Collin Pine is an avid gardener, as well as an educator and writer. His first book is a work of garden-based children’s literature, The Garden Next Door, published in late 2022 by River Horse Books. Thought provokingly illustrated by Tiffany Everett, the detailed and specific artistry of the book adds a rich visual storyline to the already rich language-based narrative.
Just in time for the Winter Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere, The Garden Next Door, at its most philosophical, reminds of us the power of our gardens to support plant and animal life, human community, and pure delight - a delight that transcends age and the many distractions and mis-directions of our time.
This lovely addition to our children’s bookshelves also reminds us that ALL of our gardens are next door to someone, and in this way the book is also an addition to our own existential understanding of the power of gardens and gardeners.
Happy Happy Solstice from Cultivating Place!
Images courtesy of Collin Pine, illustrations by Tiffany Everett, all rights reserved.
and on Instagram: @collin.pine/
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Thinking out loud this week....
A very very happy Solstice to you all – near and far, on the longest night and the shortest day or the shortest night and the longest day – it is the planet beneath our feet that universally grounds and connects us….
And while the planet grounds us together, its gentle but swift turning universally reminds us that change is the only constant. The plants that clothe this planet providing us all that we need, have great lessons of adaptating and evolution to offer us.
Let’s keep learning on this next circle around the sun, let’s keep doing it together, shall we?
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