A Word A Week Challenge – Garden

When I hear the word Garden, two treasured memories always came to my mind. One for a children book called Garden (“Zahrada” in Czech) by Jiří Trnka, the second one for a garden of my grandfather.

Trnka’s Garden is a magical fairy tale about 5 boys who found a secret hidden garden with naughty cat, sapient whale, talking garden dwarf and about 5 elephants who came to help the boys when they were ill. Trnka’s ilustrations are colorful and adorable, you can check them bellow. The book is available also in English under the name Through the Magic Gate.

Zahrada (Garden) by Jiří Trnka

Zahrada (Garden) by Jiří Trnka

My grandafther had two gardens, a small one by his house, mainly for flowers, and a big one about 200 m from his house for trees and fruits and vegetables. I still remember “going to the garden”, to the big one, for raspberries, strawberries, apples, pears, everything fresh from the tree. At the small garden we used to chase the newts in a small garden’s pond with my cousin or we climbed the cherry tree for view and hide. I loved it there.


Smaller – flower – garden with pond and alpine plants


Vegetable and fruit garden

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lingeringvisions
    Feb 14, 2013 @ 14:00:48

    Great post!


  2. Amy
    Feb 14, 2013 @ 14:41:20

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful memory!


  3. twoscamps
    Feb 14, 2013 @ 19:00:26

    Love those illustrations! What special memories you have!


  4. lagottocattleya
    Feb 14, 2013 @ 21:52:58

    Wonderful illustrations! When my children were small we loved most of all the Czech children’s short movies shown on TV and also books. I think one of the most loved ones was called “The Mole” in English. Very good artists!

    That beautiful garden and your memories of fresh fruits and vegetables…my grandmother and grandfather also had this big garden…and I loved it.


  5. theeagertraveller
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 01:13:57

    Just lovely. It’s so nice that a garden was one of the treasured avenues where you bonded with your grandfather.


  6. poppytump
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 17:42:54

    Katy … I am amazed at how you come up with so many interesting posts time after time ! Well done, these are a really lovely match of story and family nostalgia 🙂


  7. Beth DeBoom
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 18:17:16

    Katy, I’m starting a Czech heritage garden on a vacant lot in an old Czech immigrant neighborhood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Can you and others share what fruits, veggies and flowers they remember from their family gardens?


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