Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children

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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.

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Newsday
“Sure to make kids want to get into the garden.”

Newsday

Michael Sims
June 1999 "She (author Sharon Lovejoy) writes clearly and with the casual authority of long standing expertise. Sharon Lovejoy has created a career out of as noble an activity as you can imagine-teaching children to stay connected with the earth. Gardening painlessly teaches patience and foresight, encourages imagination, and demonstrates how the natural world works.
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Wow! I really like this book...from the incredibly charming illustrations to the profuse amount of gardening information, Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots is a winner. It¹s aimed at getting children to connect to nature through gardening, and through the many entertaining and downright wonderful ideas for theme gardens that shouldn¹t be too hard...It¹s a perfect way to both get your kid interested in gardening and provide inspiration for yourself.
Art Vision Arts & Entertainment Guide
This is a beautifully illustrated book that serves as an invitation to all adults to celebrate the earth with a child, by taking the time to garden together and journey together into your back yard, thereby establishing 'roots.
Children's Literature - Barbara Youngblood
Talk about a powerhouse book on gardening, this is it. From the "Top 20 Plants for Kids" to specialized gardens like the Moon Garden, Giant Garden, or Zuni Garden a wealth of information is presented to the reader. Several short vignettes and poems about gardening are found throughout each chapter. Ideas that can be achieved in small spaces are quite fun and challenging. I think I'll try the Flower Maze myself next summer. What fun!
Theresa Loe
If I owned a book like this when I was growing up, I might well have learned to enjoy gardening at a much earlier age, but as Lovejoy points out, it is never too late to be a child at heart.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761110569
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 4 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.13 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet 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.

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FROM THE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE A MOON GARDEN:

f you think that nothing happens in your yard after dark, you're in for a big surprise. Magic happens and miracles unfold when you plant a garden with nightblooming flowers. Under a full moon, your garden looks enchanted, glowing luminously in the night. Critters you never see in daylight stop for snacks; some stay to raise families. And you'll be able to watch it all happening from behind the leafy walls of a vine-covered tent.

Fragrance is the color of night. When evening comes in the Moon Garden, pale flowers that look bedraggled and tired during the day lift their heads, open, and release their potent perfumes. Giant, fairylike moths slip from hiding places and follow invisible pathways of fragrance through the moonlight. Bats awaken, stretch their wings, and fly overhead in search of insects. Toads, frogs, glowworms, and fireflies become your guests. Spread out your flowery welcome mat and wait for darkness to fall.

MOON GARDEN—Ingredients

Inside the Crescent:

2 seedlings, jasmine tobacco

2 seedlings, evening primrose

2 seedlings, four-o'clocks

2 seedlings, evening-scented stock

The Borders:

2 six-packs, white alyssum

2 six-packs, white petunias

2 six-packs, white yarrow

The Tent:

6 seedlings, moonflowers

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5 6-foot bamboo poles or 2-by-2-inch lumber

Excerpted from Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots by Sharon Lovejoy. Copyright (c) 1999. Reprinted with permission by Workman Publishing.

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Table of Contents

TOP 20 PLANTS FOR KIDS

THEME GARDENS:

The Pizza Patch

Sunflower House

Buckets, Boxes & Boots

Snacking & Sipping Garden

Moon Garden

The Flowery Maze

A Garden of Giants

Mother Nature's Medicine Chest

Zuni Waffle Garden

GARDENING BASICS

How to Plan, Plant & Care for Your Garden

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

    Fun ideas!

    I purchased this book because I wanted to impart my love of gardening to my daughter and this book, especially the first chapter, has some wonderful ideas on which plants are most interesting/intriguing to kids. Several interesting chapters on various types of gardens you can plant, like a pizza garden or plant beans in a teepee that your child can walk into and play inside. My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed the pictures in the book even though she cannot read. I can't wait to plant my garden!

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