Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Mollie Welsh Kruger


There are many texts for young readers that focus on gardening and the pleasant experiences it can bring. However, there is a distinct lack of texts that address urban gardening specifically as well as the reasons why gardening, in and outside of cities, is so important. This independent study had a purpose of providing a book for young readers that will engage them in a celebration of gardening and the environment around them. The text of the book follows a young girl who gardens not only to build relationships with her peers, but also to take care of and appreciate her environment. The purpose of this text and research is to provide readers with an understanding of how gardening can have positive effects on personal, local, and global levels.