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A unique collaboration from two of America's leading artists that explores the fascination and hidden history of the plant world.

In this hard-hitting, witty, deeply original book, the renowned novelist Jamaica Kincaid offers an ABC of the plants that define our world and reveals the often brutal history of colonialism behind them.

Kara Walker, one of America's greatest visual artists, illustrates each entry with provocative, brilliant, enthralling, multilayered watercolors.

There has never been a book like An Encyclopedia of Gardening for Colored Children--inventive, surprising, and telling--about what our gardens reveal about the truth of history.


Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John's, Antigua. Her books include At the Bottom of the River; Annie John; Lucy; The Autobiography of My Mother; My Brother; Mr. Potter; and See Now Then. She teaches at Harvard University and lives in Vermont.

Kara Walker is best known for her candid investigation of race, gender, sexuality, and violence through silhouetted figures. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1997 and an Eileen Harris Norton Fellowship in 2008. She has been the Tepper Chair in Visual Arts at Rutgers University since 2015. Her work can be found in museums throughout the world, including the Guggenheim, MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Tate Gallery. She lives in New York.


  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publish Date: May 07, 2024
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 7.38 X 9.12 X 1.0 inches | 1.0 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Hardcover
  • EAN/UPC: 9780374608255
  • BISAC Categories: Essays & Narratives, Caribbean & Latin American, History - General, Life Sciences - Botany
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