Gardening

03/17/2017 - 4:05pm
Free Seed Exchange

From April 3 to April 8, stop by Salem Church Branch or Headquarters Library to drop off your extra seeds and exchange them for ones you need. Seeds that you drop off should be clearly labeled and packaged in small bags.*  

Want to know more? Check out these resources for information on growing plants from seed, saving seeds, and seed exchanges:

In the Library:

03/02/2017 - 2:02pm
CRRL My Librarian: Gardening--Something You Need Never Outgrow

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
—Marcus Tullius Cicero

As life leaves its marks on us—physical, as well as emotional and spiritual—it might seem harder to set up a garden, but, if gardening gives you joy, it’s probably more important now than ever.

10/31/2016 - 9:29am
We Have a Butterfly Garden!

“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” ― George Carlin

In May 2016, Master Gardeners Pat Brown and Annette Leach, along with England Run Branch staff members, prepared soil and planted a butterfly garden. We included both nectar and host plants to attract butterflies and support their life cycles. The nectar plants feed adult butterflies, and, just as important, the host plants support the caterpillars that will turn into butterflies. Stop by, and take a look! The garden is located near England Run Branch's drive-up window. The picture below was taken in the England Run Branch garden. Our garden includes:

09/01/2016 - 12:10am
Cover to Quiet in the Garden

In Aliki’s Quiet in the Garden, a young boy settles down in what he thinks is a quiet garden—and yet, when he is quiet, too, and listens, he hears the animals all around him. He sees what they are doing, from the robin to the fish to the worm to the rabbit.

In their company, he experiences the simple joys of the natural world. With pleasant repetition cumulating in a feast for all, the garden may not be exactly quiet, but it is a most amazing, nurturing place.

06/10/2016 - 1:30am
Grow as a Gardener with Master Gardeners

We host Master Gardener events at both our Porter and Salem Church branches. Here’s your chance to learn gardening from the best practitioners!

09/16/2015 - 1:07pm
Digging and Dividing with the Master Gardeners

Besides bringing beauty to our library grounds, volunteer gardeners teach us how to plant and nurture our own gardens. Sometimes they share their bounty! Join the Master Gardeners at the Porter Branch on Monday, September 21, from 9:00 until they run out of fun, as they teach you how to dig and divide in the flower beds. They'll be giving out out free starter lilies and iris. Bring gloves, or just get dirty with us!  

04/30/2013 - 4:39pm
Books for a Trip to the Farmer's Market

A trip to the farmer’s market is one of the highlights of a visit to “Aunt Bek’s” house.  Recently, my six year-old niece declared she couldn’t wait to go to the market.  The only correlation I could make during the cold winter months was the grocery store and I kept wondering why the sudden interest in food shopping.  Finally it dawned on me that she meant the Farmers’ Market.  Her enthusiasm is understandable.  There she meets the people who planted the seeds and grew the produce.  The farmers welcome her, encouraging her to touch and taste a new and wide variety of food.  Never an adventurous eater, this is a chance for her to possibly expand her palette.  She also loves helping choose the ripest plums, pay for them and carry the bags.  

Starting in May, the library will visit each of the four area Farmers’ Markets once a month, offering information on library resources, checking out a few recipe books for cooking the delicious produce and providing quick, fun hands-on activities for children.  

11/09/2012 - 10:38am
"A Rich Spot of Earth" Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden at Monticello by

“But tho’ an old man, I am but a young gardener.”

—Letter from retired President Thomas Jefferson to famed portrait painter Charles Willson Peale

Author Peter Hatch has been the Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello since 1977.  When Annie Leibovitz came to historic site, she chose to photograph his hands, which have spent decades re-envisioning and recreating Jefferson’s beloved garden.  “A Rich Spot of Earth” is a stunning visual and verbal tribute to both the historic gardens and their careful recovery.  Follow these links to learn more about Monticello’s historic gardens and its Center for Historic Plants.

02/22/2012 - 4:07pm

There is nothing as satisfying as seeing a successful vegetable garden. Like anything else, a little planning and some work is required. There are many resources to check when you are starting a project, but I am going to make it a little simpler for you so you can save yourself the time of sifting through the million hits that you will get when you start an online search.

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