Synopses & Reviews
Plant a pumpkinseed with a child, and cultivate wonder. This simple act of reconnecting with children with nature is Sharon Lovejoy's purpose and joy and gift. Author of Sunflower Houses: Garden Discoveries for Children of All Ages
and Hollyhock Days: Garden Adventures for the Young at Heart
, Sharon Lovejoy is a nationally known garden writer whose books, television specials, and projects at her learning landscape in California have introduced thousands of children to the pleasures of gardening.
In her newest book, Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots, she presents 12 spirited, easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that parents and kids can grow together. Illustrated throughout by the author's own lyrical watercolors, each garden includes a plan, the planting recipe -- seeds, seedlings, and growing instructions spelled out step-by-step -- and activities. There's the Pizza Patch , a giant-size wheel garden planted in "slices" of tomatoes, zucchini, oregano, and basil. A Flowery Maze to get lost in. A Moon Garden of night-blooming flowers, including a moonflower tent. And Mother Nature's Medicine Chest.
Discovery Walks teach kids how the gardens work, and a chapter on gardening basics includes a child-friendly 10-Minute Plan for planting and maintenance, plus a list of the top 20 plants guaranteed to make gardeners out of kids.
"Sure to make kids want to get into the garden."
The simple act of connecting children to nature through gardening is Sharon Lovejoy's special purpose and joy. In her newest book, Roots Shoots Buckets & Boots, she presents 12 spirited, easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that parents and kids can grow together. Illustrated with the author's own lyrical watercolors, each project includes a plan and the planting recipe as well as a "Discovery Walk," activities and crafts to make with what you grow.
The simple act of reconnecting children with nature is the purpose of and inspiration for this text. It presents 12 easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that parents and children can grow together. Each garden includes a plan, planting recipe-seeds, seedlings, and growing instructions spelled out step-by-step, plus activities. There are themed gardens like the "Pizza Patch" and the "Moon Garden", and a list of the top 20 plants for children.
Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots features 12 spirited, easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that parents and kids can grow together.
About the Author
Sharon Lovejoy, an author, illustrator, lecturer, and teacher, is the children's garden adviser to the American Horticultural Society, and has been a guest on Today at NBC, PBS's Victory Garden, and the Discovery Channel. She speaks at conferences and gardening organizations around the country. She has four grandchildren, and divides her time between San Luis Obispo, California, and South Bristol, Maine.
Table of Contents
TOP 20 PLANTS FOR KIDS
The Pizza Patch
Buckets, Boxes & Boots
Snacking & Sipping Garden
The Flowery Maze
A Garden of Giants
Mother Nature's Medicine Chest
Zuni Waffle Garden
How to Plan, Plant & Care for Your Garden