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Dewey Talks about Gardening this Thursday, April 7

flowersApril showers generally bring May flowers, but you have to plant the flowers to begin with. What flowers should you plant? What is an annual? What is a perennial? Does it really make a difference?

Let Master Gardener Laura Eyer help you with your flower and planting questions in this free presentation Thursday, April 7, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Oak Room. Get the knowledge you need to be ready for the spring plant sales.

Laura Eyer is an experienced Master Gardener and speaker from the Clackamas County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardener Association.

For more information about this free community event, please contact John Smith at 503-682-2744 or smith@wilsonvillelibrary.org


Dewey Talks: Annuals, Perennials, Oh My!
Thursday, April 7
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Oak Room
Free admission

How does your garden grow?

Digging in the dirt

Love the NW clay soil

If it’s anything like mine, it grows in fits and starts, with every year something new to learn. There was the year I planted lilies under the maple tree, only to discover they didn’t get the sun they needed. Or the year I tried growing basil, not knowing to pinch out the flowers to keep the basil producing leaves. 

Or like this year – the dead 10 foot tall stump in our backyard that was supposed to come down, oh, six years ago but didn’t because we feared it would be filled with all sorts of buggy goodness .  Well, we now own a happy chainsaw and decided to try it on the stump this past weekend. We cut a sliver out of the trunk, watching for the zillions of tiny creepy crawly things to zoom out. Instead, we found lovely cedar. No knots, no bugs.  Just gorgeous cedar. The stump had been an eyesore in the backyard for six years. Why didn’t we try cutting it sooner? Ah, the lessons we learn. 

Now that the sun is back (for the moment) and temperatures look to be more normal, it’s the perfect time to get outside and putter in the dirt. Here are some resources at the library that may make your gardening a little easier: 


  • on plants and basic gardening are in Non-fiction 635
  • on garden design are in Non-fiction 712
  • here’s a tip: Timber Press is a Portland company that publishes books on gardening, horticulture, natural history (esp. of the Pacific Northwest). They do good stuff.


  • see the non-fiction DVDs in 712, like Garden Story (the series on PBS)
  • see the fiction DVDs for entertainment, like the hit British TV mystery series Rosemary and Thyme

Online Databases – access magazine articles online, for free! 

  • Gardening, Landscape, and Horticulture – nearly 50 magazines/journals on, you guessed it, gardening, landscape, and horticulture. Includes practical and scientific works, from American Gardener to Australian House and Garden, from Martha Stewart Living to Mother Earth News.
  • Home Improvement – nearly 100 home improvement magazines/journals for weekend warriors and professional carpenters alike. Includes titles like Architectural Digest, Good Housekeeping, House and Garden, and This Old House.

Magazines - Stop in and browse (and take home!) back issues of titles like: 

  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Organic Gardening
  • Sunset

Dewey Talk this Wednesday, May 12 (that’s tomorrow) at 6:30 p.m.

  • Come talk with a Master Gardener and learn all about drip irrigation and soil preparation. Good things to know before you start getting dirty. Join us tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. in the Oak Room for this free talk.

For more information, contact the library at 503-682-2744, e-mail a librarian at reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org, or stop by and ask. We’re happy to help!