I shall apologise in advance to any readers who already know this book; I'm only very recently aware of it and delighted to have found it. I love both reading and gardening so, when I find a book that encompasses both of these loves, I want to share it. I found this book, Rose's Garden, in the children's section of my local library. It was the illustrations that caught my eye; they're reminiscent of Quentin Blake's work (a favourite illustrator) but, in fact, are the work of the author, Peter H Reynolds. I would hope that all children love stories and being read to and I find it's a particularly nice way to start or finish a spot of gardening with children. For one thing, it makes sure you have their attention, whether you want to tell them what's planned or whether it's time to stop, clear up and go.
I have a small collection of really nice children's books about gardening, some that I enjoyed reading to my son when he was younger ('Oliver's Vegetables', for example) and some more recent finds. This one is definitely a keeper (as in, I'll be buying it, not purloining it from the library - heaven forbid), if only because it reminds me of myself (in the sense that I have a vision of how colourful the garden here could be - but I don't travel in a fantastic teapot, more's the pity.)
The story is a simple one about Rose, who collects seeds on her travels. When her teapot is full up, it's time to plant her garden and she finds herself in a busy city.
|"This little patch needs some colour."|
|"A girl approached with a present. It was a paper flower."|
|"Her faith had gathered a garden – and the stories of a city."|
Lovely, isn't it?
I like to think everyone who gardens is doing exactly this: making friends, building communities and having faith that their work will result in colour and beauty. I'd love to believe that this story will continue to be read to children and inspire a future generation of gardeners.