Discover The Night Gardener

Posted on March 6th, 2017

Here at Coombe Mill we are huge fans of the wonder of nature and the outdoors. Set in a wooded 30 acre estate we have so much for children to explore for natural woodland to the fairy gardens and den building areas. Children come together in these wild adventure zones to create and play and be at one with nature. When I came across the Night Gardener as a children’s book I had a feeling it was going to be very in keeping with our ideals at Coombe Mill. So often our Friday activities with the children include nature study and gardening, a book that mirrors our work with a good fantasy element would be perfect for our bookshelves and one to read ahead of our gardening activities.  

Gardening and the Night Gardener

About the Night Gardener

The Night Gardener is a newly released A4 hardback book designed for age 4 plus and available from Quarto Kids priced £12.99. Written and illustrated by brothers Terry and Eric it is a delightful tale, beautifully illustrated with minimal carefully chosen words.  Follow the story of young William, who wakes to discover the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a magnificent owl. The magic of the night gardener is evident each morning thereafter. The town awakes and unites on the street and in the park to see what masterpiece has been created over night. They never spot the man himself, he has long since packed away his tools and left; until one evening when the night gardener invites William to help.  

Eye-catching pages from the book

What We Thought

This book is enchanting, uplifting, captures the imagination and is perfect for little ones beginning to explore and enjoy nature.  The clever minimal use of words and descriptive illustrations would make this a great bedtime story as the large book is remarkably quick to finish. You may find children wanting to linger over the pictures though, creating their own ideas out of the pages. Older children will be able to read the story for themselves and be equally inspired.

Girls reading The Night Gardener

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If you have a creative child that enjoys nature this book will be perfect.  Why not enter to win by following the instructions below.

The Night Gardener


We work closely with Quarto Kids and were sent a copy of the night gardener for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and our copy is available for Coombe Mill gusts to borrow from the bookshelves of the games room.