Emma Biggs, an enthusiastic 13-year-old with a love of gardening, shares her just-for-kids advice on growing a food garden, including theme garden ideas and tips for preparing, planting, and caring for a garden, along with creative ways to have fun doing it.
“It is so refreshing to discover a kid’s gardening book written by a kid for other kids …. Emma’s practical gardening tips are a win for the whole family!” — Sarah Pounders at kidsgardening.org
“Emma Biggs inspires kids of all ages to get their hands dirty, their feet muddy, and their thumbs green!” — Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principle, and Vitamin N
“Emma shares a green wisdom and knowledge that is as deeply rooted as an oak tree. She is sure to inspire other kids to dig in and grow with their gardens.” — Sharon Lovejoy, author of Sunflower Houses, Roots Shoots Buckets & Boots, and Trowel & Error
“Simply flipping through Gardening with Emma had me ready to get my hands dirty and get absorbed in new projects with my kids. Along with fun photos and illustrations, this book has a breadth and depth that makes it destined to become that tattered-with-loving-use, go-to reference and gardening-debate resolver for children and parents for many years to come.” Brad Long, chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author
“Chock-full of startlingly deep and fresh insights, this book has a whole lot to teach about how to make gardening the right mix of work and joy.” — Wayne Roberts, PhD, city food policy expert
“A wonderfully refreshing book that explores gardening from a kid’s perspective, Gardening with Emma will make you smile, laugh out loud, and fill you with hope about the next generation. Yes, it's filled with heartfelt stories and useful gardening information, but the photos, illustrations, and tone of the book are all about having fun, and that's what gardening should always be about.” Doug Oster, Home and Garden Editor, Everybody Gardens, Tribune-Review
Emma Biggs is a professional mosaic artist. She set up the influential company Mosaic Workshop in 1987, which went on the be the UK's most thriving mosaic studio. She has been working solo since 2006. Emma's work is most closely associated with an interest in color and pattern. She began as a fabricator and mosaic maker for architectural contexts, but her personal work has increasingly focused on material culture and the social history of making.
Steven Biggs is the coauthor, with his daughter Emma Biggs, of Gardening with Emma. Biggs is a writer specializing in gardening, farming, and food production, and has published articles in magazines including Trellis, Small Farm Canada, Garden Making, and Edible Toronto. He lectures frequently at gardening events across Canada and blogs at www.stevenbiggs.ca. Biggs lives with his family in Toronto.