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April 5, 2011

The first book on the "First Garden"

A year in advance of the scheduled publication of Michelle Obama's book on the White House vegetable garden, Clarion Books has released "First Garden: The White House Garden and How It Grew."

Written and illustrated by children's author Robbin Gourley, the children's book includes a forward by Alice Waters, who created The Edible Schoolyard campaign, and it includes recipes from the White House and watercolor drawings of the first lady and her school children helpers.

For more details about the book and a conversation with the author, who pretty much scooped the White House, check out Eddy Gehman Kohan's blob, Obamafodorama, She also got a "no comment" comment from the White House that seems a tad chilly.



Posted by Susan Reimer at 2:00 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: White House Vegetable Garden


GrandBoy & I checked this out of the library last night and it's going back today. Wow. It's written like a college textbook. Really, really boring.

We have an agreement to try books that are not about our favorite subjects (currently, sports, Transformers or building a light saber) but this went beyond the scope of the current White House garden, into the history of the landscaping at the White House. Just so not interesting to a lifelong gardener, much less, a seven-year-old!

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About Susan Reimer
Susan Reimer has spent 16 years writing about raising kids - among other topics - in her column for The Baltimore Sun. And every time son Joseph or daughter Jessie passed another milestone - driver's license, college, wedding or a move to a new military duty station - she has planted another garden. Now she will be writing about those gardens - and yours - here on Garden Variety.

Susan isn't an expert gardener, but she wasn't an expert mother, either. Both - the kids and the gardens - seem to be doing well in spite of her.

She lives in Annapolis with her husband, Gary Mihoces, who loves to cut his grass but has noticed that there seems to be less of it every time the kids pass another milestone.

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