been opened. Stay tuned for more details on lilliputian gardens, dish gardens, button gardens and the like!