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Jul 27

Celebrating Gardening & Gardeners

Posted on July 27, 2017 at 4:51 PM by Elizabeth Land

This May, the York County Library system is celebrating gardening. Warm weather has arrived for good, and if you haven’t already gotten your plants and seeds in the ground, there’s no time like the present. Our Live Well @ Your Library series has two gardening-themed sessions for adults this month:

Both programs will be presented by Master Gardener Bethany Beck. Join us to learn how gardening can help you soothe the soul this May. [Editor's Note: The date has passed for these programs, but look below for a selection of fiction books for all ages featuring gardening.]

For both garden-enthusiasts and the outdoor-disinclined, we’ve put together a list of different fiction that focuses on gardening or gardeners. The list below includes fiction suggestions for adults and kids. For further reading and research, the Tabb and Yorktown libraries also have a wide variety of non-fiction books on plants, gardening, and other related topics.

Picture Books
  • Book cover for Paddington Bear in the GardenPaddington Bear in the Garden / Michael Bond — Paddington has a garden all his own and tries to make it the best ever.
  • Strega Nona’s Harvest / Tommie DePaola — After helping Strega Nona plant her vegetable garden just so, Big Anthony takes some extra seeds and sows another garden willy nilly, then must find a way to deal with the consequences.
  • Planting a Rainbow / Lois Ehlert — A mother and child plant a rainbow of flowers in the family garden.
  • The Ugly Vegetables / Grace Lin — A little girl thinks her mother's garden is the ugliest in the neighborhood until she discovers that flowers might look and smell pretty but Chinese vegetable soup smells best of all. Includes a recipe.
  • Zora’s Zucchini / Katherine Pryor — During her summer vacation, Zora decides to plant zucchini in the family's garden but ends up having way too much zucchini for just one family to eat.
Juvenile Fiction
  • Book cover for The Secret gardenThe Secret Garden / Frances Hodgson Burnett — Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
  • Mouse Scouts / Sarah Dillard — To earn their Sow It and Grow It badge, Violet, Tigerlilly, and the other Mouse Scouts plant a vegetable garden.
  • Edie the Garden Fairy / Daisy Meadows — Edie the garden fairy needs Rachel and Kirsty's help to find her missing magic wand in order to help turn an empty lot into a garden.
  • Green Thumbs-Up! / Jenny Meyerhoff — Third-grader Anna has had trouble making friends since her family moved from a small town in New York to Chicago, but a group project at school leads to new opportunities, including friendships, a club, and a garden she can work in, just like in her last home.
Ault Fiction
  • Book cover for The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber TreeThe Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree / Susan Wittig Albert — The Depression-era women of a Darling, Alabama, garden club get to the bottom of a mysterious buried treasure and a young woman's murder.
  • The Blue Rose / Anthony Eglin — A couple's dream of living peacefully in the Wiltshires is ruined when they try to learn the origins of a blue rose in their garden.
  • Earthly Joys / Philippa Gregory — An advisor to King James I, Sir Robert Cecil relies on the practical advice of John Tradescant, a gardener, who becomes an eyewitness to the historical events that are shaping a turbulent England on the brink of civil war.
  • Pushing Up Daisies / Rosemary Harris — Accompanying her friend Lucy on a trip to the Titans Hotel, gardener Paula Holliday takes the opportunity to write an article on the rare "corpse" flower on display at the hotel, but her trip goes awry when Lucy is detained and a would-be suitor turns up dead.
  • A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die / Edith Maxwell — When her recently-fired employee Mike Montgomery ends up dead, local organic farmer and CSA owner Cameron Flaherty must find the killer and clear her own name.
  • The Unfinished Garden / Barbara Claypole White — Following her husband's death, gardener Tilly Silverberg returns to England where she embarks on a relationship with American software developer James Nealy, who, to conquer his fears and compulsions, needs to plant a garden.