Lets Go Outside, an adult summer reading event offered by the Queens Borough Public Library, is geared toward both apartment dwellers and homeowners anyone who is interested in cultivating a bit of green.
You learn as you grow, said Patty Kleinberg, QBG director of education, who takes a holistic approach to gardening. Summer can be a particularly trying time for gardeners scorching sun, excessive heat, drought, insects that munch their way through your tomatoes. Chemicals and overwatering are not the solution. And what happens to your plants when you go away on vacation? That can also be stressful for both you and your plants!
QBG, which is located in Flushing and is open free of charge year-round, offers an ongoing schedule of weekend workshops for adults and children alike.
Kleinberg realizes that not everyone is able to take advantage of these programs. We are thrilled that Queens Library has invited our staff to visit branches throughout the borough so we can answer questions, give advice, and encourage people to try new techniques, she said. Not everyone has a chance to visit Queens Botanical Garden, so this is a wonderful opportunity for Garden staff to meet community residents and bring our education programs to them.
Lets Go Outside is funded by fines and fees collected by Queens Library. Go to www.queens
Partnering with Nature with Patty Kleinberg, director of education
You cant fight Mother Nature and why would you want to? Understanding the natural growth cycle of plants enables a more rewarding gardening experience. This workshop provides an overview of natural gardening concepts, composting, lawn care, proper cultural practices, and strategies for times of drought.
July 28, 6 p.m., Hollis
Backyard Composting with Patty Kleinberg
Anyone can compost. Learn the method that best suits your needs. Youll use less water and fertilizer, and avoid trips to the garden center for costly topsoil and peat moss. Find out how to grow the best flowers and vegetables ever using your homemade compost.
July 18, 2:30 p.m., Whitestone
House Plant Care and Clinic with Fred Gerber, Director of Education, Emeritus
Learn the basics of watering, light, feeding, soil, and potting. Bring your own house plant for diagnosis and recommendations.
July 18, 2 p.m., Howard Beach
Aug. 11, 4 p.m., Middle Village
Aug. 13, 2 p.m., St. Albans
Aug. 20, 10:30 a.m., Woodhaven
Aug. 26, 2 p.m., Bayside
Plant Propagation with Fred Gerber
See how to propagate both indoor and outdoor plants. Stem and leaf cuttings, layering, division, and starting from seeds will be demonstrated.
Aug. 18, 6 p.m., Hollis Branch
Designing Your Own Herb Garden with Cynthia Reed, horticulturalist
This workshop explores space be it a windowsill, terrace, rooftop, or backyard garden and how to plant the type of herb garden you desire.
Aug. 22 2 p.m., Peninsula Branch
Cooking with Herbs with Cynthia Reed
Learn the general techniques for using fresh, dried, and frozen herbs as well as how to make herb-flavored vinegars, oils and butters, and salt-free herbal blends. Edible flowers and what foods go with what herbs will be covered.
July 30, 10:30 a.m., Woodhaven Branch
July 31, 2:30 p.m., Auburndale Branch
Aug. 4, 6 p.m., Flushing Branch
Aug. 12, 2:30 p.m., Fresh Meadows Branch
Healing with Herbs with Cynthia Reed
This workshop covers the dos and donts of medicinal herbs. Learn how to choose and store herbs as well as the medicinal uses of herbs as teas, syrups, compresses, poultices, oils and ointments, and herbal baths.
July 22, 3 p.m., Maspeth Branch
July 25, 2 p.m., Ravenswood Branch
July 29, 1:30 p.m., Broad Channel Branch
For information about upcoming programs and concerts at Queens Botanical Garden, which is located at 43-50 Main St. in Flushing, call 718-886-3800 or go to www.queens
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