It’s that time of year again to be thinking about gardening and planting your favorite flowers. We have a gardening section in our General Books Department full of great books about how to take care of your garden. Plus we have a whole bunch of fun gardenging toys and crafts up in our Toys Department that your kids are sure to love.
Gardening LAB for Kids by Renata Brown
A refreshing source of ideas to help your children learn to grow their own patch of earth, Gardening Lab for Kids encourages children to get outside and enjoy nature. This fun and creative book features 52 plant-related activities set into weekly lessons, beginning with learning to read maps to find your heat zone, moving through seeds, soil, composting, and then creating garden art and appreciating your natural surroundings.
Author Renata Brown guides your family through fun opportunities learning about botany, ecology, the seasons, food, patience, insects, eating, and cooking. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hands-on outdoor experiences. The lessons in this book are open-ended to be explored over and over – with different results each time! Children of all ages and experience levels can be guided by adults and will enjoy these engaging exercises. So, slip on your muddy clothes, and get out and grow!
Joy in Your Garden by Joy Bossi
With easy-to-learn tips and advice from experts Joy Bossi and Karen Bastow, Joy in Your Garden: A Seasonal Guide to Gardening will have you gardening in no time! Novice gardeners or natural green thumbs will enjoy the success of gardening in any season of the year. The expertise and wisdom provided in this book will help you master the art of gardening, from using the correct tools for your garden to choosing a ripe watermelon. With beautiful photographs and helpful sketches, this book is sure to please the gardener in your family!
Handmade For The Garden by Susan Guagliumi
The DIY craze has moved beyond the craft room and into the garden! Relying on easy-to-find, inexpensive, and repurposed materials, Handmade for the Garden is a treasure trove of original projects that not only make planting and growing efficient and successful but also add a personal touch to the gardenscape.
Among the myriad projects in this hardworking book are mini hothouses; painted, stamped, and stenciled terracotta planters; hypertufa and cement pots and decorations; rustic and formal fencing and trellises; plant markers and stakes; and sieves and baskets. With Handmade for the Garden to inspire them, gardeners of all skill levels will be empowered to experiment with form and function to discover creative, artful ways to personalize and beautify their gardens with handmade objects.