A new favorite book.
A little boy named Liam (cool name) lives in a nasty ole town with not much going for it in the way of green spaces or gardens. He explores an elevated railway track and finds a struggling little garden there and takes it upon himself to become the gardener of the little patch. The little patch begins to grow and expand. A moderately reasonable story of succession involving mosses is communicated. (As a bryologist this gave the book a bonus point.)
Evenually the garden takes over the entire rail line, then rooftops, then every abandoned thing ends up as a little oasis. But more importantly, more gardeners begin appearing. The once dreary landscape is transformed.
This book provides some important lessons:
- Start where you are with what you have.
- Start small but dream big.
- Nature wins. Even in our abandoned industrial spaces.
- Succession is your friend.
- Gardening is contagious.
- Transformation is possible.
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Little, Brown and Company, Books for Young Readers
New York, Boston