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National Gardening Day is perfect time to celebrate spring

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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. –Cicero

National Gardening Day is April 14! For food or beauty, a garden can be a fun and relaxing hobby.  You may be like me and remember weeding a massive (in my mind) garden my parents had when I was young. It didn’t seem relaxing at the time, but I understand that it can be.  My niece has a small backyard so she tried her hand at barrel gardening to great effect. Her corn waved proudly over the top of beautiful strawberries. Her children enjoyed the fruits of their labor and had fun experimenting with different plants.

So perhaps you can begin some form of gardening on the 14th or if you’ve already started one, spend the day tending your garden.  The library has a gazillion (to be precise) books on gardening for your edification. You may create the traditional vegetable or flower garden, or try something a little more complex. After all, there are butterfly gardens, container gardens, water gardens, table top gardens, stone gardens, and demonstration gardens. Just choose the one you like the best and take good care of it. And while you do, make sure to use the hashtag #NationalGardeningDay on your social media accounts to let everyone know about your green thumb.  My thumb, unfortunately, is black!

Facts About Gardening

Bees May Like Weeds More Than New Flower Cultivars

New flowers are being bred so they have a larger size and more pronounced color, this causes them to lose their scent. It’s the scent of flowers that attract bees to them, not their color. This may be the reason bees are preferring weeds over the flowers.

Tulip Bulbs Were Once More Valuable Than Gold

During the 17th century, there was such demand for tulip bulbs that they became worth more than gold. This event was called Tulip Mania and it eventually caused the Dutch economy to crash.

Strawberries Bear Their Seeds On The Outside

Strawberries are the only known fruit that has seeds on the outside instead of on the inside. The average strawberry contains approximately 200 seeds on its exterior surface.

Check out JCPL’s bumper crop of books on gardening along with DVDs and magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, Birds and Bloom, and Horticulture.

If you aren’t the gardening type, perhaps you will enjoy viewing nearby gardens.

Hamstra Gardens in Wheatfield is open to the public, but by appointment only. Request an appointment

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest is a 300-acre, oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands, prairies and hiking trails located near Valparaiso, Indiana. Plan your visit.

Or take a virtual tour of some international gardens.

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. – Greek proverb

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