Award winning garden writer and naturalist Sharon Lovejoy is the author and illustrator of three books that introduce children to nature through gardening. Her most recent book is Sunflower Houses: Inspiration from the Garden–A Book for Children and Their Grown-Ups (Workman, 2001). Her other books include Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children (Workman Publishing, 1999) and Hollyhock Days: Garden Adventures for the Young at Heart (Interweave Press, 1994)
In addition to her own books, Ms. Lovejoy contributed to Growing Fruits and Vegetables Organically (Rodale Press), Potpourri and Fragrant Crafts (Reader's Digest), The Herb Tea Book (Interweave Press), and Herb Drying Handbook (Altamont Press).
For the past eight years, she has written and illustrated a feature column as a Contributing Editor for Country Living GARDENER magazine. Her work has also appeared in Northern New England Journey, Edible Gardens (American Express Publishing), Woman's Day, Family Life, Country America, The American Horticulturist, The Herbarist, The Herb Companion, Ranger Rick, People, Places and Plants, and Land's End catalog.
Ms. Lovejoy has been a consultant for the Reader's Digest Association and a children's garden design consultant for the Red Butte Botanical Gardens in Salt Lake City, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, and the Bay Area Discovery Museum in San Francisco.
In 1999 and 2001, she received the prestigious Quill and Trowel Award from Garden Writers Association of America (GWAA) for her magazine writing. In 2000, the American Nursery and Landscape Association selected Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots as Runner-up for their Herald Award. For her contributions to education, Lovejoy received the Key to the City of Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Gold Leaf Award from the Santa Clara Department of Education at the Kindergarten Forum in Saratoga, California.
Her Quaker grandmother, a botanist and an educator, introduced her to the wonders of nature at an early age. Her passion for the natural world guided her to become a naturalist for the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History and for the Smithsonian Institute in the lagoons of Baja, California. As a graduate with Distinction in the Field of Art from San Diego State University, Ms. Lovejoy successfully combines her training in art with her love of botany and natural science.
She has lectured throughout the United States for over twenty years at conferences, educational symposia, museums, botanic gardens, arboreta, public and private educational institutions, and for professional trade associations and gardening organizations.
In 1995, Ms. Lovejoy served as President of the International Herb Association. Her other professional affiliations include Garden Writers Association of America, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, The Authors Guild, Inc., Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, American Horticultural Society, and Herb Society of America. She currently serves on the National Children and Youth Garden Advisory Panel of the American Horticultural Society .