Sharon Lovejoy – Book author & illustrator, freelance writer & public speaker

Sharon Lovejoy was introduced to the wonders of nature by her Quaker grandmother, Abigail Lovejoy, a botanist and educator. Her passion for the natural world guided her to become an award-winning nature, gardening, and children’s book author and illustrator. As a graduate with Distinction in the Field of Art from San Diego State University, Sharon successfully combined her training in art with her love of botany and natural science. In 1982, she founded Heart’s Ease Herb Shop & Gardens in Cambria, California, where she shared her love and knowledge of nature and ethnobotany with visitors for 15 years. Sharon’s gardens first captured national attention on the cover of the August 1990 issue of Country Living magazine. She published her first book, Sunflower Houses: Garden Discoveries for Children of All Ages (Interweave Press, 1991) and has since authored nine books, including the best-selling Trowel & Error (Workman, 2003) and Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots (Workman, 1999). From 1993 to 2006, Sharon wrote and illustrated the award winning, regular feature column “Heart’s Ease” in Country Living GARDENER magazine. In 1996, she was chosen to design the Children’s Gardening Pavilion for the highly respected Cincinnati Flower and Garden Show. She is a former member of the AHS National Children and Youth Garden Advisory Panel. For her contributions to education, Sharon received the Key to the City of Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Gold Leaf Award from the Santa Clara Department of Education.
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The Artist (in the Garden)
Using the Garden as Your Canvas
Wed, Feb 20 at 2:30 pm / Rainier Room

Just as Monet’s garden influenced his art, his art influenced his garden. Join best selling and award-winning author and illustrator Sharon Lovejoy as she takes us on a personal walk through the gardens of passionate artists who’ve translated their art to the tapestry of their own gardens. Sharon will show you how to use colors, textures, patterns, water elements, and whimsy to transform even the smallest space into a living work of art, a collage of flora and fauna. Learn how a garden can be used as a canvas and how art can be inspiration in a garden design.

The Good-Natured Garden
Transform Your Garden Working with Mother Nature
Thurs, Feb 21 at 12:15 pm / Hood Room

It’s all about team work, and in this program, the “team” is a hard working host of birds, bees, bugs, worms, and edible, heirloom, and native plants. Sharon will introduce you to some often overlooked and under-appreciated critters who can help transform your soil and garden into a verdant and bountiful landscape. She will include some innovative and whimsical designs that are not only gorgeous, but also sustainable.


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