First day of sale: 24.10.2020
MEIN WUNDERVOLLER GARTEN/ MY WONDERFUL GARDEN
with illustrations by Kirsten Gattermann
ca. 220 pp.
A declaration of love to gardens
FROM CITY TO NATURE LOVER
Work in the garden? Contemplate nature? No, thank you. Not for me. Those were Gabriele Frydrych’s thoughts when she and her husband moved into a small row house in Berlin. The overgrown garden with its stand of pines and sandy soil did not interest the teacher at a high-risk school even the slightest. But then some discount-priced bulbs actually grew into snow-drops and narcissus. Robins and titmice swooped onto the breakfast table. And by the time a fox family invaded the property, Ms. Frydrych was a goner. Since that time, she has spent hours lurking in the bushes, in order to take pictures of cavorting fox kits and wrens. She now prefers to spend her money at the garden center than in a boutique, and favors crawling around in the dirt or climbing trees to hang nesting boxes.
Besides that, there is the aesthete, Ms. Frydrych’s cultivated neighbor with his personal gar-dener. Till, the curious neighbor child, and Sabine, the eco-minded friend who carries each of her snails into the woods. Also, Fritz, the robin who quickly trains Ms. Frydrych to set cashews out for him every day on the terrace table.
With a dash of humor and an astonishing attention to detail, Gabriele Frydrych describes her path to becoming a gardener, in addition to the plants, animals and microcosm in her com-munity.
Rights sold to: ZNAK (Polish)
Gabriele Frydrych has been successfully writing satires and commentaries about her expe-riences as a teacher at a Berlin school for high-risk children for over 15 years. She has been published in Eltern family, Süddeutsche, Berliner Tagesspiegel, Berliner Morgenpost, Eulen-spiegel, Forum Schule in NRW, and six GEW state association publications. She writes a regular column about her garden for Landlust and Kraut und Rüben. In 2010, she published On Students, Parents, and Others Who Know Better through Piper Verlag, which was followed in 2013 by The Worst in My Class have become Teachers! through BOD Verlag.