March is here, and with it the first days of Spring. For many, this is the time of year to begin planning your garden. You may be surprised to learn that the Library is here to help with that! We have many books on gardening that you may find useful in the weeks ahead: The Tennessee Gardener's Guide by Walter Glenn, Tennessee & Kentucky Gardener's Guide by Judy Lowe, and Raised Bed Revolution by Tara Nolan to just name a few.
If you need some gardening inspiration, the Library grounds are packed with beautiful plants well suited to our climate. These are cared for by our Garden Club, which meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM. If you have any questions about a specimen, these are the folks to ask! We are fortunate to have the expert guidance of Dr. Donna Fare, our very own horticulturalist. Donna and her husband Wade volunteer a great deal of time each year to keeping the Library grounds looking their best, and we're especially grateful for all their hard work.
Finally, a word of caution: you may be tempted to begin planting a little earlier this year because of the warm temperatures, but experts advise always waiting until after the average last freeze date. For Sparta, that't April 16. The last thing you want is for all your hard work to be for naught.
So whether your're an experienced gardener or just getting started, the Library is an excellent place to learn something new. We hope to see you in our gardening section soon!