We’re getting into the thick of summer. It’s super hot, humid and there’s been more rain than we might like, but overall, it’s pretty marvelous. On those muggy or wet days in the garden, the place to take a breather is the Weston Family Library. Stay dry and keep cool in the comfort of Canada’s largest private horticultural library. Here are the Top 10 reasons to visit the Weston Family Library this summer (in no particular order):
Participate in story time, make a craft, sign out books from our nature- and ecologically-themed children’s collection and be awarded seeds to plant in the TBG garden. Come back each week to see how your plant is growing, select different books, plant something new and share what you’re reading with other kids. Every Monday from July 8th to August 26th. Recommended for kids aged 5 to 9, and it’s FREE!
2. Discount books and magazines for sale on a wide range of horticultural topics ($1-$5)
3. Check out the TBG’s beehives in the Pollinator Garden
The Library is the best place in the building to watch the TBG bees at work. There’s never a dull moment with our bees, and you can follow as the drama unfolds in the new TBG “days of our hives” blog.
4. Free WiFi Internet
This summer’s art gallery exhibition takes the shape of textile arts with Penny Milton’s eye-catching 3-dimensional pieces and the stunning needlepoints by Renee White. You don’t want to miss these unique works of art. Note: Penny Milton’s pieces are for sale.
6. More than 35 magazine subscriptions for your favourite gardening titles
7. The air conditioning
8. Many new book titles, including:
- Tulipomania: The Story of the World’s Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused, by Mike Dash
- Continuous Container Gardens, by Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins
- Superfoods from the Garden, by Michael van Straten
- Step-by-Step Yard & Garden Projects, by Better Homes and Gardens
- Canadian Gardener’s Guide, by Lorraine Johnson (ed.)
9. Coming soon: brand new “Buttonicals”
Trendy, one-of-a-kind 1” buttons fashioned from the pages of discarded library books. $1 each, or three for $2.
10. Because the library is an incredible resource!
The library is an incredible and valuable resource to gain inspiration about plants, gardening and possibilities for growing in your yard or on your balcony. It’s also a helpful resource to answer your questions about gardening, plant pests and diseases, light conditions, plant combinations, landscape design, flower arranging, plant maintenance and much, much more.
See you in the Library this summer!
- Zachary Osborne