Arbor Day Square


Arbor Day Square
by Kathryn O. Galbraith
Illustrated by Cyd Moore


32 pages
Peachtree Publishers, April 2010
List price: $16.95






Arbor Day is traditionally celebrated on the last Friday in April, although some states choose a different day to set aside to plant trees.Young and old might wonder about the history behind this holiday, which is also now observed in several other countries, including England, Australia, and Mexico.

In Galbraith's book,  lavishly and charmingly illustrated by Cyd Moore, the reasons for Arbor Day are woven throughout the story of Katie and her family, as they settle on the prairie.  A sense of community is illustrated through the coming together of the townspeople to plant trees where there were none.  The rest of the story shows them enjoying the trees in various ways as they grow, then as time passes and future generations enjoy them, too.

Arbor Day Square is an educational book that's fun, targeted for ages 4-8.



Kathryn O. Galbraith is an award-winning children's book author with more than a dozen picture books to her credit, including Boo, Bunny!; Traveling Babies; and Laura Charlotte. She teaches writing for children at the University of Washington.You can visit Kathryn O. Galbraith's website at: www.kathrynogalbraith.com.



Cyd Moore has illustrated more than twenty books, including What Do Parents Do? (when you're not home); I Love You, Stinky Face; Merry Christmas, Stinky Face; It's Time for School, Stinky Face; and I Miss You, Stinky Face (which was featured on PBS's Between the Lines). She lives in Michigan. You can visit Cyd Moore's website at: www.cydmoore.com.


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So You Want to Be a Garden Designer

So You Want to Be a Garden Designer: How to Get Started, Grow, and Thrive in the Landscape Design Business
by Love Albrecht Howard

423 pages
Timber Press, 2010
List price: $29.95






If you're thinking about venturing further into your love of gardening and want to make a career of designing gardens for others, here would be the place to start.  This is a college course in a book and the tuition is one of the best values for your money. And once you finish the class, it becomes your handbook that you'll turn to many times for advice.

Topics included are:
  • Turning your passion into your profession
  • Basics of running a small business
  • Occupational hazards: lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
  • Irrigation, drainage, and lighting
  • Pathways, walls, and fences
  • Spas, pools, and poolscaping
  • Now you have a client! The design process
  • Working with nurseries and other suppliers
  • Working with subcontractors
  • When things go wrong
  • The business grows
  • But am I any good?

There are a lot of things to consider when making the jump from gardener to landscape designer and Ms. Howard pulls no punches as she lays it out for those who may want to make it their career.  At the same time, she is encouraging and presents the material in a friendly, easy-to-understand way, with several photographic examples of finished work.

Don't dismiss this book just because you aren't wanting to make a career of landscape designing. You can find inspiration and direction for improving your own property as well.



Love Albrecht Howard has owned her landscape and garden design business since 1994. Her design work has been featured in national magazines and on the HGTV and DIY cable networks and she has taught local adult education classes in gardening as well as chemical-free lawn and land care.


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Kids in the Garden: Growing Plants for Food and Fun

Kids in the Garden: Growing Plants for Food and Fun
by Elizabeth McCorquodale

96 pages
Black Dog Publishing, March 2010
List price: $17.95






If you want to teach a child the gardening basics, the best way is to take him outside and show him.  Even better is to have a manual that has plenty of pictures, instructions, and fun activities to go with it - a manual like Kids in the Garden: Growing Plants for Food and Fun.

It's all here.  Beginning with the botanical basics, including just enough information to make it interesting without getting bogged down with the particulars, kids will learn parts of a plant and what they do. From soil and insects to watering and composting, everything a gardener needs to know to successfully grow plants is shown using colorful photos and illustrations.

The second part of the book has more than 50 gardening-related projects, along with an introduction to herbs. Seventeen pages of easy-to-make recipes, followed by a glossary of terms wraps it all up quite nicely.

For those who want to introduce a child to the wonderful world of growing your own food, this book, combined with a pair of gardening gloves, a trowel, and a few packets of seeds, would make a wonderful gift.  The book is aimed at ages 5-11.


Elizabeth McCorquodale is a mother-of-three, a passionate gardener, and an irrepressible gardening writer.  Her previous work includes Growing Stuff: An Alternative Guide to Gardening.

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