Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots: Gardening together with Children

Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots: Gardening together with Children

by Sharon Lovejoy


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Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots: Gardening together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761117650
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/1999
Pages: 176
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


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


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



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


How to Plan, Plant & Care for Your Garden

What People are Saying About This

Barbara Youngblood

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!

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