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Beautifully Illustrated Planting the Wild Garden

June 5, 2011

Planting the Wild Garden
written by Kathryn O. Galbraith, illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin
Peachtree, 2011
picture book

While the farmer and her boy plant their garden carefully into the earth, there is another garden being planted, too — the wild garden. The wild garden is planted by the wind, a flock of goldfinches, seeds that pop from the Scotch broom, rain showers that wash seeds around, a stream, a nibbling rabbit, a raccoon family, a squirrel, muddy boots, a puff of breath, . . .

As the seeds are deposited, each illustrated spread shows the large meadow plus most include small frames of the traveling seeds in motion. Soft, muted colors capture the quite beauty of nature’s garden. All the illustrations feel peaceful. The layout of big and little illustrations is art in itself.

I love this book.

Seed by seed, we planted this wild meadow garden.

Wind and water. Birds and animals. Plants and people.

All of us,


Book Play: Search for a wild garden in a nearby park, mountain hike or field. Draw a picture of your favorite pants or make a nature journal of new plants. Plant your own wild garden, starting with some easy flowers.

WIN a copy of Planting the Wild Garden! E-mail your name and address (to make book delivery faster) to with “Planting the Wild Garden” in the subject line. We will randomly select one lucky winner to receive a copy of the book. Deadline for entry is midnight MST on June 30, 2011.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2011 5:34 pm

    Sounds really lovely. I always like Wendy Anderson Halperin’s illustrations so I’m looking forward to seeing this book.

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