New books for the youngest of gardeners

The New York Botanical Garden Press has released its first publication for children.

With the blockbuster Dale Chihuly exhibition underway at the New York Botanical Garden, it’s no doubt families – perennially popular visitors – are making their way to the Bronx for this stunning glass show, advanced in our March issue

It’s perfect timing, then, for the New York Botanical Garden Press to announce a richly illustrated three-book set, its first publication of children’s titles.

“Wonders in the Garden!” ($39.99, hardcover) is designed to introduce young readers to the delights of gardening, touching on everything from growing vegetables to observing the natural world around them.

Written and illustrated by sisters Anne Mottola and Maria Mottola, the books include enchanting full-color drawings (by Maria) and a fanciful, informative text (by Anne) designed for readers ages 4 to 8. Each of the books – “What Grows in the Garden?,” “What Lives in the Garden?” and “What Do You Sense in the Garden?” – is also sold individually ($13.99 to $15.99).

Sounds like a lovely souvenir – or gift idea.

For more on the books, visit or call 718-817-8721; for more on the NYBG, visit And for more on gardens, check out our May issue.

– Mary Shustack

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