To celebrate the publication of the new children’s gardening book by its vice president of education, Cleveland Botanical Garden is holding a book-signing and hands-on gardening experiment for kids from noon to 2 pm on Saturday, April 26. Renata Fossen Brown’s first book, “Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden,” features a year’s worth of weekly activities for families and green thumbs of all ages to try.

The book, published April 1 by Quarry Books in Beverly, Mass., aims to foster a strong connection between young readers and plants. It climbed this week to No. 2 on Amazon’s best sellers list of children’s books in the house and home category.

Kids of all ages are encouraged to attend and make “sleepy herb satchets,” which are fresh bundles of fragrant herbs that have calming properties and help many people fall asleep when placed under their pillows.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase in The Garden Store for $24.99. The signing and herb-satchet activity are free with Garden admission. All guests to the Garden that day also can enjoy Big Spring, a seasonal celebration full of fun and enrichment for the youngest green thumbs and their families.

Admission to Big Spring is free for Garden members, $12 per non-member adult, $8 per non-member child ages 3 to 12 and free for all children ages 2 and under. To learn more, visit or call 216-721-1600 ext. 100.


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