Synopses & Reviews
A magical book of adventures and appreciations written and illustrated by the author of Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots
this award-winning title was published by a small press in Colorado in 1991. The reviews say it all: A fetching primer on gardening for children. . . . Irresistible (The Smithsonian). What child, or indeed adult, would not be delighted? Lovejoy's
recollections are wonderful, as are the illustrations (Victoria).
Celebrating the lore of the garden and the joy of interacting with nature, Sunflower Houses is a unique garden lover's miscellany, a collection of memories, poems, activities, garden plans, crafts, botanical riddles, stories, games, and planting projects. There are inspirations for a Floral Clock Garden, A Child's Own Rainbow, Faerie Tea Parties, and, of course, the Sunflower House. Plus, from garden lovers, stories of favorite flowers. Throughout are the artist's warm and appealing watercolors of a life in gardening remembered.
“A fetching primer on gardening for children, chockablock with botanical lore…. Green-thumbed adults will also find this an irresistible excursion into old-fashioned garden history.”
“[Sunflower Houses] lit up my life, and indeed, may go on doing so for many years to come. Enchanting!”
—American Library Book Review
"What child, or adult, would not be delighted? [Lovejoy's] recollections are wonderful, as are the illustrations!"
A magical introduction to gardening for children, "Sunflower Houses" celebrates the lore of a garden, the joy of interacting with nature, and the memories of childhood gardens through story-like narrative and charming illustrations. Full color.
Remember making clover chains, hollyhock dolls, and firefly lanterns? Or hosting a faerie tea party? Remember checking the clock when the Four O'Clocks bloomed? These simple pleasures, and hundreds more, are gathered here in a magical book of inspiration from the garden.
WHAT CHILD, OR ADULT, WOULD NOT BE DELIGHTED? LOVEJOY'S RECOLLECTIONS ARE WONDERFUL, AS ARE THE ILLUSTRATIONS! (VICTORIA MAGAZINE)
Celebrate the lore of the garden and the joys of interacting with nature. Filled with cozy recollections and garden poems, a plant abecedarium and the charm of pansies, how to grow a zucchini “fish” in a bottle and why every garden needs a swing, this unique miscellany insures that the memorable outdoor experiences of childhood will be passed on from one generation to the next. Illustrating the book throughout are the author’s warm and appealing watercolors of a life in gardening remembered.
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
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR (6)
PLANTS FOR CHILDREN (12)
PLANNING GARDENS (28)
SECRET PLACES (60)
FLOWER DOLLS (72)
A VENERABLE TREE (80)
CROWNS, CHAINS, AND LEAFY HATS (86)
CELEBRATE SPRING (94)
FLOWER STORIES (98)
NATURE'S TOYSHOP (112)
GARDEN GAMES (132)
GLOSSARY OF PLANT NAMES (140)
PUZZLE ANSWERS (144)