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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:

 

These will provide insight and instruction on gardening:

 

These DVDs are full of tips from recognized gardening experts:

 

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. Andrews
 
Garden 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 -- Cooper
 
Garden 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 -- Sandhills
 
Succulent 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

Amazon Says: Monty Don, host of the BBC-TV’s Gardener’s World and one of the United Kingdom’s most respected gardening writers, ventures far from home in this vivid account of garden more...
Amazon Says: Monty Don, host of the BBC-TV’s Gardener’s World and one of the United Kingdom’s most respected gardening writers, ventures far from home in this vivid account of gardens on all seven continents. Around the World in 80 Gardens visits the exotic floating gardens of the Amazon, magnificent Renaissance Italian water gardens, colorful alpine flower meadows in Norway, and Monet’s world-famous Giverny, all brought to life in beautiful photographs. In his explorations of the often surprising horticulture in these and other locales, Don emphasizes context: as he puts it, “No garden is an island.” Don applies that insight to the Dutch Het Loo, the tropical gardens of Thailand, and the intriguing fusion of indigenous and colonial garden cultures of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. less...
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Amazon Says: The family that gardens together, grows together!In this beautiful, project-by-project guide, mom and master gardener Stacy Tornio will inspire gardeners young a more...
Amazon Says: The family that gardens together, grows together!In this beautiful, project-by-project guide, mom and master gardener Stacy Tornio will inspire gardeners young and old to explore, innovate, and cultivate through simple projects that will get a garden growing at any time of year. Your whole family be inspired to:Tend beautiful, practical gardens that work in any spacePlant flowers as colorful as they are hardyWhip up delicious meals from vegetables you planted yourselfDecorate your garden with nature-inspired craftsGive the gift of growing, with divided plants, cuttings, and seeds you save yourself Best of all, whether you are tending flowerbeds in spring, stewing July's tomatoes, or coaxing bulbs to bloom mid-winter, you'll be doing it together. less...
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Amazon Says: Learn how to grow more than seventy types of fruits and vegetables, while finding tips for dealing with weeds, pests, and diseases in this all-in-one gardening guide for growi more...
Amazon Says: Learn how to grow more than seventy types of fruits and vegetables, while finding tips for dealing with weeds, pests, and diseases in this all-in-one gardening guide for growing tastier and healthier fruits and vegetables. Kitchen Gardening for Beginners takes readers through ten steps to preparing a garden plot, providing need-to-know techniques, such as sowing, planting, feeding, mulching, watering, and weeding, as well as easy projects including making a compost bin and planting a fruit tree. less...
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