Looking for the Perfect End-of-Year Teacher’s Gift?


I don’t know about you, but I’m always a little blindsided by the end of the school year. After spring break, the time just flies, in a buckle-up-and-hang-on kind of way. On top of the day-to-day stress of just getting the kids out the door fully dressed with a lunch, finished homework, and the latest in the flurry of signed permission slips for end of the year field trips, we’re also shepherding our two boys through last-minute touches on final school projects, rushing them off to soccer or track practice a few times a week, and rearranging schedules to attend spring concerts and performances.

So it’s no wonder that I’m usually scrambling during the final week of school to come up with a thoughtful way to thank teachers for all their time, patience, and creativity throughout the year. This time, though, I’m ahead of the curve, thanks to a good friend of mine who stated the obvious when we were out for lunch a few weeks ago. She said (and I quote), “The Nitty Gritty Gardening Book is the perfect end of year gift for teachers!”

Who am I to argue with that? From the start, this book has been all about teaching kids how to garden by empowering them to do it themselves–digging with their own hands in the dirt, planting their own seeds, and growing their own food and flowers. With more schools planting gardens on site and incorporating lessons about growing your own food into the curriculum, this book is the perfect welcome to summer gift. And, in the spirit of the strawberry basket project on page 22, my plan is to also give a flowering plant or herb in a small basket. The kids will make the cards!


You’ll find inspiring gardening projects for all seasons in The Nitty Gritty Gardening Book, available through Amazon or Millbrook Press.

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