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Enjoy your garden and the great outdoors in October

Post Date:09/23/2019 8:10 AM

Just in time for fall, we're offering a series of free gardening/outdoor classes throughout October. No registration is required.


Main Library:

Growing Roses in the Arizona Climate
Tues | Oct 15 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm | MN
October is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can grow and care for roses in your desert garden. Join Master Rosarian Steve Sheard of the Mesa-East Valley Rose Society as he presents an overview on rose gardening in our Arizona climate, selection, planting and maintenance.

Growing Fruit Trees in the Valley of the Sun
Tues | Oct 29 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm | MN
Growing fruit trees in a city is significantly different from growing them in a rural area. Experienced fruit tree grower Steve Sheard discusses how to avoid common mistakes when planting fruit trees in the low desert, when and how to plant, and how to manage your trees through irrigation and fertilization so they survive their first summer.


Red Mountain Branch:

Great Outdoors: The Art of Attracting Monarchs and Other Butterflies to your Garden
Sat | Oct 5 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm | RM
Laura Miller, a Southwest Monarch Study citizen scientist and board member, will discuss how to attract Monarchs and other butterfly species to your garden. Donna DiFrancesco, City of Mesa Conservation Coordinator, will speak about the new Monarch Haven and Reading Sanctuary under construction at the Red Mountain Library. 

Great Outdoors: A Photographic Tour of Arizona
Sat | Oct 19 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm | RM
Pam Parker has spent the past year traveling our beautiful state. Join her as she takes us on a virtual tour of Arizona, enhanced by her skill with a camera. She'll inspire you to go outdoors more with sights both historic and natural, including our native wildlife, and give you tips on techniques for capturing your own Arizona memories.

Don't forget to stop by our Seed Libraries at the Main Library and at Red Mountain Branch. The Seed Library allows library card holders to check out three seed packets per month for free. Choose from a wide variety of seeds for edible plants and herbs, bring your seeds home to grow and save the seeds to donate back to the library. Seed varieties are rotated with the seasons and are suitable to local growing conditions.


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