Josie Hanneman


February snow storms bring March gardening?

Perhaps that’s not how the saying goes, but if you’re dedicated to horticulture or botany, you’re probably already making plans. Your seeds were ordered months ago, and you’ve sketched out the herb patch. Now it’s time to look at some fabulous new garden plans, outdoor ideas, and natural inspiration.

“Bloom Boom!” by April Pulley Sayre

This children’s book has a beautiful array of wildflower photographs accompanied by simple text. Sayre concludes with great information about wildflowers and the habitat they provide. This picture book is perfect for the flower child in your family. The photography and general text are great for preschoolers and up, and the informative text at the end is aimed at an older audience.

“Plantology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Plants” by Michael Elsohn Ross

This is the perfect book for the curious nature lover, classroom teacher or homeschool family. This book will help you explore botany through well-designed experiments, observations and activities. The illustrations range from photographs of plants in their natural habitats, to horticultural and agricultural settings. There are drawings throughout that seem to be examples of both children and adult works. This book would be great for an upper elementary or middle school explorer.

“Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons for Growing A More Glorious Garden” by Kate Frey

Frey’s experience as an organic vegetable farmer and landscape specialist in temperate climates shines through in her book. She focuses on sustainable practices and biodiversity, while giving easy to follow explanations. The “lessons” run the gamut from how to benefit wildlife in your garden, to how to help create an area that will have a positive impact on your mental health. There are many practical tips that could help you repot a plant, conserve water and use native plants in your garden. While it is not comprehensive, it is extremely useful and rife with wonderful illustrations. This book is intended for an adult audience.

— Josie Hanneman is a community librarian at the Redmond Public Library. josieh@dpls.lib.or.usfa