Reviews and Blog Posts: gardening

Plaza Voices: Growing Global Roots with Denver Botanic Gardens

Nopal cactus with fruit (tunas), from Mexico

Colorado is known for producing fabulous peaches and cherries, but did you know you can also grow nopales, quinoa, and mizuna? Is there some special fruit or vegetable from your home country or your childhood that you long to eat fresh from the garden? Then this workshop might be for you!

Designing with plants

by Piet Oudolf

DPL Rating:
4

Piet Oudolf’s eye for design and plant combinations is exciting and has landed him as one of the leaders of the New Perennial Movement. He has a talent for combining the feel of nature and highly controlled design. His books are enjoyable to look at both for his finished gardens...

Mark Your Calendar With These Fresh City Life My Branch Programs!

We've got some great Fresh City Life My Branch programs coming up! Don't forget to mark your calendar!

You definitely don't want to miss ice cream sundaes at the Ross-University Hills Branch! Learn fun and easy ice cream and sauce recipes, as well as suggestions for making the best sundae ever! Saturday, August 10 at 2 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch!

Thoughtful gardening

by Robin Lane Fox

DPL Rating:
3

Fox has an enviable education from Oxford and unparalleled experience designing and tending gardens. Initially I was fearful his writing and stories would be inaccessible to me but the preface hooked me. His humor and love of gardens pulled this fantasy gardener into a world I had never visited before....

Little Free Libraries: Neighbors Creating Richer Communities

Our Little Free Library by Robin Filipczak

This spring, my family installed a Little Free Library in front of our home. Have you heard about these libraries? Founded in 2009, the Little Free Library movement seeks to:

promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide

build a sense of community as people share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

Owners can create their own library box or purchase one from Little Free Library and register on the organization's website. Library locations are then geolocated on a Google Map.

Plan Your Summer At The Library!

Guess What! Fresh City Life My Branch events have been posted through the end of the summer. Look ahead and plan around your summer vacations and pool time.

Landscape designer, Deb Courtner will show you how to add color and music to your garden by crafting wind chimes from beads and recycled kitchen utensils. Hurry, registration is required! Call 720-865-0975 or email fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org. Thursday, July 11 at 5 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch.

To Your Health!

The folks at Fresh City Life My Branch want to support your healthy choices! Here are some upcoming programs to inform and inspire them!

What's healthier than eating your vegetables? Learn how to grow your own with Vegetable Gardening Techniques for a Bountiful Harvest on Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Learn how to make your garden a haven of delicious organic veggies throughout the season. Learn about the All American Selection Vegetable Winners that can provide high yields and insect resistance, while keeping you and your family in healthy meals.

Have You Herb About Our Programs?

Little Herb Gardens

Want to grow and use more herbs? Fresh City Life My Branch can help! You might even get some herbal ideas for Mother's Day!

Learn to create your own Mini Tabletop Herb Garden with Kelly Watson of Little Raven Farms, LLC on Wednesday, May 8 at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Branch. You'll get to fill your own pots during class and take them home to watch them grow!

Adult Programs This Week--Join Us!

From crafts to yoga, biking to gardening, Fresh City Life My Branch has a program for YOU this week!

Join us at Ross-University Hills on Tuesday, April 30 for Make & Take Studio: Mason Jar Pin Cushion at 6 p.m. You won't believe how cute these can be!

Heavy Petal

If you think the only thing heavy metal and gardening have in common is Robert Plant, then I have news for you!

Award-winning gardener Chris Beardshaw, perhaps best known in the UK for his work on the BBC’s long running television series, Gardeners’ World, has released the results of a horticulture study he conducted with a group of students looking at plant growth and health. The study confirms what head-bangers and junior high science fair participants have known for decades: heavy metal music acts as a nutrient for healthy growth.

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