American Grown

By Michelle Obama

Through telling the story of the White House Kitchen Garden, First Lady Michelle Obama explores how increased access to healthful, affordable food can promote better eating habits and improve health for families and communities across America.

Mrs. Obama describes how Sasha and Malia were the catalysts for change for their family’s eating behavior which inspired her national initiative to address childhood obesity and resulted in the idea to plant a vegetable garden on the South Lawn, the first since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden. American Grown is inspirational and instructive and will provide ideas for readers to get involved and join the movement to create community gardens, support local farmers markets, create school gardens, and start urban gardens, as well as other ways that they can make small changes to achieve big results and create healthy eating habits.

Since entering the White House, Mrs. Obama has emerged as a passionate advocate for healthful eating and exercise. In February 2010 she launched “Let’s Move!,” a nationwide initiative to address the epidemic of childhood obesity by empowering parents and caregivers with information, improving food quality in schools, increasing access to healthy, affordable food, and encouraging increased physical activity.

American Grown speaks to these issues which Mrs. Obama has strongly advocated for – in particular, making better food choices. It also includes practical ideas, recipes, and resources as well as tips on how to begin a garden of any size, anywhere and how to support local farmers’ markets.

Filled with gorgeous full-color photography, American Grown includes stunning photos of the White House garden and Mrs. Obama throughout the seasons, as well as other community and school gardens from around the country.

Mentors in the Garden of Life

By Colleen Plimpton

Plants and People and Lessons Learned in the Dirt
Popular garden columnist, lecturer and coach Colleen Plimpton has written a unique gardening memoir filled with funny, sad, touching and memorable stories of her years of digging in the dirt, the many people who nurtured her interest from childhood, and the unexpected life lessons she learned from morning glories, lilacs, potatoes, and even dandelions. Each chapter concludes with a detailed profile of the plant or woodland creature around which the story revolved.

For those of you who love gardening, Colleen Plimpton’s memoir Mentors in the Garden of Life is a book you don’t want to miss. It is a beautifully written story that traces her development as a person into one of America’s foremost gardening experts. Readers will meet stern grandparents, a loving great aunt, and a young uncle, whose death made a deep impression upon his niece. Today, Colleen is a highly-acclaimed author, gardner, columnist, lecturer, and instructor. Her award-winning one-acre ornamental garden has been on numerous tours, and serves as a living classroom laboratory where she teaches composting, composition, color and many other how-to’s of gardening. She volunteers her time and expertise to the local garden club and other non-profit groups. Her articles have appeared in numerous gardening publications.

Mentors in the Garden of Life has received numerous awards, among them:
* 2011 Connecticut Book Award Finalist in the Memoir category
* The 2011 International Book Awards winner, Home: Gardening category
* Best Books 2010 Awards Finalist, Home: Gardening, from USABookNews.com

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