The Sky and the Patio

Don Gayton fuses ecology and deeply personal insights as he portrays his Okanagan Valley homeland–and beyond.

In 25 engaging essays, Summerland writer Don Gayton fuses the personal with the ecological to portray the geography and the natural and human history of his adopted Okanagan Valley homeland.

Draft resister and professional ecologist by training, Don Gayton registers the complexity and interconnectedness of every living thing in his environment, from the rivers and lakes, to the plants and animals, and the human settlements along the Okanagan, Similkameen, and Columbia watercourses shaping his backyard.

The Sky and the Patio (New Star Books) describes the patterns made by iconic native species such as ponderosa pine, sagebruch and bunchgrass, the sockeye salmon and turtles, and the non–natives reshaping their world: the toadflax and knapweed, antelopebrush, horses and cattle – and the grapevines, tomatoes and cannabis looking for a foothold today.Gayton tells us what we can learn from tree rings besides the tree’s age; some fine points about firewood; and a little bit about Chinook wawa, and his own library of nature writing.

160 pages, 6×9 inches
Price: $18 CAD · $18 USD
ISBN: 9781554201945
Availability: in print & available from New Star Books