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.
|Publisher:||Workman Publishing Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||8.54(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.83(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 10 Years|
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.
Read an Excerpt
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.
Inside the Crescent:
2 seedlings, jasmine tobacco
2 seedlings, evening primrose
2 seedlings, four-o'clocks
2 seedlings, evening-scented stock
2 six-packs, white alyssum
2 six-packs, white petunias
2 six-packs, white yarrow
6 seedlings, moonflowers
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.
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
What People are Saying About This
Barbara Youngblood, Children¹s Literature
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 I¹ll try the Flowery Maze myself next summer. What fun!