Wyatt’s World: Going “American Grown” with Michelle Obama

The recent publication of Michelle Obama’s American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America offers librarians an opportunity to display the gardening books they already own and acquire a few more for their collections. Here are five excellent choices that cover a range of interests that align with the themes of American Grown:

  • Grow Fruit by Alan Buckingham (DK)
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables by Marie Iannotti (Timber Pr.)
  • Sweet Peas for Summer by Laetitia Maklouf (Bloomsbury)
  • McGee & Stuckey’s Bountiful Container: Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers by Rose Marie Nichols McGee and Maggie Stuckey (Workman)
  • Project Garden: A Month-by-Month Guide to Planting, Growing, and Enjoying ALL Your Backyard Has To Offer by Stacy Tornio (Adams Media)

To keep up with the best gardening books published each year, track the American Horticultural Society Garden Book Awards and the Garden Media Guild Awards.

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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net