Libraries & Gardening

kallie_growMay 31, 2007

Hello to all,

I am new to this message board and wanted to reach out for some input from gardening enthusiasts in the Hudson Valley. I work for the Mid-Hudson Library System in the beautiful mid-Hudson Valley (Poughkeepsie, NY). We are an organization that supports public libraries in five counties (Dutchess, Columbia, Greene, Putnam, and Ulster). Some of our libraries are interested in doing more for the gardening community. I would love your feedback on what types of things would be of interest.

Some general thoughts I have at this point include:

-Offering some gardening courses at selected libraries

-Helping gardening clubs recruit new members via library marketing channels

-Promoting gardening books & magazines available through area libraries to gardening groups

-Offering sections in front of the library for gardeners to garden for the community to enjoy

-Creating a "Gardener's Corner" on library webpages with selected websites of interest.

I'm also interested in knowing what clubs, websites or online groups you would recommend to gather additional ideas/input.

I would love to speak with you and hear any ideas you have on how to better serve gardening enthusiasts in the Hudson Valley through area public libraries. You can reach me at 845-471-6060 ext. 49 or

Thanks for your thoughts.


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playsinthedirt20(z6 HudsonValley)

Hi Kirsten,

I think your idea is great! I live just south of your area, in Rockland County, but we also have a far-reaching library system. I would love to see any and all of your suggestions implemented. Maybe the place to start is local gardening clubs. I guess you'd just do a search on the computer and see what pops up for your area. Or call you local Cooperation Extension. They are always very helpful.

Good luck, and keep us informed of your progress.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 1:37AM
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I'm glad that you think this is a worthwhile effort and appreciate your positive feedback. I've just taken you advice and obtained some area gardening clubs from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Thank you for the suggestion.

If anyone else out there has some ideas, don't be shy!


    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 3:14PM
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yng_grdnr(z6 lower hudson valley)

this is a great idea, but I don't know of any gardening clubs near me (orange county). There are a few libraries near me that I'm sure would love to participate.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 9:34PM
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Hi Kirstin,
Thanks for reaching out to the community. I'd like to suggest a couple of areas of interest for the "urban" gardener 1) small space gardening 2) shade gardening 3) container gardening. I'm a gardener in the City of Poughkeepsie who lives on the shady side of the street - space and sunlight are at a premium :=)

Good luck.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2007 at 10:18AM
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