Monday, March 5, 2012

Project Garden

Project Garden by Stacy Tornio, Adams Media, 2012
Something I care about, and I bet you do too, is getting children outside -- no TV, video games or cellphones, just fresh air and greenery and wide blue skies.

Encouraging enthusiasm for the natural world in our children and grandchildren is important.  Besides, being outside is fun -- and it's healthy for them, for us, and for the planet!

Stacy Tornio has written Project Garden with this in mind.  In her 192 page book you will find a month-by-month guide "to planting, growing, and enjoying ALL your backyard has to offer."

Project Garden has over 175 gardening and garden craft projects, simple recipes, and games.  Try upcycling a wastebasket into a birdbath, or making radish chips for snack.  Or, how about planting a spooky-themed garden with creepy plants like dragon's blood sedum or white Caspar pumpkins?

The text is interspersed with adorable watercolor paintings, and the layout is parent-friendly and attractive.  Project Garden will make it easy for you to create memories and nature love with your special little ones.

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Stacy Tornio is a master gardener, writer, and editor at Birds and Blooms magazine.  I'm excited that A Charlotte Garden will be a stop on her virtual book tour, with a guest post here on March 30th!  As part of her tour, she will give away ten (ten!) copies of Project Garden during the month of March at her blog, StacyGrows.com.  Winners will be announced in early April.  Good luck!

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10 comments:

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    1. it is cute, gina...some old ideas with a twist and some new things entirely. i've enjoyed looking through it.

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  2. You are so right! Getting children outside in nature is always a goal of mine. My girls are older now, but I always hope that the time they spent enjoying nature when they were young will stick with them. Thank you for sharing this book!

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    1. my children are grown, too, lucy, but i'm really looking forward to grandchildren to play in the dirt with!

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  3. How exciting for you to have a guest poster. Looking forward to it. The project sounds great.

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    1. janet, it is exciting to have stacy tornio posting here! i like having the chance to support her book and the whole notion of getting children involved with gardening.

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  4. I love the idea of getting kids out in the garden and outside. I have a miniature gardening kit waiting for some little hands in my pantry as we speak. I'll have to check out the book.

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    1. jess, oh! i remember those cute little miniature gardening kits! my kids liked the digging tools best. it took a while to teach them not to uproot things! if you haven't already, head over to stacy's blog and enter the contest. your odds of winning a copy of the book are pretty good!

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  5. Sounds like a nice book! My daughter is a little old for it now (and we have more of a problem getting her to come INSIDE) but I'll keep it in mind to recommend to other moms. :)

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    1. i bet your daughter is quite a naturalist/gardener already with you for a mom! thanks for stopping by, eliza.

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