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Hello all,


  I am looking for books to help DD5 and I ID plants in South Carolina. I'd love something with detailed drawings of the different parts of the plant and or the plant at different stages in the life cycle. Culinary and medicinal uses and recipes would be a plus.


Thanks for helping me compile resources!

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I think you're looking at different books to address those different topics:


plants at different stages:

- From Seed to Plant (Gibbons)

- Cooking With Sunshine (Lawrence)



- Vegetables We Eat (Gibbons)

- The Fruits We Eat (Gibbons)

- Project Garden (Tornio)

- Grow It, Cook It (DK Publishing)

- Grow It, Cook It (Grant)


medicinal plants:

Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game -- board game for ages 4 and up

- Dover: Medicinal Plants Coloring Book (Arbel) -- identification

- Peterson Field Guide: Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America -- adult indentification guide

- Kid's Herb Book for Children of All Ages (Tierra) -- medicinal and household uses of plants


SC plant identification:

- Trees Leaves and Bark (Burns) -- children's guide; general trees

- Usborne Nature Trail Book of Trees and Leaves -- children's guide; general trees

- Wildflowers of the Carolinas Field Guide (Bowers) -- adult guide specific to SC

- Trees of the Carolinas Field Guide (Tekiela) -- adult guide specific to SC


gardening (growing/harvesting/recipes for eating):

- Ready Set Grow (Spohn)

- Project Garden (Tornio)

- Gardening Lab for Kids (Brown)

Gardening Projects for Kids (Handy)

Roots Shoots Buckets and Boots (Lovejoy)



My First Book About Backyard Nature (Wynne)


past threads with book ideas:

- "Gardening/Permaculture curriculum"



- Wilder Child blog: "A Beginner's Guide to Foraging for Wild Edibles with Kids"

- Homeschooling Wild Food

The Herbal Academy

Kids Gardening


- AC Moore Herbarium: South Carolina Plant Atlas

Native Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia -- links to multiple plant databases

Edited by Lori D.
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