In Mary’s garden by Tina & Carson Kugler (2015)

[Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt]


I think I love Mary Nohl. In the back of In Mary’s garden we are told that she painted every surface of her house, including the carpet. She is quoted as saying, “So I won’t have to vacuum so often, the cracker crumbs won’t show.” Genius!

Mary grew up in Milwaukee, spending a lot of time at her family’s holiday cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan. Instead of taking cooking classes like most of the girls in her class, she tried woodworking. “Mary was happiest when her hands were busy making, building, creating things.” When she moved permanently into the lake house, inspired by the objects around her, she began creating sculptures for her garden. The sculptures grew IMG_1877until the garden was full of Mary’s friends.

This picture book is a beautiful tribute to an extraordinary woman.

Check out In Mary’s garden at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy In Mary’s Garden from Fishpond.


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