GALLERY: Galston school's literary garden delights

Galston Public School pupils have a new reading retreat, where mosaics of magical book characters meet textured, scented plants.

The Storybook Garden features mosaics of Harry Potter and The Very Hungry Caterpillar built from donated crockery and pool tiles by a group of nine parents.

A golden snitch hangs in the trees and a large red chair beneath the branches can make younger pupils feel like a shrinking Alice from Lewis Carroll's classic tale.

Tanya Koorey, whose four sons attend the school, was among the parents who met on Tuesdays for nine months to make the art and plant the sensory garden.

"The red chair is something they can go and physically sit on and swing on and feel like they're in a fairytale," she said.

"We've got plants that will grow into touch and feel like lamb's ear which is a very soft, textural one, some thyme and rosemary to smell, for sight we've got potted colour.

"When the plants do grow the children can get involved, take cuttings or squeeze the leaves and smell the beautiful perfumes."

Principal Rob Jarvis said parents had designed the garden to be interactive and hands-on.

"I can see teachers using the garden to share their favourite books with their classes," he said.

"During lunchtimes, our children will be able to use the garden as a place for quiet play."

Pupils joined a book parade dressed as their favourite characters to officially open the garden on Tuesday. Cleopatra, The Cat in The Hat, Frankenstein, clownfish Nemo, Peter Pan, pirates, wizards, princesses and butterflies all joined the fun.

Year 6 pupils nominated the books they enjoyed — among them Rainbow Street Shelter by Wendy Orr and Roald Dahl's The Twits — at the assembly. Aitayea Shaw, 10, dressed as Puss in Boots and said she'd probably use the garden as a space to read.

"I like adventure books and ones that take you to other places," she said.

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