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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Pr; First Edition, First Printing edition (1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883010012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883010010
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


(Sharon Lovejoy) has written these two splendid books for parents or grandparents or grownup friends to share with children. -- Children's Book Review, Summer 1995

Hollyhock Days is a book to read curled up in front of a warm fire on a cold day.... -- International Herb Association Newsletter, Portia Meares,

If television's Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood had a visiting gardener, it would make perfect sense to cast Sharon Lovejoy.... -- Country America, March 1995

Lovejoy's book...tapped the tremendous longing people of all ages have to experience nature and to thrill...at its unending beauty.... -- The News Journal, Wilmington, DE, Jane Harriman, June 1995

The text is beautifully written and illustrated with delicate magical watercolor drawings. A treasure. Keep it up, Sharon. -- American Library Book Review, October 1995

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Gardening is fun, and it can also be funny-all you need is good soil, water, sunshine, seeds, and a sense of humor. "Hollyhock Days" will introduce kids and grown-ups alike to the joys of nature through interesting facts, memories, heartwarming stories, garden plans and porjects.

Being a gardener doesn't require fancy tools and a big yard, says the book's author, Sharon Lovejoy, whose favorite gardening tool is a big kitchen spoon borrowed from her mother. The simple hands-on projects in "Hollyhock Days" foster a renewed and childlike sense of the wonders to be found in everyone's backyard.

You'll learn how to have fun with carrots, create a hollyhock tent, tickle sunflowers, make a caterpillar cave, wash with a squash, and much, much more. Adorned with delightful illustrations by Sharon, this light hearted volume is the ideal companion to her other books.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1997
Format: Paperback
A companion book to her popular classic "Sunflower Houses," this treasure book also can stand on it's own to give as a gift to children through grandparents...the watercolors range from the whimsical to botanical impressions. I use this as a guidebook when I seek inspiration, good memories, and ideas beyond the practical garden books.
This book starts at planning a simple garden for children and adults and closes with a friendly conversation about garden critters. Each section mingles garden memories from children to grandparents, and includes poems, delicate illustrations, lists of plants, and ideas in a gentle and nostalgic way. This book inspires me to plan garden time even after a hard day or a sleepy early morning rising.
My family members have always loved beautiful gardens for good, healthy eating, quiet work, or simply to gain pleasure in sweet smells and bright blooms. This book celebrates not only the garden for it's generous gifts to people, but also the family who loves quiet and gentle times
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Richardson on August 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Sharon Lovejoy makes you want to be the gardener you've always longed to be but didn't know where to start. I could not put the book down and read it in one sitting. She has inspired me to believe I can do gardening! Her ideas and tips are useful and doable. I highly recommend this to parents and teachers to encourage children to connect with nature and gardening.
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By Barbara M. Crawford on January 10, 2013
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The fun and creative ideas in this book will make you want to spend more time outdoors. Some of the ideas are old forgotten ones that do need to be revived. Glad Sharon Lovejoy is doing this with this book and all the others she has written!!
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More About the Author

For the first seven years of her life, Sharon Lovejoy was introduced to the wonders of nature by her Quaker grandmother Abigal Lovejoy, a botanist and an educator. As an adult, Sharon's passion for the natural world guided her to become an award winning nature, gardening, and children's book author and watercolor illustrator.

As a graduate with Distinction in the Field of Art from San Diego State University, Sharon successfully combined her training in art with her love of botany and natural science. She worked as a docent naturalist for the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History and for the Smithsonian Institution in the lagoons of Baja, California.

In 1982, she founded Heart's Ease Herb Shop & Gardens in Cambria, California, where she shared her love and knowledge of nature and ethnobotany with visitors for the next 15 years.

Sharon's home, business, and display gardens first captured national attention on the cover of the August 1990 issue of Country Living magazine. Since then, her home and garden creations have appeared in numerous books and magazines, and she has been a guest on countless radio and television shows from coast to coast, including NBC's Today, HGTV, and The Victory Garden on PBS.

In 1991, Interweave Press published her first book Sunflower Houses: Garden Discoveries for Children of All Ages,a recollection of the influence from her Grandmother Lovejoy and the inspiration that has introduced tens of thousands of children to the wonders of nature through gardening.

From 1993 to 2006, Sharon wrote and illustrated the award winning, regular feature column "Heart's Ease" in Country Living GARDENER magazine. She currently is the Southern California regional contributor for the popular Lowe's home improvement store "Garden Grow Along" blog and a frequent contributor to Farming magazine.

Sharon has been a consultant for the Reader's Digest Association and a children's garden design consultant at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in San Francisco, the  Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College in El Cajo, California, and for EDAW, one of the world's leading landscape architectural firms (now AECON), at the Red Butte Botanical Gardens in Salt Lake City and the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. In 1996, she was chosen to design the Children's Gardening Pavilion for the highly respected Cincinnati Flower and Garden Show. She currently serves on the National Children and Youth Garden Advisory Panel of the American Horticultural Society.

As a recognized gardening expert, Sharon has lectured throughout the United States at conferences, educational symposia, museums, botanic gardens, arboreta, public and private educational institutions, and for professional trade associations and gardening organizations.

Her professional affiliations include The Authors Guild, Inc., Garden Writers Association, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and American Horticultural Society. In 1995, Sharon served as President of the International Herb Association.

For her contributions to education, Sharon received the Key to the City of Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Gold Leaf Award from the Santa Clara Department of Education at the Kindergarten Forum in Saratoga, California. Her writings have been reprinted in educational and testing publications in English and Spanish.

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