Get Gardening this Spring with Seymour Library

  • 03/22/2024
  • 14:19
  • Jackie Kolb

Get Gardening at Seymour Library

Get gardening this Spring, as Seymour Library offers a new season of programs and resources perfect for plant lovers and garden enthusiasts of all ages! Discover useful tips and tricks during the library’s lecture series: Leaf, Stem, Roots. Get a jump start on your 2024 gardening plans with our new Seed Library (grand opening Tuesday, April 16). IMAGINE during hands-on garden DIY programs designed for children and teens, and explore nature at home with learning backpacks, discover kits, and more! Discover, Learn, and GROW at Seymour Library!

Leaf, Stem, Roots: A Plant & Gardening Series

Calling all plant lovers! Connect with fellow plant enthusiasts during this new gardening-themed workshop and lecture series designed for all skill levels. This free series is made possible by the Friends of Seymour Library. 

DIY Plant Extravaganza 
Saturday, March 23 at 11 am and 2 pm

Not only is March National Craft Month, but spring is right around the corner! Celebrate all things GREEN with a plant-themed afternoon of DIY. Decorate a clay flower pot, create a macrame plant hanger, and design a paper plant! Participants can register for either the 11 am or 2 pm session. For adults and teens. To register, call the library at 315-252-2571.

An Introduction to the World of Orchids and Their Care
Thursday, March 28 at 6 pm

Learn the basics of orchid care with Carol Bayles, President and Show Chair of the Southern Tier Orchid Society. This presentation will provide an overview of the orchid family, with emphasis on popular orchids. Receive useful tips, including how much to water your orchid, the perfect light and temperature to help it thrive, when to repot, and more! No registration required. 

Growing Healthy Soil & Nutritious Food
Thursday, April 18 at 6 pm

Explore permaculture and regenerative agriculture with Erin and Peter Konuma. Learn how those practices are implemented on their no-till, human-powered micro-farm, Silver Tree Forest. No registration required.

Houseplant Care & Design
Tuesday, May 7 at 7 pm

Houseplant care from selection to soil! Receive tips on where to place, what plant to choose, what container to use, and how to create a happy indoor garden year-round. Discover the top 10 clean-air houseplants. No registration required.

Bonsai Basics
Thursday, May 16 at 6 pm

Curious about those miniature trees growing in pots? Explore the world of bonsai with Tom Johnson, VP of the Finger Lakes Bonsai Society. Learn about what bonsai are, their history, and how they’re grown. Discover how you too can start your own bonsai hobby, including tips and techniques for bonsai care and development. No registration required. 

Orchids Around New York State
Thursday, May 30 at 6 pm

Discover orchids native to New York State with David DuBois, Land Steward at Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Receive an overview of native orchids, including where they can be found and threats to the species. 

Container Gardening Workshop
Tuesday, June 11 at 7 pm

No yard? No problem. During this fun hands-on workshop, create your own container garden with Lisa Woodruff, Horticulture Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County. Receive tips on what to plant and how to make your container garden thrive! Registration is required for this free event. To register, call the library at 315-252-2571. 

Seed Library Grand Opening

Seymour Library in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County will be launching our new Seed Library this spring! Participants can select a max of 10 seed packets from a variety of flower, food, and herb seeds. You do not need a library card to participate!

Join us for our grand opening on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 pm. Browse the new seed library, enjoy refreshments provided by the Friends of Seymour Library and get an update on Seymour Library’s 2024 garden plans. A representative from the Cornell Cooperative Extension will be available to answer your gardening questions. Stay-tuned for more information!

Garden DIY for Children & Teens

Bring your imagination to these hands-on programs- from an Earth Day LEGO Challenge to plant-themed DIY (grass buddies, macrame, & more)! Don’t forget to visit the Family Space throughout the month and check out our furry Grass Caterpillar! How long will our caterpillar grow before he needs a haircut?! No registration required for these free programs.

LEGO Club: Earth Day Challenge
Monday, April 22 at 4 pm

Explore your creativity with LEGO challenges and games during the library’s new LEGO Club! Accept our Earth Day building challenge and design your own creation from your imagination. The library will provide all the LEGO bricks. Designed for ages 6 and up, but all ages are welcome.

Storytime Crafters: Grass Buddies
Saturday, April 27 at 11 am

Celebrate Earth Day and spring with a Grass Buddy craft and storytime. Plant a grass buddy. As it grows, give it a haircut and watch it grow again. All ages welcome!

Teen Crafternoon
Saturday, April 27 at 1 pm

Celebrate spring by decorating a clay pot and creating a macrame plant hanger to take home. Designed for ages 12 and up.

Discover at Home with Our Library of Things!

For some hands-on garden exploration at home check out our Library of Things!

  • Prep your garden and recycle at the same time with the library’s Paper Seedling Pot Maker. Make little newspaper pots perfect for seed starting!
  • Plan a nature-themed storytime at home with one of the library’s Learning Backpacks! Topics include Gardens, Woods & Waterways, Birds, Fossils, Nature, Insects, and more. Each kit includes books and learning resources- from puzzles to games and even gardening tools! 
  • Start a new hobby! For adults, our garden-themed Discover! Kit offers books and tools to help you start your planting journey. 

Don’t forget to check out the library’s gardening display.

Here are some books to get you inspired!

  • Houseplant Hookups: All the Dirt You Need to Find the Perfect Match by Agatha Isabel
  • How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged by Veronica Peerless
  • Your Houseplant’s First Year: The Care and Feeding of Your First Grown by Deborah L. Martin
  • Succulents at Home: Choosing, Growing, and Decorating with the Easiest Houseplants Ever by John Tullock
  • The Green Gardening Handbook: Grow, Eat and Enjoy by Nancy Birtwhistle
  • The Urban Garden: 101 Ways to Grow Food and Beauty in the City by Kathy Jentz

For our little gardeners and their families:

  • Goodnight, Veggies by Diana Murray
  • Green Green: A Community Gardening Story by Marie Lamba
  • We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines
  • Gardening Lab for Kids : Starting a Garden, Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, and Play by Renata Fossen Brown
  • Plant, Cook, Eat! : A Children’s Cookbook by Joe Archer