Liam is a young boy who lives in a gray, dreary city, which is filled with lots of tall, ugly buildings, and black asphalt roads. Then one day he discovers in an abandoned railway station a touch of color: some wildflowers and plants. Wanting to create more color in the gray city, he tends to the tiny garden, pruning, watering, and even singing to it. At first he prunes and waters a little too much, but learns how to be a good gardener. The tiny garden grows and grows until it begins taking over the station and moving up and down the railway line, adding more and more color and life to the unattractive city. Then fall and winter comes and the flowers wither, losing their color. Liam returns in the spring and begins working again on his growing garden, except now many other people are helping, making the garden grow and grow. Eventually the city is a colorful, bountiful place and the complete opposite of what it used to be. The Curious Garden is a wonderful tale about what you can do if you don’t give up and really put your mind to it. It’s also an important message about how we should be “greening” and adding color to our cities to make them better places to live in.
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Originally written on April 7th 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.
Originally published in the Sacramento Book Review.