Get Your Dose of Vitamin G!


National Gardening Week launched on Monday 26 April

Though the week has passed, the RHS and us here in Nottingham City Libraries are still actively encouraging you all to get gardening and get involved! Help bring forward the next generation of gardeners and experience the joy of growing and creating your own green spaces. This years theme is all about getting your dose of Vitamin G!

Take a look at the initiative on the RHS website.

Come and view last year’s launch video of the initiative during the first lockdown year. Get that much needed encouragement to take part and get growing! The RHS youtube channel even has helpful gardening tips for the beginner to help them get started.

Your local library gardens

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Volunteering Opportunities

To celebrate National Gardening Week, we are excited to announce that we have some new volunteer roles available in our community libraries. We have 8 libraries with small gardens and it would be great to get the local community involved to create and develop these outdoor spaces for all to enjoy. Do you like gardening? Have you got some time to spare to help us make our communal spaces a place for others to enjoy and share?

Please contact your local library for more information and if you’d like to apply, please visit our volunteer page.

Here are a few suggested eBooks from Borrowbox to get you started with gardening!

Keep an eye on our social media platforms for more recommendations.

You can also search our library catalogue for other gardening books you can borrow from our libraries.

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The Good Gardener by Simon Akeroyd

Create your ideal garden with this indispensable guide from the National Trust with expert Advice for Every Garden From the National Trust.

The Good Gardener explains traditional skills tried and tested by generations of National Trust gardeners, including expert advice from the head gardeners at world-famous Hidcote, Sissinghurst and Stourhead, and reinterprets them for the modern garden; large and small.
Packed with illustrated handy tips, step-by-step guides and beautiful photography, this book is suitable for everyone from novice through to expert. It covers all aspects of gardening, from the basics through to landscaping and design, pruning and propagation and creating a more sustainable garden.

The Art of Bonsai by Giovanna M. Halford and Yuji Yoshimura

Creation, Care and Enjoyment

Japanese bonsai have long been admired throughout the world while their care and preservation have seemed shrouded in mystery.

The Art of Bonsai is, however, a comparatively simple art to learn. Anyone with a love a plants, a little patience and this eminently practical book can create bonsai and keep a finished plant healthy and vigorous for generations.

Click here to find this book

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Need more help getting started?

Why not access our library resources on our catalogue?

 Take a look through our eBooks via BorrowBox.

Access the RHS advice page for immediate information regarding your everyday gardening needs!

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