A garden of stories

“Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.”  Guinean Proverb

Welcome to the Garden of Stories, where you can explore and enjoy the thousands of stories from the wider world. Pick a path or feature to explore a culture, a way of making, a theme or one of our perennial writers.

Objects help us live among the stories we value. They are stories we can hold, adorn our world, offer as gifts and care for over time.

Over the past five years, we’ve collected more than a thousand stories from 70 countries. These are timeless stories that deserve a future. There’s still much to learn from them.

A garden of stories has a balance of species, from unique treasures to humble everyday utensils. We can wander through pathways, exploring particular media, places and themes.

Cultures

  • Peach garden: stories from China (Ching Ming)
  • Charbagh: stories from the Islamic world (Ramadan)
  • Lotus pond: stories from Buddhist south-east Asia (Songkran)
  • Aqal: stories from Africa (Elephant day)
  • Wattle Park: stories of acacia (Wattle day)
  • Ofrendas: stories from Mexico (Dias de los Muertos)
  • Mandir/shrine: stories from India (Diwali)
  • Kolam: stories of Tamil culture (Mattu Pongal)
  • Darkoom: stories about the craft of photography (full moon)
  • Billabong: stories from Australia (Australia day)

Features

Matters

Perennials ✿ Evergreen Garland writers

 

Features of the garden are designed for the long term. They will grow as new stories are planted in the Garland platform. We welcome proposals to dedicate a feature in the memory of someone (or something) special. Feel free to contact us for details. You can support Garland by becoming a patron for a particular section.

Illustration

The Garden of Stories illustration was designed by Ishan Khosla. It was composed by four illustrators from different Indian tribal groups.

Mayur Vayeda – Warli

Top right (red): snake, orchard, flower, shrine and compost

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Shersingh – Bhil

Bottom right (blue): Boteh (paisley), tea stall, glass house and path

 

 

 

Venkat Raman Singh Shyam – Gond

Left (gold): vegetable plot, compost, knot garden, garland and kolam

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Avinash Karn – Mithila

Middle bottom (green): pond, snake, tree, hut, lotus pond

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