Unearth Virginia’s natural environment through Flora of Virginia, a traveling exhibit that features vegetation of the region and displays botanical illustrations and art. This exhibition is on loan from the Library of Virginia and will be available to view at the Porter Branch from September 21 through October 26.
Do you have a small space but still want to have a thriving garden?
From April 3 to April 8, stop by Salem Church Branch, Porter 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:
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.
“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:
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.
We host Master Gardener events at both our Porter and Salem Church branches. Here’s your chance to learn gardening from the best practitioners!
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!
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.