Reviews and Blog Posts: gardening

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.

Ending April & Welcoming May!

Fairmount Heritage Foundation

Say goodbye to April in your own way with Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programs!

Join the Denver World Music Studio and learn some Afro Cuban Rhythms: Drumming on Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at the Sam Gary Branch. Slap, tap, and move! Hand drums provided. We'll cover drumming from congas to the deep tradition of Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythms and music.

Gardening & Denver History, All Wrapped Up...

Lawrence Halprin's Skyline Park

Want to experience a piece of Denver history, get inspiration for your garden, or express your creativity? Look no further than a Fresh City Life My Branch program!

Here are your choices for Saturday, April 13:

At 11 a.m., volunteers from the Fairmount Heritage Foundation present The Civil War at Riverside Cemetery at the Sam Gary Branch. Riverside is home to more than 1,200 Civil War veterans, including three Medal of Honor recipients, soldiers who fought with the "Colored Troops," and even some Confederates. Come learn some of their stories!

Peeptastic Programs!

Peeps on the Prairie--an entry from 2011

It's the last day (Thursday, March 28)  to enter the Peep Your Colorado contest! Check out the details here and get your Peep on!

Then join us at the Ross Cherry Creek Branch on Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m. for the viewing and judging! Vote for Audience Favorite! Thanks to History Colorado for partnering with Fresh City Life My Branch for this contest!

A rich spot of earth : Thomas Jefferson's revolutionary garden at Monticello

by Peter J. Hatch

Reviewer Rating:
4

This book is beautiful just beautiful. I like the strange old names of the vegetables, I really enjoyed the gardener's passion involved in both Jefferson and Peter Hatch. This book is filled with great pictures and really nice stories.

Outside your window : a first book of nature

by Nicola Davies

Reviewer Rating:
5

This beautifully written and illustrated collection of poems follows the changing seasons and introduces children to natural processes like bulbs sprouting in spring and dandelions turning to seed: “Dandelions bloom like little suns./but the flowers don’t last long-/they fold up like furled umbrellas pointing at the sky”swir.  Zoologist and author,...

Radical prunings : a novel of officious advice from the contessa of compost

by Bonnie Thomas Abbott

Reviewer Rating:
3
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Mertensia Corydalis writes a gardening newsletter and provides glimpses of her private life through the anecdotes she shares along the way. There is plenty of humor here and also a bunch of actual gardening advice. The book slows down a bit in the second half when the story starts to...

Pre-Holiday Fun with Fresh City Life My Branch

Feng Shui Garden

While you're making your Memorial Day weekend plans, take a mini break this week with a Fresh City Life My Branch event!

If you're planning on working in your garden this weekend, why not apply some Feng Shui principles? Lorrie Webb Grillo of Thriving Spaces will be presenting Feng Shui in the Garden twice this week:

Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch

Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Branch

HOW TO GROW FABULOUS TOMATOES

American humorist and writer Lewis Grizzard once said, "It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato."

I have pleasant thoughts just thinking about eating a homegrown tomato, and that's why every summer I put forth a lot of effort, time and money to get them.

Tomatoes like a long growing season, warm nights, consistent moisture, and acidic soil that is mostly humus. Colorado has a short growing season, cool nights, droughts and clay, alkaline soil. In spite of these challenges, delicious tomatoes can be yours if you follow a few simple rules.

Crafts, Books, and Courts--and It's Not Even the Weekend Yet!

Great House

So many things to do, and that's not even counting all the great events this weekend! Fresh City Life My Branch has something for YOU this week!

If you're itching to see flowers growing in your yard, make it happen! Get a bit messy with Throw & Sow Seed Balls, Wednesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Branch!

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