History of Gardening, Flowers and Xeriscaping

I wanted to try and find a new gardening book to read and I came across a really good one. If you like history, you will really love this book.  The title of the book is Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf. This is a fascinating read that involves our founding fathers from the perspective of how they used gardening in their private lives. I have always loved tulip trees and I knew that George Washington was one of the earliest gardeners to use tulip trees in his garden at Mount Vernon.  From this book, I found out just how hard it was to grow these trees. While the book talks about gardening within private gardens,  it also illustrates how agriculture was so important to a nation that our founding fathers were creating.  It was a great read and I would recommend this book to anyone who loves history but also those who are passionate about gardening. You can find this book in our Lawn and Garden Neighborhood.

Remember the daylily program we had at the library? Well, if you want to see some beautiful daylilies go to the Fairlawn Plaza Mall, SW 21st and Fairlawn Road on July 9th. The Topeka Daylily Club will be having its annual flower show there. Flower judging will take place in the morning and the show will be open to the public from 1-5 pm.

And since we are talking about gardening, are you tired of watering all your plants now? Well, we have a program here at the library that may help you. On Thursday,  July 21st from 7:00-8:00 p.m. the Master Gardeners will be here to talk about xeriscaping. Xeriscaping refers to a way of gardening that doesn’t require as much water to maintain the plants in your gardens.  This program will be in the Anton Room. I hope to see you there.

From actual gardening books to history books, the Lawn and Garden Neighborhood has it all. Be sure and look at the display area within the Lawn and Garden Neighborhood and check out the many handouts that you can take with you to help you with your gardening needs. Happy Gardening!!