Contributed By: Erin Birdsong, Youth Services

The weather is already starting to warm up and soon it’ll be time to get your garden planted. You may have already noticed the Tower Gardens that have been growing rapidly around the county at each of our 15 branches. These Tower Gardens, awarded to GCPL through a grant, have been providing hands-on learning opportunities for our customers, including our youngest of patrons, growing different herbs and vegetables. You can stop by your local branch any time and introduce your child to the joy of gardening. While you’re there, check out some of these tasty gardening titles!


Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn

Anna McQuinn has written several beloved stories about Lola and this one isn’t to be missed. After Lola reads a book of garden poems, she wants to plant some flowers of her own. A story about piqued interest, preparation, and patience, make sure you find out what happens with Lola and her garden.





Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Not all gardens have fruits or vegetables. Some are just made of beautiful flowers. This is a fun, colorful story of a mother and child planting together.




My Garden by Kevin Henkes

After helping her mother with all of the responsibilities of tending to a garden, a young girl imagines what her perfect garden would be like. She imagines bunnies made of chocolate and jellybean bushes! What would you plant in the garden of your dreams?

Once you’ve been inspired by these fictional tales, check out our Easy Nonfiction section for additional titles with instructions and advice to get your garden started!