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About the Author

Sharon Lovejoy, an author, illustrator, lecturer, and teacher, is the children's garden adviser to the American Horticultural Society, and has been a guest on Today at NBC, PBS's Victory Garden, and the Discovery Channel. She speaks at conferences and gardening organizations around the country. She has four grandchildren, and divides her time between San Luis Obispo, California, and South Bristol, Maine.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; First Edition edition (January 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761126325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761126324
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Paula Fitzsimmons on April 27, 2003
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This has to be one of the most original books I think I've read -- and not just within the gardening category.
This is the type of book that if you adopt just one or two of the over-700 ideas, your money would be well spent. You will benefit not only from the author's years of professional experience, but also from the trial (trowl) and error in her own garden.
The art and design of this book is fabulous, and is presented in easy bytes.
I love this book and highly recommend it to any gardener -- from beginner to expert.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By K. Fritz on June 28, 2004
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It's a little book, but it is PACKED with great information. Especially if you are trying to stay pesticide free - this is a great resource for you. I have two small children who can help garden with this book, all her suggestions are pet and child friendly!
Great ideas for things you probably already have around the house that will improve your garden. I have only had it a little while, but have already used a bunch of recommendations SUCCESSFULLY!
Funny to read, delightful illustrations, accurate information and wonderful tips and tricks. Buy it. You won't regret it!
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2003
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A fantastically informative and humourous book. Hundreds of organic ways to keep your garden free of pests and preditors plus much, much more. I have all of Sharon's books. They are by far my favorite of the dozens of gardening books I own. I had better purchase a second book for my garden library because I know I will wear this book out.
A note to Sharon Lovejoy - KEEP WRITING !!!
Barbara Cusick, Certified Advanced Master Gardener.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Traci L. Lamm on July 10, 2003
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I'm only a few pages into this book and I had to stop to enter this review. BUY IT!!!! You'll be glad you did. It is so cute and full of great information. This book has already earned a permanent spot in my gardening book collection.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Susanne Carlisle on June 3, 2006
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I first checked this book out at the library before I bought it. I don't have a lot of spare cash and quite honestly, I don't have a lot of space, either.

This book was worth the cost in both space and money! First of all, even if it wasn't jammed packed with really useful information for a gardener of any skill level, I would like it for the illustrations--it's just charming. Also, the advice is broken up in little tid-bits that make it easy to read--pick it up, and put it back down again with ease.

There's many useful ideas in here, my favorite being the compost-pile pumpkin trick (grow a prize-winning pumpkin--make it a compost heap and plant it on top) and the tobasco pepper bug spray. (Doesn't work on Cajun bugs--just kidding).

You won't regret getting this little book whether you garden a little or a lot. Ms. Lovejoy has packed it with such charming ideas and useful information that you'll want to buy a copy for your gardening friends as well! It makes a great little gift.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Johnson on April 22, 2005
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I have had such fun reading through this book. There are so many quick and easy remedies for the garden. I have started to use many of them already, and I have had the book only a couple of weeks. Also, the pictures that accompany the helpful hints are so cheerful and fun I did not want to stop reading.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lizzy on September 19, 2005
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This has become my favorite gardening book overnight. Not only does it have so many wonderful and unconventional ideas, but it is written with warmth and humor. It is not your ordinary factual gardening manual--willow tea, strawberry baskets sunk into the ground for finiky transplants,homemade hollyhock and rose spray, coffee grounds for acid loving plants,fool-proof natural cat repellent. And, those are just a few of Sharon LoveJoy's clever ideas! I highly recommend this book. I find myself constantly pulling it out just for the enjoyment of reading it and getting a great big smile on my face-- even when there is no gardening to be done. The writing is great, the little sketches are great and the ideas are wonderful. I can't say enough. I just love this book. Give it a try. I think you will be happy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Buckley on December 28, 2009
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This unique read is a nice item to read in pieces --- that way, you might not realize many of the tips are very similar, with slight variations --- Once I read the first couple that were very similar, it is hard not reading a new one and thinking "..where else will I see this in the book..."

I passed this onto people at work, and 2 of the 3 said the same thing...

Should have kept with 300 and noted on some "...also can be used to..."
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