Discover 15 plants and fungi with life-changing powers and learn how to grow them at home.
Meet their surprising relatives (the tasty tomato is a cousin of deadly nightshade!) and unearth their interesting stories (lettuce was the first plant to be grown in space!). Then follow step-by-step instructions to grow and care for each one, whether you have a big backyard garden or a sunny windowsill.
Written by horticulturalist Riz Reyes and fully illustrated by Sara Boccaccini Meadows, this is the perfect introduction to growing plants for families everywhere.
Rizaniño Reyes is a horticulturalist, speaker, and educator. Growing up in the Philippines, Reyes spent his childhood on a fruit plantation managed by his father before moving to the Pacific Northwest at age seven. Upon arrival in the United States, Reyes learned the names of the new and strange flowers and continued to nurture his love of horticulture—“the art and science of plants”—at the University of Washington. Of his work, he says he hopes to inspire more young people, “especially people of color, to be involved with interacting with nature and learning about the environment . . . If everyone did this, can you imagine what a beautiful world this could be?” Sara Boccaccini Meadows is a British-born illustrator based in Los Angeles. Her playful and illustrative work, created in watercolor, gouache, and ink pen, and inspired by the great outdoors, has won her an audience of a quarter of a million followers on Instagram.