11 10, 2020

Discover the history of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

By |2020-11-10T19:00:16-05:00November 10, 2020|

You may already be familiar with the loveliness of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens – the more than 30 themed gardens that beautify the drive along Martin Luther King Jr. and East boulevards in Cleveland – but do you know their history?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was originally named Liberty Boulevard, and it honored the young men from Cleveland who fought and died in World War I. The gardens were planned as a path to represent the many cultures of our world that came together in Cleveland. It’s beautified with fountains, statuary, trees from Japan, roses from Verona, and the soil of more than 40 nations.

Learn more about the history and origin of the Liberty Gardens from Rebecca McFarland, a fourth-generation Clevelander and expert on local history. Her expertise has been featured on A&E’s Biography and the History Channel.

You can learn more from Ms. McFarland on our YouTube channel:

 

09 20, 2020

Enjoy free gardening programs from Mentor Public Library

By |2020-09-20T16:00:58-04:00September 20, 2020|

Hey green thumbs! We were fortunate to host Carol and Pat from the Lake County Master Gardeners earlier this week. They suggested tools and techniques that can make gardening easier and safer as you age. Gardening – like so many other physical tasks – gets trickier as we grow older. However, with the right plan, one can still enjoy gardening at any age.

Two more tips for any gardeners out there:

1. Did you know that you can get free veggie, flower, and herb seeds from our Seed Library? Check out our collection  the next time you visit our Main Branch. Borrow up to 15 packets of seeds per season.

2. By the way, any green thumbs should check out the special collection from Holden Forests & Gardens’ Corning Library available at our Main Branch. In addition to a gorgeous arboretum in Kirtland, Holden also has a spectacular collection of gardening, horticulture, environmental and botany books at Corning Library within its arboretum.

Dozens of Corning Library’s books are now available to borrow at our Main Branch. Thanks to a partnership between libraries, you can use your cards to check out books from this special collection. Our typical lending rules apply.

05 17, 2020

Get herb, veggie & flower seeds from Mentor Public Library

By |2020-05-17T06:00:19-04:00May 17, 2020|

Pick up flower, herb, and veggie seeds from Mentor Public Library's seed library.

Pick up flower, herb, and veggie seeds from Mentor Public Library’s seed library.

Update: Our Main and Headlands Branches will reopen with limited hours and additional safety measures on Monday, June 8. Click here for details. 

Starting Monday, May 18, you can pick up books, movies, music and other items from the drive-thru at our Main Branch or curbside at our Lake and Headlands Branches.

But there’s another thing you can pick up too: seeds.

You can get free herb, vegetable, and flower seeds for your yard and windowsill gardens from us.

Here’s how our seed library works. Anyone with a CLEVNET card in good standing can check out seeds from us for their own garden. Our collection already has dozens of varieties of seed. You can check out as many as 15 types of seed per year.

Then, you can plant the seeds. Later, after the plants have grown, you can save some of your seeds and return them to us, if they wish.

When calling us to place holds, you can tell us that you also want seeds, and we’ll let you know what varieties are available.

Click here for more information about our seed library.

10 27, 2019

Help the Monarch Butterfly by planting milkweed

By |2019-10-27T06:00:42-04:00October 27, 2019|

You can support Ohio Monarch butterfly populations by planting milkweed, which you can get for free from Mentor Public Library's Seed Library.

You can support Ohio Monarch butterfly populations by planting milkweed, which you can get for free from Mentor Public Library’s Seed Library.

Ohio pollinators are in trouble. The populations of many pollinators like bees and and butterflies are declining because of habitat loss. One threatened species is the Monarch butterfly.

This colorful visitor migrates to our region in the late summer each year. But you can help them by planting milkweed — the plant on which their caterpillars subsist exclusively.

You can get milkweed for free from Mentor Public Library's seed library.

You can get milkweed for free from Mentor Public Library’s seed library.

And where can you get milkweed? You can have some for free from our seed library! Our Adult Reference Manager Amy Senning has spent the last few months collecting milkweed pods for us to share with you.

Here’s how our Seed Library works. Anyone with a CLEVNET card in good standing can check out seeds from the library for their own garden. The library’s collection includes more than 100 varieties of seed, including herbs, flowers, vegetables and fruit. People can check out as many as 15 types of seed per year.

You can take those seeds; and, if they grow into plants, save some of their seed and donate it to the library.

November is the best time to plant milkweed. (Here are some simple steps for planting milkweed, if you’re looking for a primer.) Help create both a home and food for Monarch butterflies by planting milkweed.

By the way, any green thumbs should check out the special collection from Holden Forests & Gardens’ Corning Library available at our Main Branch.

In addition to a gorgeous arboretum in Kirtland, Holden also has a spectacular collection of gardening, horticulture, environmental and botany books at Corning Library within its arboretum.

Dozens of Corning Library’s books are now available to borrow at our Main Branch. Thanks to a partnership between libraries, you can use your cards to check out books from this special collection. Our typical lending rules apply.

04 1, 2019

Video: Perfect perennials for constant color in your garden

By |2019-04-01T06:00:57-04:00April 1, 2019|

Master Gardener Shelley Baeslack explained how you can use perennials to create interest in your garden all four seasons when she visited our library last week.

If you missed her talk (or wish to revisit it,) we filmed it and are sharing it in its entirety online.

By the way, any green thumbs should check out the special collection from Holden Forests & Gardens’ Corning Library available at our Main Branch.

In addition to a gorgeous arboretum in Kirtland, Holden also has a spectacular collection of gardening, horticulture, environmental and botany books at Corning Library within its arboretum.

Dozens of Corning Library’s books are now available to borrow at our Main Branch. Thanks to a partnership between libraries, you can use your cards to check out books from this special collection. Our typical lending rules apply.

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