Lovejoy, Sharon (1945 - )

Genre: Children's Literature, Illustrator, Non-Fiction

Sharon Lovejoy -- who writes and illustrates gardening articles and gardening books for children -- divides her time between residences in Cambria, California, and South Bristol, Maine; Country Living magazine published a short piece on Lovejoy's 1930s campground cottage in South Bristol.

Fond of both botany and illustration, Lovejoy graduated with distinction in the field of art from San Diego State University. She has worked as a naturalist for the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History and for the Smithsonian Institute in Baja, California, and she frequently lectures about gardening at conferences, symposia, museums, botanical gardens and arboreta, educational institutions, and for professional trade associations and gardening organizations.

She writes and illustrates a gardening column for Country Living Gardener magazine and is a regular columnist for AAA's Northern New England Journey magazine. Her articles have also appeared in Family Life, Country America, The American Horticulturist, The Herb Companion, Ranger Rick, and People, Places and Plants, among others.

In 1999, she received the Quill and Trowel Award from Garden Writers Association of America (GWAA) for her magazine writing.

Selected Bibliography

Children's Books

  • Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children, (1999)
  • Hollyhock Days: Garden Adventures for the Young at Heart, (1994);
  • Sunflower Houses: Sharing Secrets from Gardens Past: A Book for Parents and Children, (2001)
  • The Little Green Island with a Little Red House: A Book of Colors and Critters, (2005) (Winner of the 2005 National Outdoor Book Award, Children's book Category

Books for Adults

  • Trowel & Error (2003),
  • A Blessing of Toads: A Gardener's Guide to Living with Nature (2004),

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