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The Ultimate Step-by-step Kid's First Gardening Book: Fantastic Gardening Ideas for 5-12 Year Olds, from Growing Fruit and Vegetables and Having Fun ... to Wildlife Gardening and Craft Projects [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Jenny Hendy
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21 Jun 2010 Ultimate Step By Step
Winner of the 2010 Garden Media Guild Award for Practical Book of the Year! This exciting new book contains more than 150 projects for every child from 5 to 12. An introduction covers all the basics, and eight hands-on project chapters then follow, covering everyday techniques, edible treats, flower power, craft projects, wildlife gardening and indoor gardening. Clear instructions and more than 900 stunning colour photographs make following the projects easy, while expert tips and growing ideas provide inspiration and encourage experimentation. Invaluable 'you will need' lists, growing times and a star rating guide provide at-a-glance information to help you choose a suitable project, whether you want a small-scale indoor project for a rainy day or to get stuck in and grow you own flower rainbow, mini wildlife pond or a living wigloo.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books (21 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754819655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754819653
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 24.1 x 30.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jenny Hendy has turned a lifelong passion for plants and wildlife into a thriving career as a gardening author, designer, teacher and presenter. After gaining an Honours Degree in Botany, Hendy worked in horticultural retail before joining Gardening Which? Magazine. On turning freelance, she began writing and designing in earnest. She loves to share her enthusiasm and knowledge with others and maintains a busy schedule of speaking engagements as well as guesting on BBC Radio Stoke's gardening phone-in. In 2010, 'Kid's First Gardening Book' was awarded the prestigious Garden Media Guild Award for Best Practical Gardening Book.

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Comprehensive and simple-to-follow step-by-step guide to encouraging fledgling gardeners' passion, including 150 fabulous projects suitable for five to 12 year olds, with an excellent star rating guide based on difficulty. --The Bookseller 14.11.08.

Simply wonderful! Well conceived, pitched in a way that will engage both parents and children; laid out in a fun and eye-catching way, but also packed with facts. A logically ordered start provides a good lead into the following sections, that consists of a range of projects, ranked in order of their difficulty, when to do them as well as the time needed; helping the reader plan ahead. This is a book that clearly relates how to have fun while achieving simple projects within the garden. --The Garden Media Guild Award Judges 03.12.10

About the Author

Jenny Hendy worked as a researcher and writer for one of Britain's leading gardening magazines and since turning freelance has established a career as an internationally published author, lecturer, and radio broadcaster. In addition to writing and presenting, Jenny runs a thriving garden design consultancy. She also works with nursery and primary school children helping to run workshops and after-school clubs with practical and creative gardening and nature projects.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Grandchildren's Gift 4 Dec 2012
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We purchased this book for our Grandchildren as they love tinkering in the garden. The book is very informative
and easy to understand.

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As yet to see the practical outcomes of my grandsons enthusiasm. Hopefully we will be seeing the produce during the spring and summer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Substantial book 17 Aug 2013
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I bought this book to use with my 2 year old son. Its really substantial and starts from the basics which is just what we needed as I know nothing about gardening. Would definitely recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Don't Have to Be a Kid 27 July 2011
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I initially purchased this book to get ideas for working with my grandchildren and helping them to learn about and enjoy gardening just as their grandma does. After looking through the book, I discovered that this book wasn't just for kids, 5 -12, but it was written for "kids" of all ages. I had wanted to put in a small bog garden at the foot of a garden that I was constructing on a slope near our house, but found other sources to be a tad bit complicated and labor intensive. The instructions in THE ULTIMATE STEP-BY-STEP KIDS' FIRST GARDENING BOOK for this garden feature were simple, to the point, easily followed, and came together quickly. I now have a great bog garden filled with native Iowa plants that are now in full bloom.I am looking forward to trying some of the other gardening ideas next spring. I would highly recommend this book to any "kid" regardless of age as there are many small projects that would enhance anyone's garden and would just be plain fun to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW. Gorgeous Book. 27 Dec 2012
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Before I begin, let me state that I do not have a green thumb. Despite being raised on a farm and helping my parents plant their garden every year, I don't do well with plants. I try, but just don't have the knack. But for whatever reason, perhaps my upbringing, I aspire to HAVE a green thumb. So I keep reading, and keep trying. I also want my children to grow up with a love of plants and an appreciation of nature, so I'm always on the lookout for ideas I can share with them.

I stumbled across this book and decided on a whim to purchase it. I'm so glad I did. A lot of gardening books that speak of catering to children still rely on you to do the actual gardening for them to enjoy. This book has gardening projects that children themselves can do with some help from an adult. It is an absolutely gorgeous and inspiring book, and let me say that even if I didn't have kids, I probably still would have bought it. This brings gardening down to my level with simple projects that even I could handle with my time and resources. I've just flipped through parts of the book, and just about every page I lay eyes on grabs my attention and makes me want to start NOW. And I'm 41. This book isn't even for my age group (the book is for ages 5 - 12). Lovely book...I'm plotting now and can't wait for spring!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Step-by-Step Kids' First Gardening Book 3 Feb 2013
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This book has some great ideas in it. I used it for activities for senior citizens as well as the kids.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent gardening book 30 Dec 2013
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Really clear ideas for adults and kids to use, either together or independently. Very good photo illustrations.
A bit heavy to carry around!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 27 Dec 2013
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Nine year old nephew, average reader, serious garden-lover, seems to really enjoy this book. I haven't seen it in person, but his mom says it's great for him.
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