Gardening

Find Us at the Farmers' Markets

Find Us at the Farmers' Markets

The library staff often journeys into the community to share our many wonderful educational, cultural, and recreational resources. From May through October you will find us at area farmers' markets. Stop by to learn about our great services while your children complete a quick and fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activity. You can even check out a cookbook full of tasty recipes to use with the fresh produce you just purchased!   

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

History and gardening fans get together April 20 through 27, 2013, throughout the Commonwealth to tour gardens of houses great and small from the Tidewater area to the Highlands. The Rappahannock Valley portion of the tour will be held Tuesday, April 23, in the Fredericksburg area, including Stafford County:

"To celebrate the anniversary – this tour will feature homes that were opened 80 years ago! Featured locations include Belmont in Falmouth, Virginia, The Snowden House, Chatham, Brompton and Fall Hill. All of these properties enjoy spectacular views of the area and the Rappahannock."

Tours will be offered in different venues throughout the state through Saturday, April 27. Check out the Garden Club of Virginia's Web site for information on all the tours and check out books from the library featuring homes and gardens in the Old Dominion.

Plant a Tree for You and Me

Have you ever been in a place where there were lots of buildings but no trees? New housing developments or parts of a city that have been neglected for a long time may not have the shady spots and fresh air that trees give. As trees breathe, they let out oxygen that humans and animals need to survive. Their roots hold the ground together, making sure the soil doesn't blow away in the wind. When a tree dies naturally in the forest, its wood becomes a home for insects and a cafeteria for the hungry birds who eat those insects. Trees provide so many good things for the Earth.

Your Own Little World: Create a Terrarium

Whether it's filled with mossy rocks and ferns or sands and cactus, a terrarium is an amazingly fun way to learn more about nature. With a terrarium in your room, something of the outdoors can always be inside.

Terrariums that feature plants (not animals!) lock water inside to keep the soil moist. When the plants transpire, they let out water vapor. When the soil gets warm, it lets out water vapor. All this vapor collects against the top and falls back as rain.

Cultivating Community Kick-off Event: Thursday, March 29, 7pm Salem Church Library

Cultivating Community

Join us for our Cultivating Community Kick-off event, tomorrow night at Salem Church Library, 7pm.

Animal, Vegetable, MiracleLibrarian Wini Ashooh will present a short introduction to Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, the story of her family’s challenge to grow and buy food locally in southwest Virginia.  Books will be available for loan.

The program continues with a panel discussion about local farming and food, organic gardening, community gardening and more! 


Panelists include:

Ellen Snead, co-owner of Snead’s Asparagus Farm

Lawrence Latane -owner of Blenheim Farm – member of Local Harvest Organic Gardens

Elizabeth Borst - Manager of Spotsylvania Farmer’s Market; active in the Fredericksburg Food Initiative, and creator of the Buy Fresh Buy Local guide for Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and King George

Wendy Stone - Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation- will talk about the Fredericksburg Farmer’s Market and the new Fredericksburg Community Garden Plots.

Kelly Liddington - Richmond County Extension Office
 

See more Cultivating Community events!

CRRL Presents: Beate Jensen: Preservation and Care of the Gardens at Belmont

Beate Jensen: Preservation and Care of the Gardens at Belmont

This interview airs beginning March 21.
A lovely morning is spent in the Gardens at Belmont where Debby Klein has an opportunity to talk to Beate Jensen about her responsibilities as Grounds Preservation Supervisor. Follow the progress of work being done to restore Belmont to the days of Gari and Corinne Melchers on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production. 

EBSCOhost: Gardening and Cookbooks the eBook Way

Cover to Herbs in Bloom

With the gardening season starting in full force, there are many moments when we plan a project, even get started and then get stuck. Further guidance and reading is required. The Central Rappahannock Regional Library certainly has a large collection of paper copies of gardening books. But what happens if the perfect book is checked out and has holds on it? Or, perhaps you can't get in to see us at the library. Time is running out, and you need to start now.

I was aware of the fact that EBSCOhost has a collection of electronic gardening books but did not know how extensive the collection is. By typing in "gardening," as the search term, I came up with over four pages of results.

To utilize the results of your gardening, there are also many different cookbooks also available as eBooks.

Have a Blueberry Blast

They're cool, tangy, and sweet—all at the same time. Best of all, when you go blueberry picking you can just reach out and pluck them. They are so much easier to pick than strawberries. There's no kneeling in the straw and mud only to find that critters have eaten the underside of your berries. Besides being fun and easy to pick, blueberries are splendid for you, too. They are rich in vitamin C and other important nutrients. Blueberries are in season for Virginia from mid-June to mid-July, so grab a bucket to fill with sweet berries.

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

Williamsburg's Glorious Gardens

Springtime in Virginia brings the uncurling of the dogwood's ivory and pink blossoms and the visits of intrepid garden fanciers to historic homes. During Historic Garden Week in Virginia, gracious hosts and hostesses open their gardens to the public. What began as a modest way to make money for historic preservation and renovation of grounds and gardens throughout the Old Dominion now attracts hundreds of visitors every April.

This Tuesday, April 19, the Fredericksburg area celebrates Garden Week in Spotysylvania County with "Crossroads of the County," featuring tours of Millbrook, Christ Episcopal Church, Stevenson Ridge and several other locations. In the City of Fredericksburg the St. James House will be open, along with many other historic landmarks. See a full schedule of the Fredericksburg area.

Browse our Books for Garden Week list for a look at some of Virginia's most beautiful gardens and for ideas on creating your own tour-worthy garden.

Communities thrive @ your library

April 11-17, 2010 is National Library Week and is being celebrated with the theme 'Communities thrive @ your library.'  The CRRL supports a thriving community and gives patrons lots of ways to participate and give back to their community.  All week at all branches is Food for Fines - bring a can of food and get $1.00 off library overdue fines.  All food collected will be donated to local area food banks.  Or donate to the Red Cross blood bank at Porter branch's blood drive on Thursday, April