Earth Day is 40 years old today. Can you picture pink flamingos sprouting up in yards across your neighborhood? Maybe not. You might be surprised at what is sprouting in your yard, however. Or in the cracks of a weathered sidewalk or a tumble down building, or as a little boy named Liam discovered, atop an elevated railway that was shut down more than a quarter of a century ago.
THE CURIOUS GARDEN by Peter Brown, Little, Brown and Company, Books for Young Readers, 2009
Author/illustrator Peter Brown says “nature can thrive in the unlikeliest of places.” In his tribute to small surprises in forgotten places, he leads Liam and the reader from discovery to realization of what one small curious gardener might accomplish.
Take your young and future gardeners on a curiosity walk. How many surprises do you see?
Happy Earth Day.