Check it Out: Garden Time

Submitted by J. Johnston on

We certainly had our share of April showers in the Northwest. This means one thing: an abundance of May flowers. I don’t know about you, but when winter departs, I look forward to the spring flower trifecta: daffodils, tulips and iris.

Now that May has arrived, we get to enjoy late spring and early summer blooms. While working in a garden is a year-round activity for some, for others, like yours truly, digging in the dirt is enjoyable once the robins start to sing and the soil warms up. Am I a fair-weather gardener? Indeed.

New gardening books are making their way into the library’s collection as I write this column. Check out today’s reading list for books about growing flowers and edibles as well as titles that provide guidance on how to attract birds, bees and butterflies to your yard. I’m also including two garden-related picture books for young readers (and those of us who are young-at-heart readers). Engage with a famous artist and frisky kittens to understand how nature enriches all creatures great and small.

New at the Library




This is just a small sampling of the many new titles added each week to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District collection. Visit the district’s 15 locations, our website at, or call (360) 906-5000 to reserve titles or find additional listings.

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