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Children's Gardening

The library collection includes a variety of titles on gardening with children. Visit the Thyme 4 Kids section for gardening ideas and additional information.


Ayers, Patricia. A Kid's Guide to How Herbs Grow. New York, N.Y.: Rosen Publishing Group, 2000.

Azarian, Mary. The Gardener's Alphabet. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.

Bales, Suzanne Frutig. Ready, Set, Grow: A Guide to Gardening with Children. New York: Macmillan, 1996.

Bjork, Christina and Lena Anderson. Linnea's Windowsill Garden. New York: R & S Books, 1988.

Brennan, Georgeanne and Ethel Brennan. The Children's Kitchen Garden: A Book of Gardening, Cooking and Learning. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 1997.

Bruce, Hank. Garden Projects for the Classroom & Special Learning Programs. Rio Rancho, New Mexico: Petals & Pages, 2003.

Bucklin-Sporer, Arden. How to Grow a School Garden: a Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2010.

Caduto, Michael J. Keepers of Life. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, c1995.

Caduto, Michael J. Keepers of Life: Teachers Guide. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, c1995.

Caduto, Michael J. and Joseph Bruchac. Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects and Recipes for Families. Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum, 1996.

Carlson, Laurie M. Green Thumbs. Chicago Illinois: Chicago Review Press, c1995.

Cherry, Lynne and Mark J. Plotkin. The Shaman's Apprentice: a Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest. San Diego, Calif.: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1998.

Dannenmaier, Molly. A Child's Garden: 60 Ideas to make any Garden come alive for Children. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, 2008.

De la Tour, Shatoiya. The Herbalist of Yarrow: A Fairy Tale of Plant Wisdom. Sacramento: Tzedakah, 1994.

Dennee, JoAnne. In the Three Sisters Garden. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt, 1996. 

Eames-Sheavly, Marcia. Sowing the Seeds of Success: how to Start and Sustain a Kids' Gardening Project in your Community. Burlington, VT: National Gardening Association, c1999.

Fleischman, Paul. Seedfolks. New York: HarperCollins, 1997.

Fleischman, Paul. Weslandia. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 1999.

Gertley, Jan & Michael. The Family Garden: Clever Things to Do In, Around & Under the Garden. New York: Sterling, 1997.

Gillis, Jennifer Storey. Green Beans & Tambourines: Over 30 Summer Projects and Activities for Fun-Loving Kids. Pownal, Vermont: Storey Communications, 1995.

Greening School Grounds: Creating Habitats for Learning. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2001.

Growing in the Garden. Iowa: Iowa State University, c2000.

Hannemann, Monika. Gardening with Children. Brooklyn, NY : Brooklyn Botanic Garden, c2007.

Hardesty, Constance. Grow Your Own Pizza: Gardening Plans and Recipes for Kids. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Kids, 2000.

Heffernan, Maureen. Hershey Children's Garden. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2004.

Hirota, Seiko. Herbs. Japan: NHK, 2000. (in Japanese)

Jaffe, Roberta. The Growing Classroom: Garden based Science. Menlo Park, California: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., c1990.

Jekyll, Gertrude. Children and Gardens. Suffolk, England: Antique Collector's Club, 1982.

Johnson, Sylvia A. A Beekeeper's Year. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1994. 

Kelly, M. A. A Child's Book of Wildflowers. New York: Macmillan, 1992.

Kiefer, Joseph. Digging Deeper: Integrating Youth Gardens into Schools & Communities. Montpelier, Vt.: Food Works, Common Roots Press, c1998.

Kite, L. Patricia. Gardening Wizardry for Kids. Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's, 1995. 

Larson, Jean M. Generations Gardening Together: Sourcebook for Intergenerational Therapeutic Horticulture. New York : Food Products Press, c2006.

Liebreich, Karen. The Family Kitchen Garden. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2009.

Lobel, Arnold. The Rose in My Garden. New York: William Morrow & Company, 1984.

Lovejoy, Sharon. Hollyhock Days: Garden Adventures for the Young at Heart. Loveland, Colorado: Interweave Press, 1994.

Lovejoy, Sharon. Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together With Children. New York : Workman Pub., 1999.

Lovejoy, Sharon. Sunflower Houses: Garden Discoveries for Children of All Ages. Loveland, Colorado: Interweave Press, 1991. 

Mannes, Judy. Seeds of Change: Learning from the Garden. Parsippany, NJ: Dale Seymour, 2001.

Matthews, Clare. Great Gardens for Kids. New York: Sterling, 2002.

Matthews, Clare. How does your Garden Grow? Great Gardening for Green-fingered Kids. London: Hamlyn, 2005.

Moore, Robin. Plants for Play: a Plant Selection Guide for Children's Outdoor Environments. Berkeley, Calif. : MIG Communications, c1993. Norris, Fiona M. Pepe's Family Reunion. Fort Worth: Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1995.

Penner, Lucille Recht. The Tea Party Book with Menus, Recipes, Decorations, and Favors to Make. New York: Random House, 1993.

Pranis, Eve. Schoolyard Mosaics: Designing Gardens and Habitats. Burlington, VT: National Gardening Association, 2002.

Rhoades, Diane. Garden Crafts for Kids: 50 Great Reasons to Get Your Hands Dirty. New York: Sterling, 1995.

Richardson, Beth. Gardening with Children. Newtown, Connecticut: Taunton Press, 1998.

Rickey, Ann Heiskell. Bugs & Critters I Have Known. Topanga, Calif.: Old Canyon Press, 1999.

Ryder, Joanne. Where Butterflies Grow. New York: Dutton, 1989.

Silver, Donald M. One Small Square Backyard. New York: W. H. Freeman and Company, 1993. 

Starbuck, Sara. Hollyhocks and Honeybees: Garden Projects for Young Children. St. Paul, Minn. : Redleaf Press, c2002.

Stewart, Sarah. The Gardener. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1997.

Svedberg, Ulf and Lena Anderson. Nicky the Nature Detective. New York: R & S Books, 1988.

Tierra, Lesley. A Kid's Herb Book. San Francisco, Calif. : R.D. Reed, c2000.

Tilgner, Linda. Let's Grow: 72 Gardening Adventures with Children. Pownal, Vermont: Storey Communications, 1988.

Wilkes, Angela. Growing Things. London, England: Usborne, 1984.


Look What I Grew: Windowsill Gardens, 45 min., Intervideo, 1993, videocassette.


The North and Central Texas Unit of The Herb Society of America, Children's Herbal Activities, 1994.

Taylor, J. Lee and Jane L. Taylor, Heritage Gardening Vegetables, n. d.  Taylor, J. Lee and Jane L. Taylor, The Michigan 4-H Guide to Herb Gardening Projects, 1993.

The Western Reserve Herb Society of The Herb Society of America, Herbs and Children: A Herbal Handbook, 1991.

McGlashan, Patricia. A Growing Experience with Herbs: Youth Education at the U.S. National Arboretum, 1998.