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Alliterating nonfiction about flowers and their names.

In this book, a young boy decides to observe and take note of everything growing in his garden.  This is a great read for young children who are just learning how to count, and adults will appreciate that it encourages them to eat healthy and local food!

Following Gordon’s sunflower field from seed to seed, you will meet the tools, animals, and people who enjoy the field along the way.

A year in the life of a sunflower, from seed to plant to flower and back to seed.

Mary Azarian’s woodblock carvings lead readers on an alphabet journey through the garden.

Meet Loretta Ball, the farmer and floral designer at The Never Ending Flower Farm in Barnardsville, NC. Loretta runs the farm with help from her husband, mother, and two sons, Quinn and Ledger. Loretta’s farming roots go back to her family’s tobacco farm. She and her family also grew a vegetable garden for many years, which gradually transformed into the u-pick flower farm business they run today. Watch our interview with Loretta to learn more about her family’s farm and the beautiful flowers they grow there. 

Alice’s grandfather made her promise to do something to make the world a more beautiful place. But young Alice isn’t sure yet what that will be.

Children and flowers both flourish when they are tended by someone who treats them with loving care.

It’s spring, and time to plant all the colors of the rainbow!