Books About Gardens

April showers bring May flowers, so the saying goes, making these months busy times in the garden! If you have a garden of your own, these books will get you excited about the planting season, but they'll also give non-gardeners a taste of the gardening life.

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

This classic picture book tells the story of a woman who makes the world a more beautiful place by planting lupine flowers. With gorgeous illustrations and gentle prose, Miss Rumphius is well deserving the high praise it has received from children's book critics. Recommended for young readers ages 4-8.



The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Perhaps the first children's book that comes to mind when one thinks of books about gardens, The Secret Garden has captivated readers for just over a century. It's in the public domain and available to read for free online, or you can order my favorite edition with illustrations by Tasha Tudor. Recommended for middle grade readers ages 8-11 and upper middle grade readers ages 11-14.




Down the Garden Path by Beverley Nichols

Beverley Nichols wrote many books that would suit this theme, but Down the Garden Path is the first he wrote about gardens. Nichols' Allways and Merry Hall trilogies are an interesting blend of fact and fiction, describing Nichols' real homes and gardens but inserting fictional characters and plots. Recommended for young adults ages 14+.