Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Garden Book of the Year 2008

Book about The Botanical Garden of Visby by Ila.

Just as the year was fading away, a small package made its way from Turku in Finland to Seattle, carrying Christmas presents. Amongst them was my absolute choice for the Garden Book of the Year 2008; my 10-year old niece Ila's lovely booklet about her visit to the Botanical Garden of Visby, on the island of Gotland in Sweden. I am so impressed with her idea of documenting her visit and making a lasting memory of it. Ila's way to photograph the roses after a light rain, with drops still hanging to the plump flowers is just exquisite (my scanner does unfortunately not catch the real beauty of the pictures, 24 of them in total). The layout of the book is beautiful and the names of the roses have been noted correctly with all the details. I just wonder what Ila will be up to next, as talented and artistic child as she is...?

Rosa Kalmar

Both photographs: © strictly Ila Narjus.


Anonymous said...

What a fabulous idea/present/niece! I need to get my kid a tough camera and see what she comes up with. Fun! Hey, glad you can maybe come to the garden bloggers gathering - slated for Sat., Feb. 7, 12:30pm, details here.

Sunita Mohan said...

Happy New Year! I love your recent posts and their photos .... mmmm! very nice.
You're absolutely right! She is very talented. Great photos! Whoever prodded her to make a book of her visit deserves a big Mentor of the Year award. And if she did it on her own then she's really someone to watch out for , isnt she?

The Intercontinental Gardener said...

Hi Karen, I'll check out the details, is sounds like nice bunch of garden people are coming there...

Sunita, Ila did it on her own, which really says something of her mother, who probably should get the Mentor of the Decade award by now... :-)