Join Longwood Gardens and our community partners for our Community Read—a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation.
There are so many ways to celebrate the Community Read in our region! Below is a complete calendar listing of events at Longwood Gardens and our Community Read partner organizations. Be sure to check back often, new events are added regularly.
Find an event near you and share your thoughts with our community!
Through June 2
Exhibit: Highlights from Ruth Heller’s children’s book, The Reason for a Flower, during museum hours
Free with paid admission or with DMNH Membership Presented by: Delaware Museum of Natural History Location: Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807 Selected images and text from The Reason for a Flower will be placed in DMNH galleries to highlight the benefit of plants in differing ecosystems around the world. This may include rainforests, wetlands, saltmarshes and deserts.
May & June
Summer Growing Program for Children and Youth
Free Presented by: Coatesville Area Public Library Location: Coatesville Area Public Library, 501 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA 19320 This spring our young patrons are planting a container garden in the Library's Courtyard. In May we will fill containers & sow seeds for lettuce, mesclun, radishes, carrots and cilantro. In June we will plant herbs and sow seeds for micro greens, nasturtiums, marigolds and zinnias in containers, and plant tomatoes and peppers. We'll enjoy the harvest in July & August! Registration is not required.
May 1 - 31
Story Time, Tuesday-Saturday at 11:00 am & 2:00 pm, Sundays at 1:00 pm
Free with paid admission or with DMNH Membership Presented by: Delaware Museum of Natural History Location: Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807 Join us throughout the month of May for an outdoor Story Time at the Delaware Museum of Natural History featuring this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Read book, The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller. Each story time is followed by an interactive activity. *In case of inclement weather story time will held indoors. Length: 15 – 30 min.
Gardening 101: Edible Gardens, 10:30 am
Free Presented by: Middletown Free Library and Joe Daniels of the Delaware County Master Gardeners Location: Middletown Free Library, 21 N. Pennell Rd., Media, PA 19063 Join us as Joe Daniels of the Master Gardeners teaches us about seeds and plants as inspired by The Triumph of Seeds, Seedfolks and The Reason for a Flower and explains the pro and cons of raised bed gardening while showing us first hand at the Library's Raised Bed Gardens put in by Tyler Arboretum. Ages 5 and older! The Middletown Free Library is proud to partner with Longwood Gardens Community Read, developing programs designed to “encourage reading and start a conversation.” A limited number of family passes to Longwood Gardens will be given away during the program. Register by visiting www.middletownfreelibrary.org/for-adults or by calling 610-566-7828
Evening Book Discussion, 7:00 pm
Free Presented by: Free Library of Springfield Township Location: Monthly book group will discuss the book, The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson. Give us a call to register @ 215-836-5300.
Pollination Power, 2:00 pm
Free Presented by: Penn Wynne Library Location: Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood, PA 19096 The program is an outreach event based upon the book The Reason for a Flower. It will feature live animals and a reading of the book. Registration opens Friday, May 17th at 8 a.m. on lmls.org.
The Beauty and Diversity of Native Plant Seeds, 10:00 am
$5 members, $10 non-members Presented by: Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art Location: Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman's Mill Rd, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. (Please meet your tour guide in the museum courtyard) Join us for a seed-finding tour of our native plant gardens and behind-the-scenes visit to our unique seed-collection operation. You'll discover the diversity of wildflower and grass seeds and learn how we process these for planting and sale. We'll demonstrate proper seed-sowing techniques. Each participant will take home a packet of native plant seeds. This is a rain or shine event. Registration is required. Registration is online.
Seeds for Living, 12:30 p.m.
Free Presented by: Delaware Health and Social Services Library Location: Delaware Health and Social Services Library, 1901 N. DuPont Highway, Springer Building - Library Annex, New Castle, DE 19720 Come out and let's talk about seeds! Courtesy of Longwood Garden’s Community Read annual program, we will have a chance to talk about seeds, herbs and their varied benefits to our lives. Pick up a free packet of flower seeds and get ready for spring planting! To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reason for aFlower, 2:00 pm
Free Presented by: Delaware Nature Society and Appoquinimink Community Library Location: Appoquinimink Community Library, 651 N. Broad St., Middletown, DE 19709 Why do we have flowers? To make seeds, of course! Can a flower weigh as much as a tortoise? How do seeds “travel”? Would a snake eat a seed? Would you eat a seed? With the help of some live and taxidermied animals we will explore the answers to these and other questions and delve into an amazing array of seeds: one as big as your head, a few tinier that sand-grains, and everything in between– even some that smell! Register online, call or stop into the library.
Pollination Power, 10:30 am
Free Presented by: North Wilmington Library and Delaware Museum of Natural History Location: North Wilmington Library, 3400 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19802 The Delaware Museum of Natural History has designed a special outreach program based on the fun poem by Ruth Heller, The Reason for a Flower. The program, featuring live animals, includes reading the book followed by an interactive learning experience about the importance of flowers and the animals that rely on them! Call the Circulation Desk to register at 302-761-4290.
Pollination Power, 11:30 am
Free Presented by: Conshohocken Free Library and Delaware Museum of Natural History Location: Conshohocken Free Library, 301 Fayette St., Conshohocken, PA 19428 In partnership with the Longwood Gardens Community Read program, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has designed a special outreach program based on the fun poem by Ruth Heller, The Reason for a Flower. The program, featuring live animals, includes reading the book followed by an interactive learning experience about the importance of flowers and the animals that rely on them! No registration required, just drop in.