Summer Learning Track: Become a Gardening Guru
“How fair is a garden amid the toils and passions of existence!” –Benjamin Disraeli
What better time than summer is there to start digging around in the dirt and become a real gardening expert? Or maybe like me, you’re just starting to fiddle with plants and have no idea where to start. No matter where you are on your gardening journey, Richland Library has some fantastic resources that can help. Why not take the Richland Library Friends’ Summer Learning Challenge? Soon you’ll be on your way to becoming a real gardening guru!
Get started the using the following learning track, or use it as inspiration to create your own.
These books will provide some beautiful inspiration:
- Gardens of the World: The Great Traditions by Rory Stuart
- The Gardens of the Vatican by Linda Kooluris Dobbs
- Around the World in 80 Gardens by Don Monty
- Capital Splendor: Gardens and Parks of Washington, DC by Barbara Glickman
- The French Country Garden: New Growth on Old Roots by Louisa Jones
- Italian Gardens: A Cultural History by Helena Attlee
- The Gardens of English Heritage by Gillian Mawrey & Linden Groves
- The Secret Gardens of Charleston by Louisa Pringle Cameron
- Infinite Spaces: The Art and Wisdom of the Japanese Garden by Sadao Hibi
These will provide insight and instruction on gardening:
- The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers by Teri Dunn Chance
- Project Garden: A Month-By-Month Guide to Planting, Growing, and Enjoying All You Backyard Has to Offer by Stacy Tornio
- Gardening Shortcuts by Jenny Handy
- Kitchen Gardening for Beginners by Simon Akeroyd
- How to Buy the Right Plants, Tools & Garden Supplies by Jim Fox
- Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing, and Crafting with 100 Easy-Care Varieties by Debra Lee Baldwin
- Plantiful: Start Small, Grow Big with 150 Plants that Spread, Self-Sow, and Overwinter by Kirstin Green
- Rain Gardening in the South: Ecologically Designed Gardens for Drought, Deluge, and Everything In Between by Helen Kraus & Anne Spafford
- From Container to Kitchen: Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Pots by D. J. Herda
These DVDs are full of tips from recognized gardening experts:
- Renovation Nation: Gardening
- Great Gardening Tips
- The Art of Gardening
- The Art & Practice of Gardening: England, Ireland & America
- People, Places & Plants
- Year Round Gardening with Jerry Baker
Get in-person help and meet other green thumbs at these programs:Teen Garden Club
Learn how to garden, spend some time taking pictures, blogging, growing and eating food! Regular meetings, activities and volunteer time to be earned!
4 p.m., Thursdays, June 4 and 18,July 2 & 16 and August 20 -- St. AndrewsGarden Like a Master: Attract Bees to Your Garden
Every garden needs pollinators and bees are among the best. A Richland County Master Gardener will explain how you can encourage bees to visit and nest in your garden.
10 a.m., Friday, June 5 -- CooperGarden Like a Master: Vegetables in Containers
Is your garden space limited but you really want to try your hand at growing vegetables? Let Richland County Master Gardeners teach you about what vegetables do well in containers and which containers are best to use.
7 p.m., Thursday, June 4 -- SandhillsSucculent Containers with Riverbanks Zoo*
Bring a coffee mug or a small container to make a succulent centerpiece with the Riverbanks Zoo's Education Coordinator, Amanda Segura. All other supplies will be provided. Please register.
3 p.m., Saturday, August 1 -- St. Andrews