5 New Gardening Books from my Local Library

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I got an email in from Siobhan Walshe of Fingal Libraries PR Dept letting me know of some great new gardening books that will be coming to the shelves of Fingal’s Libraries quite soon.

Siobhan notes:

Here’s a list of some new and interesting books that will be in the branches in the next couple of weeks:-

  1. Your wildlife garden month by month – Jackie Bennett
  2. Your herb garden month by month – Barbara Segall
  3. Incredible Edibles: 43 fun things to grow in the city – Sonia Day
  4. The Edible Balcony: Growing fresh produce in the heart of the city – Alex Mitchell
  5. River Cottage handbook No 9 – Fruit – Mark Diacono (there’s recipes in this book too).

They are all well illustrated and none seem too complicated though No 5 is quite detailed.

Siobhan also notes

I found one new book on camping –

  • The art of Camping: the history and practice of sleeping under the stars – Matthew De Abaitua

I have to give Siobhan credit and I simply love the added camping book…. someone is paying attention to my blog 😉 On a serious note, having learnt from my mistakes – I now buy my gardening books like I add to my vinyl collection. Far too much clap trap out there and I like my books to be investments and archivable reference books for the future.

Also the staff of Fingal libraries are very intelligent people and they don’t choose books with any sort of willy nilly approach. Watch this space…. or just watch Fingal Libraries.

Fingal’s Most Popular Library Gardening Books

With thanks to Siobhan Walshe and the team at Fingal Libraries, the following are Fingal Libraries most popular gardening books. The list was compiled for use in The Sodshow July 15th 2011 for which you will find the audio below. That aside, the selections may just surpeise you slightly.

Most popular adult gardening books:

  1. The Irish gardener’s handbook, how to grow vegetables, herbs, fruit – Michael Brennock
  2. How to be a gardener – Alan Titchmarsh
  3. Joe’s Allotment: Planning and planting a productive plot – Joe Swift
  4. Grow your own groceries: how to feed your family – Linda Gray
  5. How to grow your own food, a week by week guide to wild life, friendly food and vegetable gardening – Dirty Nails

Most popular children’s gardening books:

  1. Grow it, eat it – Dorling Kindersley publication
  2. Growing Things – Ting Morris – sticky fingers series
  3. Kids in the garden, growing plants for food and fun – Elizabeth McCorquodale
  4. Green fingers and muddy boots, a year in the garden for children and families – Ivor Santer
  5. Grow your own strawberries – Helen Lanz
  6. Grow your own tomatoes – Helen Lanz

The SodShow – July 15 2011 – Dublin’s Garden Radio (mp3)

This week, as a by the way and coincidentally, book of the week was Jane Powers book, A place that works with nature.

Fingal Libraries – Growing Your Own Garden Talks

After doing a series of garden talks some weeks ago with Fingal Libraries for local schools, I was asked once again to do another week long session of grow your own garden talks to the library members were all [except one] were done in the evening time.

The talks differed extremely from the more educational and behind the scenes that I did for the schools sessions. Instead I chose to do a more, how I grow my own in my home, to suit those with an average of 20 minutes per evening to spare.  I gave those attending an insight into what is considered best practise, but in reality not always practical, if at all possible. It was then a case of making it quite specific to each individuals size of space within which they wished to grow their own.

Credit were it’s due to the staff of all the libraries who were absolute gentlemen and ladies. From the most simplistic offering of a glass of water to being so friendly when the clock was rolling after the 7pm mark. It really did make my time there with them so much much enjoyable.

I’ve have done previous garden talks in the libraries of Balbriggan, Baldoyle and Malahide libraries. Blanchardstown library was new to me and sits on the peripherals of the [very large] shopping centre. I never knew one could go in read the most current of every magazine available. Take a peak next time you are nearby it is stunning inside. Swords library, although smaller has a great little childrens area and a brilliant range of garden books. It is also worth noting that they are free to use wi-fi buildings.

That aside I did regret not doing a little video of the view from the upstairs in Baldoyle library the last time I was talking there. I got it second time round.

More details on fingal libraries and the garden classes/ talks contact:

Siobhan Walshe
Development & PR Department
Fingal County Libraries
County Hall
01 8905532

For more information on garden talks & demonstrations you can contact me in the following ways:

Fingal Libraries Public Gardening Talks

I did a sesssion of gardening talks with Fingal Libraries for some of Fingals primary schools about two weeks ago.

Taking place once again in Fingal’s Libraries, I will be doing a second series of gardening talks for anyone who would like to attend. Whilst the talks are as such free to attend, I am told that booking is essential and you can do this through your local library. As I said before, I’m more familiar with the mobile library so I’m unsure of what is the easiest way to do the actual booking. Also places are limited.

update: To book any event just contact or drop into the relevant library

The following talks are so far confirmed:

  • Malahide Library – Monday 18th April @ 3pm
  • Baldoyle library – Monday 18th April @ 7pm
  • Swords Library – Tuesday 19th April @7pm
  • Blanchardstown Library – Wednesday 20th April @ 7pm
  • Balbriggan Library – Thursday 21st april @ 7pm

More details on fingal libraries and the garden classes/ talks contact:

Siobhan Walshe
Development & PR Department
Fingal County Libraries
County Hall
01 8905532

For more information on garden talks & demonstrations you can also contact me in the following ways:

Fingal Libraries Schools Gardening Talks

I mentioned last week that I was doing some gardening talks with Fingal County Council Libraries. The classses were for 4 primary school classes and took place over a two day period.

To deviate mildly, because of where I live, the mobile library is there should I need it and to that it has been a while since I was in a library building. I was so impressed. Blown away, is most probably a more apt description.

If you thought libraries are dull, boring and dreary places reticent of ’80’s Ireland, you are miles nee kilometres off the mark. Childrens areas, wifi, bright and bustling – with areas of quiet – is what they are; all complete with modern meeting rooms – which is were my talks were held.

I centred my talks, in [extremely] short, around a plant starting as a seed, maturing into a plant in order to produce a flower which in turn produces a seed, basically it’s life cycle, only for it to start all over again. Examples and samples of my apples trees in bud, actual apples, bananas, carrots, onions, onion plants and sets [i threw in a leek and a flowerless daffodil for the craic], as well as potato seeds and potatoes, to name but a few.

To the staff in all I extend a massive thank you for being so amazing and so very kind. Also to Siobhan Walshe who was my point of contact for the week and such a pleasure to chat with.

As a by the way, Rush library, [pictured above] formerly an old church building if for nothing else is well worth a visit for sake of the architecture, the interior and the way in which modern technology has interacted with it. The compliment can be extended, albeit in a varying light, to Baldoyle library semi wrapped in glass and overlooking the waters leading to Irelands eye; Malahide library get my applause for their front garden which I love dearly and Balbriggan library I actually got lost in it.

More details on fingal libraries and the garden classes/ talks contact:

Siobhan Walshe
Development & PR Department
Fingal County Libraries
County Hall
01 8905532

More information on garden talks & demonstrations:

You can also contact me in the following ways: