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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.

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January 15 - 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.

March 13 - April 26

Community Read StoryWalk, during normal park hours

Free
Presented by: Delaware County Libraries
Location: Rose Tree Park, 1671 N Providence Rd, Media, PA 19063
The Reason for a Flower will be featured in our StoryWalk. No registration required.

March 15

How do they Relate?: Book & Movie Discussion, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford, PA 18969
A discussion will be held relating Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman to a movie inspired by a true story.
Movie Description: When a group of Burmese refugees join the congregation, the pastor of a failing Anglican church attempts to aid them by planting crops and enlisting the help of the community.
Contact IVPL at 215-723-910, ext. 3 for the title of the movie. Registration required. Please call the Reference Desk at 215-723-9109 x 3 to register, or for questions.

Community Read StoryWalk, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Delaware County Libraries
Location: Rose Tree Park, 1671 N Providence Rd, Media, PA 19063
The Reason for a Flower will be featured in our StoryWalk. Other activities and crafts will be provided. Visit https://delcolibraries.libcal.com/event/5201075 and register online.

March 19

The Reason for a Flower Story Time, 10:30-11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Newark Free Library
Location: Newark Free Library, 750 Library Ave., Newark, DE, 19711
Can a flower weigh as much as a tortoise?  How do seeds travel?  Would a snake eat a seed?  With the help of some live and taxidermied animals, the program will explore these and other questions and delve into an amazing array of seeds.  Based on the book, The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller.  Suggested for ages 3 – 6. Presented by Delaware Nature Society's Ashland Nature Center. Registration is not required.

Book Club for Homeschoolers: Seedfolks, 1:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Brandywine Hundred Library
Location: Brandywine Hundred Library, 1300 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803
Homeschoolers (ages 8-12) explore the book Seedfolks through discussion and activities. Call the Brandywine Hundred Library at (302) 477-3150 or stop by the Youth Reference Desk to register and pick up a copy of the book.

Preschool Explorers - Gardening, 1:30-2:15 pm

Free
Presented by: Upper Merion Township Library
Location: Little Theater, Upper Merion Township Library, 175 West Valley Forge Rd. King of Prussia, PA 19406
We’ll be reading The Reason for a Flower as part of the program. Click here to register.

Master Gardeners’ Lawn Care Solutions, 6:30-8:00 pm

Free
Presented by: New Castle County Bear Library
Location: New Castle County Bear Library, 101 Governors Place, Governors Square, Bear DE 19701 (302) 838-3300
Learn the essentials of turf grass, why we have problems and how we can better manage them. UD Cooperative Extension’s New Castle County Master Gardener Rob Medicus reminds us the best lawn gardeners get started early. Whether seeding a new lawn, or keeping up your established yard, lawn care is a science, an art, great exercise and mentally relaxing if done right. Also part of our Longwood Gardens Community Read partnership series. Registration recommended. Ages 16-Adults. Call (302)838-3300 or visit Bear Library INFO Desk to register. 

Springtime Fun, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Kirkwood Library
Location: Kirkwood Library, 6000 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington DE   19808
Flowers and butterflies will brighten your day in this The Reason for a Flower story time.  A part of our Longwood Gardens Community Read partnership series. Call the Kirkwood Library at 302-995-7663 or stop by the children’s desk to register.

Preteen Book Club Seedfolks, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Spring City Public Library
Location: Spring City Public Library, 245 Broad Street, Spring City, PA  19475
Preteens aged 9-12 are invited to our special book club as we discuss Seedfolks. To register, call 610-948-4130.

Preschool Story Time presenting The Reason for a Flower, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Spring City Public Library
Location: Spring City Public Library, 245 Broad Street, Spring City, PA  19475
Come to our Story Time to hear The Reason for a Flower and do a craft to take home. To register, call 610-948-4130.

March 20

3rd Wednesday Book Discussion, 1:00-2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: West Chester Public Library
Location: West Chester Public Library, 415 N. Church St., West Chester, PA 19380
Book discussion of The Triumph of Seeds. No registration is necessary. For more information: http://bit.ly/WCPL2019CommunityRead

Bear Library Nonfiction Book Group discussion of The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson, 7:00-8:30 pm

Free
Presented by: New Castle County Bear Library
Location: New Castle County Bear Library, 101 Governors Place, Governors Square, Bear DE 19701 (302) 838-3300
Bear Library Adult Nonfiction Book Group meets to discuss The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson. Part of our Longwood Gardens Community Read partnership series.  Adults. Call (302)838-3300 or visit Bear Library INFO Desk to register and pick up your copy to read and discuss.

Claymont Adult Book Club, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Claymont Library
Location: Claymont Library, 400 Lenape Way, Claymont, DE 19703
Join fellow readers for a lively and enlightening book discussion about the Longwood Garden Community Read:  The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson. No registration is required.

DIY Seed Bomb, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Glenside Free Library
Location: Glenside Free Library, 215 S. Keswick Ave, Glenside PA 19038
What is a Seed Bomb? It’s a little handmade “rock” filled with seeds! Make one to throw in your back yard in an area that needs some new plants.  While attending, explore the book Reason for a Flower or Seedfolks, two of the Longwood Community Read titles for 2019. For ages 8 - 17. While supplies last. No registration required.

March 21

A Little "Tweet" for the Birds, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Glenside Free Library
Location: Glenside Free Library, 215 S. Keswick Ave, Glenside PA 19038
Seeds are for everyone! Families are welcome to join us to put together sweet “tweets” for the birds. Take a treat home for your backyard birds. Allergy alert: Peanut butter and peanuts may be present during this project. This program is in partnership with the Longwood Gardens Community Read. No registration required.

Seed Balls, 4:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Paoli Library
Location: Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli, PA 19301
The Longwood Gardens Community Read theme is Seeds. Join us to read The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller and make your own seed balls to take home and plant in your own gardens. For ages 4 to 9 years. Registration Required - click here to register.

March 22

PAL Book Club, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Route 9 Library & Innovation Center
Location: Police Athletic League of Delaware (PAL DE), 26 Karlyn Dr., New Castle, DE 19720
Discussion of the Longwood Gardens Community Read 2019 book Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman with a group of juveniles from the PAL DE in New Castle. Registration is not required.

March 22 & April 12

Seedfolks Book Discussion & More! 3:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Helen Kate Furness Free Library
Location: Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 North Providence Road, Wallingford, PA 19086
Seedfolks Book Discussion for 5th through 12 grades.  Thirteen voices germinate into one story.  Our first meeting we will introduce the book and have a seed planting activity (in our raised bed weather permitting.)  Snack on seeds and legumes (think hummus).  Our second meeting, we discuss the book and each design a seed packet with our favorite character and create an acrostic using their name.  Enjoy a slice of pizza with foods grown in the Seedfolk’s community garden!?! Register in advance so that we have a book waiting for you.  Sign up in the library on the main floor by the Longwood Community Read bulletin board OR call Ms. Lori @ 620-566-9331 x4.

March 23

Pollination Power, 3:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Phoenixville Public Library
Location: Phoenixville Public Library, 83 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA 19460
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. Preschool & Up , Families. Please register: online at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org (Click on Kids Calendar, then the event) or call 610-933-3013 x 124 or when visiting the library.

March 24

Role of Seeds in Society and Culture, 1:30 pm

Free and open to the public
Presented by: Hockessin Public Library
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707
Join us for Longwood in Your Library at Hockessin Library! Dive deep into the concepts from The Triumph of Seeds and discover how relevant seeds are in today's world. Please contact the information desk at Hockessin Library at 302-239-5160 for further information and assistance.

March 25

Fredricksen Reads: The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Fredericksen Library
Location: Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Become a part of Fredricksen Reads, our series of book discussions. This month we'll be reading the Longwood Gardens Community Read choice, The Triumph of Seeds. This book takes us on a fascinating scientific adventure through the wild and beautiful world of seeds and is hailed as informative, humane, hilarious, and even moving. You must have read or listened to the book to participate. Registration begins February 1. Register online at https://www.cumberlandcountylibraries.org/node/18849/register

SEED: The Untold Story (documentary showing), 6:00-8:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Route 9 Library & Innovation Center
Location: Route 9 Library & Innovation Center, 3022 New Castle Ave, New Castle, DE 19720
Join us for the documentary SEED: The Untold Story in support of Longwood Gardens Community Read 2019. This is “A film about the importance of heirloom seeds to the agriculture of the world, focusing on seed keepers and activists from around the world.” This wonderful documentary bring awareness about the importance of seed for humankind survival. Registration is not required.

March 26

Plant Science, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cleve J. Fredricksen Library
Location: Fredricksen Library, Ruggaber Community Room, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, PA 17011
Children, accompanied by an adult, will enjoy the Longwood Garden's Community Read selection, The Reason for a Flower, before engaging in hands-on activities that increase their knowledge of plants. Grades K – 2. Starting March 12, call the Children’s Desk to register at 717-761-3900 x229

LEGO Club Grades 3-5: Build Your Own Flower Garden or Arboretum, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Joseph T. Simpson Public Library
Location: Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, 16 North Walnut Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
After reading The Reason for a Flower, kids will use library-supplied LEGOs to create LEGO flower gardens or arboretums with a partner. Register by stopping by the children’s desk at the library or by calling (717)-766-0171.

LEGO Club K-2: Build Your Own Flower(s), 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Joseph T. Simpson Public Library
Location: Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, 16 North Walnut Street, Mechanicsburg, PA  17055
After reading The Reason for a Flower, kids will use library-supplied LEGOs to create LEGO flowers with a partner. Register by stopping by the children’s desk at the library or by calling (717)-766-0171.

Gardening 101: Starting Seeds, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Oxford Library and the Chester County Master Gardeners
Location: Oxford Library, 48 S. 2nd St., Oxford, PA 19363
This program by Chester County Master Gardeners will review seed starter basics for those who want to go beyond direct sowing of seeds into the garden.  The kind of equipment needed to start seeds indoors, time frames, how to transplant seedlings and tips for success will be reviewed.  Please register in advance by phone at 610-932-9625 or through our calendar of events at www.oxfordpubliclibrary.org

Learning About Seeds, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Oxford Library
Location: Oxford Library, 48 S 2nd Street, Oxford, Pennsylvania 19363
As part of the Longwood Community Read program, we will learn about different types of seeds and how they grow. Before talking about the different types of seeds, we will read the book The Reason for a Flower. This is a preschool-age program. Registration required. Please register in advance by phone at 610-932-9625 or through our calendar of events at www.oxfordpubliclibrary.org

March 27

Book Discussion Group, 5:30-7:00pm

Free
Presented by: Route 9 Library & Innovation Center
Location: Route 9 Library & Innovation Center, 3022 New Castle Ave, New Castle, DE 19720
Discussion of the Longwood Gardens Community Read 2019 book The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson. Call the Reference Desk (302) 657-8020 for book availability. Registration is not required.

The Reason for Seeds, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Brandywine Hundred Library & Delaware Nature Society
Location: Brandywine Hundred Library, 1300 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803
Ever see a seed as big as your head? As heavy as a tortoise? The Delaware Nature Society visits to teach us about the amazing varieties and uses of seeds in our world. Ages 3+. Call the Brandywine Hundred Library at (302) 477-3150 or stop by the Youth Reference Desk to register.

Family Story Time, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Route 9 Library & Innovation Center
Location: Route 9 Library & Innovation Center, 3022 New Castle Ave., New Castle, DE 19720
Join us for a special story time featuring the Longwood Gardens Community Read book, The Reason for a Flower, by Ruth Heller. Also, make a craft and taste some local honey.
No registration required.

March 28

The Reason for a Flower, 10:30-11:30 am

Free
Presented by: New Castle County Bear Library
Location: New Castle County Bear Library, 101 Governors Place, Governors Square, Bear DE 19701 (302) 838-3300
With the help of some live and taxidermied animals we are delving into an amazing array of seeds: one as big as your head, a few tinier than sand-grains, and everything in between–even some that smell! This program is in collaboration with the Longwood Gardens Community Read program and being presented by the Delaware Nature Society. All ages.
Call (302)838-3300 for information. Visit Bear Library Kids’ Desk 15 minutes before program to get a ticket to attend.

The Role of Seeds in Society and Culture, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: The Chester County Library
Location: The Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, PA 19341
Dive deep into the concepts from the Longwood Gardens Community Read 2019 book selection The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson. During the facilitated lecture, examine the wide range of usages of seeds in today’s society and culture. From their inclusion in global diets to their presence in creative arts, spirituality and textiles discover how relevant seeds are in today’s world. You will also learn how to properly process and store a menagerie of beautiful seeds to be used for jewelry, cooking, and planting. The Chester County 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. This program supports the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative. To register, go to chescolibraries.org. Click on “Events”. Click “Chester County Library Programs”. Click on the appropriate event on the calendar. Complete registration form.

The Science & Biology of Plants, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Upper Dublin Public Library
Location: Upper Dublin Township Main Meeting Room, 801 Loch Alsh Ave, Fort Washington, PA 19034
From large coconuts to orchid seeds finer than dust, there are a plethora of adaptations that have evolved in the plant kingdom. In this program we will explore the biology of plant reproduction from flowering plants and pollination to the science behind seed scarification and germination. You’ll also learn about the various techniques used to clean and process seeds, and get inspired to start your own garden by planting a combination of vegetable and ornamental seeds in your outdoor space. Presenter Joshua Darfler is a graduate of the Longwood Graduate Program and works in the greenhouses as the Biology Department Manager at the University of Pennsylvania. Register on website beginning 2/15 - https://upperdublinlibrary.org/event/longwood-community-read-the-science-biology-of-plants/

Seed Talk, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Honey Brook Community Library
Location: Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road, Honey Brook, PA 19344
Join us for a Seed Talk based on the book The Triumph of the Seeds by Thor Hanson. To register contact the library at jspade@ccls.org or call 610-273-3303

The Importance of Seeds: A Longwood Gardens Community Read Program, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Quarryville Library and Kris Barry, owner of Groff's Plant Farm
Location: Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Rd., Quarryville, PA 17566
Come discuss Thor Hanson's book The Triumph of Seeds with Kris Barry, owner of Groff's Plant Farm. This year's Community Read selection discusses how each part of a seed has a unique and very important role to fill in the life of a plant. You will also learn tips and tricks for starting seeds at home in anticipation of the garden season. A seed exchange will follow the discussion, so bring your extra seed packets. Registration not required.

Reason for a Flower, 1:30 pm and 4:15 pm

Free
Presented by: Helen Kate Furness Free Library
Location: Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 North Providence Road, Wallingford, PA 19086
(The first session at 1:30 is for Preschool through Kindergarten, and the second session at 4:15 is for preschool through 5th grade)
Books shared include: Reason For a Flower; June 29th, 1999; Flip, Float Fly: Seeds on the Move; Plant a Little Seed; & Let’s Go Nuts:  Seeds We Eat.  Make a seed mosaic and more! 

March 29

Toddler Stay and Play, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: New Castle Public Library
Location: New Castle Public Library, 424 Delaware St., New Castle, DE 19720
During this story time for ages 2+, children will learn about how plants grow through stories and make a “greenhouse” to take home. Children will also receive a small kit to start growing their own beans! Families will receive free passes to Longwood Gardens.
Registration is not required.

March 30

Pollination Power, 1:30 pm

Free
Presented by: West Chester Public Library
Location: West Chester Public Library, 415 N. Church St., West Chester, PA 19380
Listen to the story The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller. Afterwards, we’ll learn about the importance of flowers and meet some animals that rely on them! Visit this link to register online: https://bit.ly/2OIuxjh. Registration opens March 16th at 10:00am.

Seedfolks Book Discussion at Awbury Arboretum, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Awbury Arboretum
Location: The Cope House at Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19138
Join us in reading Seedfolks, a short novel that tells the story of a garden that transforms a neighborhood.  Leo Cooper- who serves as a leader in the PHS Philly Green Committee, the Northwest Gardening Association, and the Indoor Plant Society of the Delaware Valley as well as a member in many other community-focused horticultural groups- will lead our discussion. Register to receive a free copy of the book and attend the event at http://awbury.org/events/seedfolks/

The Reason for a Flower, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Ardmore Free Library
Location: Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
The Reason for a Flower-lesson on flowers and how they grow. We will be planting flower seeds for children to take home. Register online through EventKeeper  or call Ardmore Library at 610-642-5187.

Glenside Grows Seed Swap, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Glenside Free Library
Location: Glenside Free Library, 215 S. Keswick Ave, Glenside PA 19038
Do you have more seeds than you need? Bring your extra seeds to swap with your neighbors. One for one swap. If they aren’t in their original packaging, please be sure to identify the seed types & their environmental needs. After 2 PM, everything that remains will become part of the new seed sharing library. No registration necessary.

Book Club to Discuss The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: The Helen Kate Furness Free Library
Location: Lower Level Chadwick Auditorium at Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 North Providence Road, Wallingford, PA 19086
Celebrate this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Read at Helen Kate! Join the discussion of Thor Hanson’s The Triumph of Seeds led by Library Director Jennifer Stock. We’ll even have seed-related snacks! Call the Library at 610-566-9331 or stop by and register at the main circulation desk.

April 1-30

Flower Scavenger Hunt, during library hours

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford, PA 18969
Stop by the library any time after April 1 to pick up a flower scavenger hunt. Get out into nature and find some flowers.  Turn the hunt in before April 30 to be entered into a drawing for a family pass to Longwood Gardens.
Please call the Reference Desk at 215-723-9109 x 3 to register, or for questions.

April 1

Flower, 10:15 am

Free
Presented by: Helen Kate Furness Free Library
Location: Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 North Providence Road, Wallingford, PA 19086
Toddler Storytime for 2 to 3 ½ year olds .  Books shared include The Reason For a Flower, The Surprise Garden, So Happy, What Will Grow?, & And Then It’s Spring.  Activities include seed germination, seed sorting, flower seed mosaic, and more. To register, call Ms. Lori @ 610-566-9331 x4.

April 2

Pageturners Book Discussion, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: North East Branch Library, 106 W Cecil Ave., North East, MD 21901
The Triumph of Seeds book discussion. Sign up online or call 410-996-9269.

Master Gardeners Seed a Vegetable Garden, 6:30-8:30 pm

Free
Presented by: New Castle County Bear Library
Location: New Castle County Bear Library, 101 Governors Place, Governors Square, Bear DE 19701 (302) 838-3300
For beginners who want to seed a vegetable garden but don’t know where to begin, or for veteran gardeners excited about a new growing season, UD Cooperative Extension, Delaware Master Gardener Gail Hermanau’s workshop shows us how to get started! Either in your backyard, a community allotment, or even in a window box or balcony garden, you can learn and apply the basics of seeding that will have you harvesting fresh, seasonal vegetables by the end of the growing season! A part of our Longwood Gardens Community Read partnership series. Registration recommended. Ages 16-Adults. Call (302)838-3300 or visit Bear Library INFO Desk to register.

Roots & Shoots: Story Time & STEM Project, 1:30-2:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Marple Public Library
Location: Marple Public Library, 2599 Sproul Road, Broomall, PA 19008
Come and join Miss Mel to learn all about the magical world of flowers from roots to shoots. We will start our program by reading Ruth Heller’s, The Reason for a Flower, the 2019 Longwood Gardens Community Read book pick. Afterwards, we will get an opportunity to do some hands-on learning activities with parts of a real flower and plant seeds of our very own. Everyone in attendance will also receive a ‘My Plant’ observation and activity booklet to provide further enrichment opportunities in learning all about flowers, pollination and seeds. This booklet will also include a simple STEM flower project that kiddos can enjoy with their parent(s) and /or caregiver(s) at home continuing with the fun. For ages 4-6 (accompanied by parent(s) and/or caregiver(s)). No registration required. Call 610-356-1510 and ask for Miss Mel if you require further information about this program.

Adult Book Discussion, 12:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Perryville Branch Library, 500 Coudon Blvd., Perryville, MD 21903
The Triumph of Seeds book discussion. Sign up online or call 410-996-6070 ext. 3

Super Seed Starting! 7:00 pm

Fee: $10.00
Presented by: Phoenixville Public Library
Location: Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA 19460
In this hands-on workshop we will discuss and demonstrate the techniques that ensure your success in starting plants from seed. After a brief overview of the amazing structure of seeds, we will take an in depth look at what is involved in starting a plant from a seed. Choosing seeds, soil, containers, lighting, watering, temperature, fertilizing, and transplanting your seedling will be covered. The art of seed saving at the end of the growing season will also be reviewed.  Each participant will plant flower seeds to take home for their garden. Liz Alakszay is an instructor for Longwood Gardens and a horticultural instructor for the Chester County Night School.  She retired as Chester County Master Gardener Coordinator in 2017, after running the program for 6 years.  She is a featured lecturer at many gardening venues throughout the region.  When she is not teaching or starting over 600 plants from seed, you can find her and her two dogs and cat in her certified pollinator and natural wildlife habitat garden. Register on Adult Events Calendar at Library website, or by calling 610-933-3012 x132.

April 3

Worm Composting, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Perryville Branch Library, 500 Coudon Blvd., Perryville, MD 21903
Learn all about worm composting and plant your own miniature garden. In partnership with the University of MD Extension. Ages 6-11. Sign up online or call 410-996-6070 ext. 3.

The Reason for a Flower, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Wilmington Library and Delaware Nature Society
Location: Wilmington Library, 10 E. Tenth Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Why do we have flowers?  To make seeds, of course!  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 than sandgrains and everything in between-even some that smell!  This program is in collaboration with Longwood Community Read. Please call the Youth Services Department at 302-571-7400 ext. 2412

Sleeping Beauty: Seeing Seeds in the Garden’s Slumber, a talk presented by Chris Fehlhaber, Chanticleer Assistant Horticulturist, 7:00 pm

Free and open to the public
Presented by: Chanticleer and the Radnor Memorial Library
Location: Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087
People love gardens because they provide continuous interest, intrigue, and life to our landscape throughout the year.  Even if many gardeners choose to go dormant in the winter, your garden doesn’t have to be.  Attend this lecture to learn how to add life and seasonal interest to your garden through plants that possess beautiful seed heads. No registration is necessary.

April 4

The Strange World of Seeds: Book Talk and Signing, 6:30-8:30 pm

Fee: $10 General Admission, $5 Students and Mütter Members
Presented by: Longwood Gardens and the Mütter Museum of The College of the Physicians of Philadelphia
Location: Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
We’re teaming up with the world-famous Mütter Museum of The College of the Physicians of Philadelphia for an evening in celebration of one of the most fascinating objects on earth: seeds. Join fellow readers and botany aficionados alike to hear Triumph of Seeds author Thor Hanson and Jacqui Bowman, Ph.D, share their thoughts on how these tiny marvels have shaped human history. As America’s finest museum of medical history and a historic national landmark, the Mütter displays beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th-century setting. Contained within the collections are some unexpected examples demonstrating the relationship between humans and seeds including a collection of 15th century herbals and the Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden. A light wine and cheese reception with a book signing follow. Registration is required: https://muttr.org/SeedsBook

Daytime Book Club: The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson, 2:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Upper Moreland Free Public Library
Location: Upper Moreland Free Public Library, 109 Park Ave, Willow Grove, PA 19090
This is an adult book discussion of  The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson. Discussion questions and copies of the book will be available to participants in advance. There is no registration required. Copies of the title will be available at the book club meeting on March 7th, at the library’s Information Desk or for request via inter-library loan. For more information call the library at 215-659-0741.

Role of Seeds in Society and Culture - A Longwood in Your Library Program, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Middletown Free Library and Longwood Gardens
Location: Middletown Free Library, 21 N. Pennell Rd., Media, PA 19063
Join us for Longwood in Your Library at Middletown Free Library! Dive deep into the concepts from The Triumph of Seeds and discover how relevant seeds are in today's world. During the facilitated lecture, examine the wide range of usages of seeds in today’s society and culture. From their inclusion in global diets to their presence in creative arts, spirituality and textiles discover how relevant seeds are in today’s world. You will also learn how to properly process and store a menagerie of beautiful seeds to be used for jewelry, cooking, and planting. 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.

April 5

A Community Conversation with Thor Hanson, 7:00-9:00 pm

Free for active Members, Gardens Admission required for non-members
Presented by: Longwood Gardens
Location: Ballroom, Longwood Gardens
Hear from author Thor Hanson as he discusses his journey through the world of seeds and their extraordinary impact on the world. Hanson will be joined by Floral Director of Fiesta Parade Floats Jim Hynd, who will discuss the intricate designs and elaborate use of seeds, seed pods, and flowers in the designs of the world-famous floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade. Following the talk, join us for a book signing with Hanson and an opportunity to continue the conversation in an informal setting. A light dessert reception in the Conservatory sweetens the fun. Advance Registration is required for everyone: https://longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/community-read-conversation-thor-hanson

Gardening 101: Seed Starting, 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 as inspired by The Triumph of Seeds and shows us how to start our own seeds for creating your own garden. 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.

April 6

Let's Plant Seeds! 12:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Folcroft Library
Location: Folcroft Library, 1725 Delmar Drive, Folcroft, PA 19032
Plant seeds and flower garden for the library. Call library to register or for information: 610-586-1690.

The Reason for a Flower, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: New Castle Public Library and Delaware Nature Society
Location: New Castle Public Library, 424 Delaware St., New Castle, DE 19720
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 than sand-grains, and everything in between– even some that smell! Families will receive free passes to Longwood Gardens. Registration is not required.

The Reason for a Flower Saturday Storytime, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Lansdowne Public Library
Location: Lansdowne Public Library Family Room, 55 S. Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PA 19050
Spring is here! Join Miss Maria in the Lansdowne Public Library Family Room for a special Saturday Storytime featuring The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller and other plant themed books, songs, and activities. Great for those that cannot make our regularly scheduled storytime! Ages 3-5, siblings, and caregivers welcome! Registration is not required.

DIY Bird Feeder, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: East Cheltenham Free Library
Location: East Cheltenham Free Library, 400 Myrtle Ave., Cheltenham, PA 19012
Birds loves seeds! Create a simple bird feeder to hang in your yard using seeds, sunbutter, and other materials. A selection of books about birds and seeds will be available. For ages 4 and up. No registration.

April 8

Little Explorers, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Pottstown Regional Public Library
Location: Pottstown Regional Public Library, 500 E High St., Pottstown, PA 19464
(Children Ages 3-5) Participants will read The Reason for A Flower out loud and discuss flowers and seeds.  Participants will discuss the importance of flowers and seeds. Children will then make seed bombs to take home.  No registration necessary.

April 9

Master Gardener: Pest Management, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Chesapeake City Branch Library, 2527 Augustine Herman Hwy, Chesapeake City, MD 21915
Learn how to save your seeds & keep your garden prosperous from a Master Gardener. Sign up online or call 410-996-1134.

April 10

Book Discussion on The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Ridley Township Public Library and Resource Center
Location: Ridley Township Public Library and Resource Center Meeting Room, 100 E. MacDade Blvd., Folsom, PA 19033
Discussion of The Triumph of Seeds. For information or to register, please email reference@ridleylibrary.org, or call 610-583-0593. You may also register online - visit www.ridleylibrary.org and click "events."

The Triumph of Seeds Book Discussion, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Phoenixville Area Senior Center
Location: Phoenixville Area Senior Center, 153 Church Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
This year Phoenixville Area Senior Center joins other local libraries and community partners for the sixth year of the Longwood Gardens’ Community Read -- a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation. In 2019, we continue to journey into the science of the plant world by going back to where it all started...seeds. The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History (2015) by award-winning author Thor Hanson is the adult Community Read selection for 2019.  A copy of the book may be reserved at Phoenixville Public Library or online at www.ccls.org. Get the books and start reading! In The Triumph of Seeds, award-winning author and biologist Thor Hanson explores both the natural and cultural history of seeds - why they are so dominant in nature, and why we are so utterly dependent upon them. From our morning coffee to the cotton in our clothes, seeds support diets, economies, lifestyles, and civilizations around the globe.  No registration required.

Pollination Power, 3:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: North East Library, 106 West Cecil Avenue, North East, Maryland 21901
The DE Museum of Natural History presents an interactive learning experience about flowers and the animals that rely on them. Featuring Live animals! For families with children ages 5-11. Register online or call 410-996-6269.

Special Spring Seed Storytime, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Elkins Park Free Library
Location: Elkins Park Free Library, 563 Church Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
Join us for this special spring storytime featuring songs, rhymes and stories about seeds, plants and flowers, including The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller. After storytime we will be joined by Tom Horn from Primex Garden Center who will share his expertise and wisdom as the children sort seeds and make "grass heads." This program is in partnership with the Longwood Gardens Community Read program. For ages 3 to 5. Go to cheltenhamlibraries.org and click on Attend It.

April 11

A Bit about Seeds and Seed Starting, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: New Cumberland Public Library
Location: New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, PA 17070
Betsy Rushong, Master Gardener in Cumberland County, will share her knowledge about starting plants from seeds. Also hear about The Triumph of Seeds, the Longwood Gardens community read. Please join us for this program hosted by the Penn-Cumberland Garden Club. No registration required.

The Role of Seeds in Society and Culture, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Radnor Memorial Library
Location: Radnor Memorial Library, Winsor Room, 114 West Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087
Mary Peterson of the Longwood Gardens Professional Gardner Program will present this lecture, based on the concepts of the Longwood Gardens Community Read 2019 book selection, The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson. The wide range of seeds used in today’s society will be examined in this interactive program, including the process and storage of seeds, as well as their use in planting, cooking, and even jewelry. A limited number of family passes to Longwood Gardens and some seeds will be given away during the program. To register, call the Radnor Library at 610-687-1124 or on the Delco Libraries Event Calendar@ https://delcolibraries.libcal.com/

Reason for a Flower: A Hands-On History Program, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Springfield Township Library
Location: Springfield Township Library, Delaware County, 70 Powell Rd Springfield PA 19064
We’ll begin by reading Ruth Heller’s The Reason for a Flower.   From the book, we learn that some everyday objects come from seeds.  Using a travelling trunk supplied by the Chester County Historical Society, we will look at historic toys, clothing, quilts, and food to discover what seeds helped to produce them.  We will finish with a historic craft. For children in grades K-5th. Registration is not required.

Book Discussion - The Triumph of Seeds, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: John Graham Library
Location: John Graham Library, 9 Parsonage St, Newville, PA 17241
Join us for a discussion of the 2019 Longwood Gardens Community Read selection, The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson. Registration is not necessary.

Mosaic Art: From Things That Grow, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: The Free Library of Springfield Township
Location: The Free Library of Springfield Township, 8900 Hawthorne Lane, Wyndmoor, PA 19038
Celebrate the Longwood Gardens Community Read selection for teens, Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, in which characters tap into the transformative power of nature. Teens in grades 6 to 12 are invited to combine their own creativity with nature by transforming everyday seeds into art.  No registration required.

The Role of Seeds in Society and Culture, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Marple Library
Location: Marple Library Meeting Room, 2599 Sproul Road, Broomall, PA 19008
This lecture is based on the Longwood Gardens Community Read 2019 selection, The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson. This interactive program will examine the wide range of seeds used in today’s society and culture. From their inclusion in global diets to their presence in creative arts, spirituality, and textiles, discover how relevant seeds are in today’s world.   You'll also learn how to properly process and store a menagerie of beautiful seeds to be used for jewelry, cooking, and planting. This program will be led by Mackenzie Fochs of the Delaware Center for Horticulture and a graduate of the Longwood Graduate Program and a member of the Society of Fellows. A limited number of Longwood Gardens passes will be given away at this event.   Space is limited therefore advanced registration is required. To register, call the Marple Library at 610-356-1510 or visit https://delcolibraries.libcal.com/event/5230618.

April 13

Seedfolks Book Discussion, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Ardmore Free Library
Location: Ardmore Free Library, 108 Ardmore Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003
Learn about starting your own garden, cooperation, and helping others as we discuss the middle-grade book Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. Register online through EventKeeper or call Ardmore Free Library at 610-642-5187.

DIY Day, 12:30 pm

Free
Presented by: East Pennsboro Branch Library
Location: East Pennsboro Branch Library, 98 South Enola Drive, Enola, PA 17025
Join us to make some Garden Décor for yourself or to give to someone else, as part of our Longwood Gardens Community Read Day at East Pennsboro Branch Library. All materials will be provided for those who register in advance. Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274.

Baby Story Time, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: East Pennsboro Branch Library
Location: East Pennsboro Branch Library, 98 South Enola Drive, Enola, PA 17025
Babies and their caregivers will hear stories, sing songs, and do activities related to that day's theme of Seeds, as part of our Longwood Gardens Community Read Day at East Pennsboro Branch Library.  Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274.

Raising Readers Story Time, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: East Pennsboro Branch Library
Location: East Pennsboro Branch Library, 98 South Enola Drive, Enola, PA 17025
Young children and their caregivers will hear stories, sing songs, and do activities related to that day's theme of Seeds, as part of our Longwood Gardens Community Read Day at East Pennsboro Branch Library.  Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274.

Seeds in Society and Culture with Deb Wiles, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: The Helen Kate Furness Free Library
Location: Lower Level Chadwick Auditorium at Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 North Providence Rd, Wallingford, PA 19086
Celebrate this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Read at Helen Kate! Dive deep into the concepts from The Triumph of Seeds during a facilitated lecture that looks at the wide range of uses of seeds in today’s society and culture. From their inclusion in global diets to their presence in creative arts, spirituality, and textiles, discover how relevant seeds are in today’s world. In this program you’ll also learn how to properly process and store a menagerie of beautiful seeds to be used for jewelry, cooking, and planting. Deb Wiles is a graduate of the Longwood Professional Gardeners Program and a horticulture professional in Virginia. To register, call the Library at 610-566-9331 or stop by and register at the main circulation desk. This program is limited to 20 registrants; a waiting list will be taken once program slots are filled.

John Hershey, Friend of the Trees, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Atglen Public Library
Location: Atglen Public Library, 413 Valley Ave., Atlen, PA 19310
Plantsman Dale Hendricks of Green Light Plants will introduce us to John Hershey, a Downingtown Quaker who had a foresighted view of horticulture, animal husbandry, and land stewardship, that can inform our view for our own backyards. Please register online.

The Role of Seeds in Society and Culture, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Wilmington Public Library
Location: Wilmington Public Library, 10 E. 10th St., Wilmington, DE 19801
Dive deep into the concepts from The Triumph of Seeds during a facilitated lecture that looks at the wide range of usages of seeds in today’s society and culture. From their inclusion in global diets to their presence in creative arts, spirituality, and textiles, discover how relevant seeds are in today’s world.  In this program you’ll also learn how to properly process and store a menagerie of beautiful seeds to be used for jewelry, cooking, and planting. Please register online, in-person at our Reference Desk, or by calling 302.571.7400 ext.2404.

April 14

Flower Power: Kids Read and Explore, 1:00-3:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Natural Lands Gwynedd Preserve
Location: Gwynedd Preserve, 640 South Swedesford Road, North Wales, PA
Kids, bring your adults to discover the wonderful world of flowers. They come in many shapes, sizes, and smells but one thing they all have in common is seeds! We will do a flower craft, eat a flower treat and read the story The Reason for a Flower, and celebrate all things flowers as part of the 6th annual Longwood Gardens Community Reads initiative. Appropriate for young children and their care-givers. Registration required. Please complete and submit the secure, on-line registration form to let us know you are coming, or call 610-353-5587 ext. 221.

Whimsical Gardens, 1:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Elkton Central Branch, 301 Newark Avenue, Elkton, MD 21921
Learn about ecosystems and make a special house for your fairy or troll using natural materials. Ages 6-11. Sign up online or call 410-996-5600.

April 15

Afternoon Book Discussion, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Rising Sun Branch Library, 111 Colonial Way, Rising Sun, MD 21911
The Triumph of Seeds book discussion. Sign up online or call 410-658-4025 ext. 3.

From Seed to Flower, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: The Free Library of Springfield Township
Location: The Free Library of Springfield Township, 8900 Hawthorne Lane, Wyndmoor, PA 19038
Celebrate the Longwood Gardens Community Read selection The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller. Learn more about how plants and flowers grow with stories and hands-on activities, including science exploration and art projects. Suggested for ages 4 and up. No registration required.

April 16

Evening Book Discussion Group, 7:00 pm

Free and open to the public
Presented by: Hockessin Library
Location: Hockessin Library 1023 Valley Rd. Hockessin, DE 19707
Join our friendly, informal Evening Book Group as we discuss this year's Longwood Gardens' Community Read selection, The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson. Please contact Shelley Stein, Adult Services Librarian, 302-239-5160, or visit the Information Desk at Hockessin Library for additional details.

Book Discussion, 7:00-9:00 pm

Free
Presented by: North Wales Area Library
Location: North Wales Area Library, 233 South Swartley St., North Wales, PA 19454
A discussion of The Triumph of Seeds. Registration is not required.

Art Shop: Seed Folk Art, 11:30 am

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford, PA 18969
IVPL invites adults to explore art and unleash their creativity with adapted art projects. After reading selections from Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, we explore folk art and create our own using seeds. E-mail Nicole at nhusbands@ivpl.org or call 215-723-9109 ext. 120, to register of if you have questions.

Tinker Tuesdays: Fun with Flowers, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford, PA 18969
Join us as we read The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller.  We will then explore the world of flowers through hands-on activities. For students in grades K through 5.  Registration required. Register online at www.ivpl.org.

STEM Club Grades 1-2: The Reason for a Flower, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Joseph T. Simpson Public Library
Location: Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, 16 North Walnut Street, Mechanicsburg, PA  17055
After reading The Reason for a Flower, kids will participate in STEM follow-up activities related to the book. Register by stopping by the children’s desk at the library or by calling (717)-766-0171.

STEM Club Grades 3-5: The Reason for a Flower, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Joseph T. Simpson Public Library
Location: Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, 16 North Walnut Street, Mechanicsburg, PA  17055
After reading The Reason for a Flower, kids will participate in STEM follow-up activities related to the book. Register by stopping by the children’s desk at the library or by calling (717)-766-0171.

Adult Book Club, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Upper Perkiomen Valley Library
Location: Upper Perkiomen Valley Library, 350 Main Street, Red Hill, PA 18076
Join our monthly book club group to discuss The Triumph of Seeds, a Longwood Gardens’ Community Read choice for 2019. No registration is required for this event.

The Reason for a Flower, 4:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Malvern Public Library and Tyler Arboretum
Location: Malvern Public Library, 1 E 1st Avenue, Suite 2, Malvern, PA 19355
This year's Longwood Gardens Community Read for children is The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller. We'll read the story and then learn about the parts of a flower and the life cycle of a plant through this hands-on and inquiry based program. Dissect a flower, perform a pollination skit, and learn about seed dispersal. Presented by Tyler Arboretum. For children in grades K-3. Register online here.

Pollinators & Puns presented by Academy of Natural Science, 3:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Radnor Library and The Academy of Natural Sciences
Location: Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087
Ponder pollinators and discover decomposers as you meet live invertebrates from The Academy of Natural Sciences and learn how these important critters help plants. Laugh along as the Academy’s resident storyteller Marty the Moose reads from The Reason for a Flower. In partnership with the Longwood Gardens Community Read program, participants are entered to win free tickets to Longwood Gardens! Open to ages 3 and up. Sponsored by Chanticleer, A Pleasure Garden. Registration required in-person at the Radnor Memorial Library, by phone at 610-687-1124 x43, or online at www.radnorlibrary.org.

Preschool Connections "Flower Power" featuring The Reason for a Flower, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Norwood Public Library
Location: Norwood Public Library, 513 Welcome Ave., Norwood, PA 19074
Storytime with STEM project from Longwood Gardens, "Grass Head" and a Super Big Flower Craft.

Kids Club Afterschool, 3:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Norwood Public Library
Location: Norwood Public Library, 513 Welcome Ave., Norwood, PA 19074
SeedFolks and The Reason for a Flower - Storytime with STEM craft "Grass Head" and Leaf and Flower Pounding  Spring Banner as we learn about natural pigment molecules from leaves and flowers. (Outside, weather permitting)

April 17

Pages & Pints: The Triumph of Seeds, 7:00 pm

Free, but participants are responsible for paying for their own drinks
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Blueprint Brewing Co., 1571 Gehman Rd., Harleysville, PA 19438
Join a librarian from Indian Valley Public Library for a book discussion of The Triumph of Seeds at Blueprint Brewing Co. on the third Wednesday of the month. Copies of each month’s book will be available at Indian Valley Public Library to check out. Participants are responsible for their own drinks. Registration required. To register, visit the reference desk, email refdesk@ivpl.org or call 215-723-9109, ext. 3.

Plant Pigments, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Perryville Branch, 500 Coudon Blvd., Perryville, Maryland 21903
Extract the pigment chlorophyll from spinach leaves and discover chromatography. Presented by the U.S. Army RDECOM Chemical & Biological Center. Ages 6-11. Register online or call 410-996-6070.

Upcycled Plastic Bottle Planter, 4:00-8:00 pm (drop-in)

Free
Presented by: East Cheltenham Free Library
Location: East Cheltenham Free Library, 400 Myrtle Ave., Cheltenham, PA 19012
Decorate a hanging or non-hanging planter using plastic bottles and a variety of materials. Take it home and plant a seed. For all ages. No registration required.

The Triumph of Seeds Book Discussion, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Wilmington Public Library
Location: Wilmington Public Library, 10 East 10th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Enjoy a discussion of the 2019 Longwood Community Read for adults and teens, The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History by Thor Hanson. A limited number of copies of The Triumph of Seeds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at our Reference Desk (1st floor).  Event registration is required to receive a free copy. Please register online, in-person at our Reference Desk, or by phone at 302.571.7400 ext.2404.

April 18

Gardening for Kids: Seed Bombs, 4:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Oxford Library
Location: Oxford Library, 48 S. 2nd Street, Oxford, Pennsylvania 19363
As part of the Longwood Community Read program, children in attendance will learn about seeds with a Master Gardener. We will be making seed bombs to take home and plant. Registration is required. Please register in advance by phone at 610-932-9625 or through our calendar of events at www.oxfordpubliclibrary.org

April 19

Edible Birdhouse Workshop for Kids, 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 as inspired by Seedfolks and The Reason for a Flower and shows how to create our own edible birdhouses using bird seed and other seeds and dried fruit. 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.

April 20

The Wonder of Seeds, 1:00-2:30 pm

Fee: $5.00 per family
Presented by: Delaware Nature Society
Location: Abbott's Mill Nature Center, 15411 Abbott's Pond Road Milford, DE 19963
Explore a bountiful collection of native and garden seeds!   Unravel the mystery of a seed life cycle and figure out what each seed needs to grow a plant.  Investigate the importance of pollinators!   Compare color, size, shape and investigate how seeds travel.  Each family that attends will be given a copy of The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller.
Abbott's Mill Nature Center, 15411 Abbott's Pond Road Milford, DE 19963. (302) 422-0847

The Triumph of Seeds Book Discussion, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
Location: Board Room, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell St, Norristown, PA 19401
Enjoy the company of other readers as we discuss this year's Longwood Gardens Community Read selection, The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson. The book discussion will be led by Dr. Hal Halbert. To register please call 610-278-5100 ext. 0

Wild Edible Plants, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Henrietta Hankin Branch Library
Location: Henrietta Hankin Branch Library (in the Annex), 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs, PA 19425
Continue your exploration into the world of plants and seeds with an introduction to WILD EDIBLE PLANTS! Discover and appreciate the edible plants of Pennsylvania, New Jersey.... and beyond! Join Debbie Naha-Koretzky (the Wild Edibles Lady) to discover the wild edible plants in our area. Many of us don't realize that we are surrounded by edible plants in a wide variety of places. Educator, licensed nutritionist, and wild edibles expert Debbie Naha will discuss plant identification, safety, look-alike plants, sustainable harvesting and nutrition. Enjoy an indoor presentation, followed by an identification walk and end with wild tea tasting and recipes. To register, visit the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library’s Events Calendar online at www.chescolibraries.org/events or call 610-321-1710.

Longwood Reads The Reason for a Flower, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Avon Grove Library
Location: Avon Groce Library, 117 Rosehill Ave., West Grove, PA 19390
A librarian will read this year’s Longwood Community Read children’s book selection The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller and other Earth Day themed books aloud. Learn about seeds, pollen and the parts of a flower and how plants help our environment. floweAttendees will also make several eco-friendly crafts. Free program. For families/all ages. No registration needed.

Longwood Reads Seedfolks, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Avon Grove Library
Location: Avon Grove Library, 117 Rosehill Ave., West Grove, PA 19390
A librarian will read selections from this year’s Longwood Community Read middle grade book choice Seedfolks. Learn how the simple act of a 9-year old girl planting lima bean seeds sparks stories from individuals of various ethnic backgrounds, cultures and ages to come together to create a community garden. Attendees will also make several eco-friendly crafts. Free program. For families and grades 3 and up. No registration needed.

April 22

Make It: Earth Day Seed Balls. A program for all ages, 6:00-7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: New Castle County Bear Library
Location: New Castle County Bear Library, 101 Governors Place, Governors Square, Bear DE 19701
Celebrate Earth Day with us! Make seed balls you can plant at home and watch grow into flowers. All materials are provided. Part of our Longwood Gardens Community Read partnership series. Tickets at Kids’ Desk 15 minutes before program. All ages. Call (302)838-3300 for information. Visit Bear Library Kids’ Desk 15 minutes before program to get a ticket to attend.

Celebrate Earth Day, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Kirkwood Library
Location: Kirkwood Library, 6000 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington DE   19808
Create a haircut head and exploding seed balls as part of our Longwood Gardens Community Read partnership series.  All ages. Call the Kirkwood Library at 302-995-7663 or stop by the children’s desk to register.

Seed Mosaics, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Darby Free Library
Location: Darby Free Library, 1001 Main Street, Darby, PA 19023
Create a beautiful mosaic with seeds as you learn about each one. No registration required.

Edible Seeds, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford, PA 18969
Learn about the seeds that you eat everyday and try new ones after reading The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller. Registration and permission slip required. Ages 13 and up.  Registration required. Visit the reference desk, email refdesk@ivpl.org or call 215-723-9109, ext. 3.

The Reason for a Flower - Making Seed Bombs, 9:30 am

Free
Presented by: Downingtown Library
Location: Downingtown Library, 122 Wallace Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
As part of the Longwood Gardens Community Read event, children in 1st through 5th grades will read, think, and engage with Ruth Heller’s The Reason for a Flower. The group will then work together to make seed bombs to plant or share with friends and family. Register online at downingtownlibrary.org. Registration opens March 1st at 9am.

All About Seeds, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Downingtown Library
Location: Downingtown Library, 122 Wallace Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
All About Seeds Master Gardener Maryann Nicholson will present a program on seed collecting and storing, a virtual tour of Svalbard Seed Vault.  The Triumph of Seeds will be part of the discussion. Visit downingtownlibrary.org, adult programs to register.

The Triumph of Seeds Book Discussion, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Phoenixville Public Library
Location: Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA 19460
This year Phoenixville Public Library joins other local libraries and community partners for the sixth year of the Longwood Gardens’ Community Read -- a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation. In 2019, we continue to journey into the science of the plant world by going back to where it all started...seeds.  The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History (2015) by award-winning author Thor Hanson is the adult Community Read selection for 2019.  A copy of the book may be reserved at the Library or online at www.ccls.org. Get the books and start reading! In The Triumph of Seeds, award-winning author and biologist Thor Hanson explores both the natural and cultural history of seeds - why they are so dominant in nature, and why we are so utterly dependent upon them. From our morning coffee to the cotton in our clothes, seeds support diets, economies, lifestyles, and civilizations around the globe. Register on Adult Events Calendar at Library website or by calling 610-933-3012 x132.

Flower Food, 3:15 pm

Free
Presented by: Radnor Memorial Library
Location: Teen Room, Radnor Memorial Library, 114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087
Try some edible flowers and identify some seed snacks all in celebration of Longwood Gardens Community Reads selection, Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. No registration required.
No registration required.

April 23

Green by Nature Preschool: Pollinators and Flowers, 9:30-11:00 am

Fee: $6 DNS members and $10 others. Parent participation is required, free of charge.
Presented by: Delaware Nature Society
Location: Ashland Nature Center, 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707
Discover the wonders of nature with your little one! Enjoy hands-on nature discovery outdoors with our professional team. This program is in collaboration with the Longwood Community Read each family that attends will be given a copy of The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller.
Ashland Nature Center, 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707 (302) 239-2334 x 125

Nonfiction Book Club, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Cecilton Branch Library, 215 E Main St., Cecilton, MD 21913
The Triumph of Seeds book discussion. Sign up online or call 410-275-1091.

Seed Storytime, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Upper Perkiomen Valley Library
Location: Upper Perkiomen Valley Library, 350 Main St., Red Hill, PA 18076
Join us for Story Time with Miss Wendy. Our theme is “Seeds! Featuring the Longwood Gardens Community Read book The Reason for a Flower.”  For preschool age, but all ages are always welcome.  No registration required.

April 24

Seedfolks Book Discussion, 2:00-3:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Appoquinimink Community Library
Location: Appoquinimink Community Library, 651 N. Broad St., Middletown, DE 19709
Discuss Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman as part of Longwood Gardens' Community Read initiative. Design a garden plot and plant seeds to take home to start your own garden. Tweens/Teens (Grades 6-8). Registration required: call the library (302) 378-5588 or online at https://tinyurl.com/SeedfolksAppo.

Edible Wild Plants, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Perryville Branch Library,500 Coudon Blvd., Perryville MD 21903
Learn how to forage for food. Al Milliner will discuss what to eat and where to find it. Sign up online or call 410-996-6070.

Earth Day: Build a Forest, 3:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Chesapeake City Branch Library, 2527 Augustine Herman Hwy., Chesapeake City, MD 21915
Help replenish the forests by planting and caring for a pine tree seed. Includes a storytime with The Reason for a Flower. Ages 6-11. Sign up online or call 410-996-1134.

Whimsical Gardens, 3:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location:  Elkton Central Library, 301 Newark Ave., Elkton MD 21921
Learn about ecosystems and make a special house for your fairy or troll using natural materials. Ages 6-11, including a storytime with The Reason for a Flower. Sign up online or call 410-996-5600.

Preschool STEAM: Seeds, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Upper Dublin Public Library
Location: Upper Dublin Public Library, 805 Loch Alsh Ave., Fort Washington, PA 19034
We are celebrating the Longwood Gardens Community Read selection: The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller. We will be reading the story and exploring seeds and plants. Click on the link above to register. Registration starts April 1.

Book Discussion: The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: The Chester County Library
Location: The Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, PA 19341
Join us for a book discussion on the Longwood Gardens Community Read Program book choice The Triumph of Seeds. In The Triumph of Seeds, award-winning author and biologist Thor Hanson explores both the natural and cultural history of seeds - why they are so dominant in nature, and why we are so utterly dependent upon them. The Chester County 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. To register, go to chescolibraries.org and click “Events.” Click “Chester County Library.” Click the appropriate event on the calendar. Fill out the registration form and “send” completed registration.

Sowing and Sharing the Seeds of Spring, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Upper Perkiomen Valley Garden Club
Location: Upper Perkiomen Valley Library, 350 Main St, Red Hill, PA 18076
Join us for an evening of "garden talk" as we discuss our favorite plants and what's new in the garden for this year. Have too much of a certain plant or seeds? Participate in an exchange! Learn of efforts to reintroduce a disease-resistant American Chestnut. Once the dominant species in our eastern hardwood forests, only the "grey ghosts" of 4 billion trees remain. No registration required.

April 24

Spectacular Seeds, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Elkins Park Free Library
Location: Elkins Park Free Library, 563 Church Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027
Explore the beauty and power of seeds with Tom Horn from Primex Garden Center. We will plant bean and lettuce seeds in biodegradable pots and make seed mosaics. Lots of wonderful books on seeds and plants will be available to check out, including Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. This program is in partnership with the Longwood Gardens Community Read program. Ages 6 to 10. Registration required. Go to cheltenhamlibraries.org and click on Attend It.

April 25

The Reason for a Flower, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: John Graham Library
Location: John Graham Library, 9 Parsonage Street, Newville, PA 17241
Join us for children’s activities based on the book The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller. Registration is not required.

Adult book group discussion on Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History, 5:30 pm

This program is free and open to the public
Presented by: Chanticleer and the Radnor Memorial Library
Location: Chanticleer, 786 Church Road, Wayne, PA 19087*
*Please check in at the front desk and a staff member will direct you where to go
Join us for a discussion on the Longwood Community Read book, Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History. Bring your own picnic to enjoy before we discuss the book. Arrive any time after 5:30 to enjoy your picnic, and we will gather at the Chanticleer Terrace for a book discussion from 6:30-7:30. This program will be held rain or shine, we will have an indoor location for bad weather. The program is free and is limited to 16 participants. Please sign up over the phone, (610) 687-1124.

April 26

Book Bites Club: Seedfolks, 4:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Radnor Memorial Library
Location: Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087
What has the power to unite neighbors from all different ethnic backgrounds and cultures? In Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, discover the inspiring story of how an inner-city community garden brings about social change. No pre-reading required, we will read excerpts from the book as a group. Get your taste buds involved with seed-snacks and edible flowers!  In partnership with the Longwood Gardens Community Read program, participants will receive free tickets to Longwood Gardens! Open to grades 3-5. Please sign up in person at the Radnor Memorial Library, over the phone at 610-687-1124 x43, or online at www.radnorlibrary.org.

April 27

Flower Power: A Longwood Gardens Community Read Story Time, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Quarryville Library
Location: Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566
Quarryville Library is partnering with Longwood Gardens for this special story time! We’ll be reading The Reason for a Flower, this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Read for young children. We’ll also be creating our own seeds based on what we learned. (Everyone welcome; suggested for ages 3—6). Please register on our events calendar at quarryvillelibrary.org/events, by calling 717-786-1336, or by emailing library@quarryvillelibrary.org.

Wild Edibles Plants!, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford, PA 18969
Join us at IVPL on Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 pm to discover the wild edible plants in our area. Many of us don't realize that we are surrounded by edible plants in a wide variety of places. Educator, licensed nutritionist, and wild edibles expert Debbie Naha will discuss plant identification, safety, look-alike plants, sustainable harvesting and nutrition. Enjoy an indoor presentation, followed by an identification walk and end with wild tea tasting and recipes. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity! Please call the Reference Desk at 215-723-9109 x 3 to register, or for questions.

Seed Exploration, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: North Wales Area Library
Location: North Wales Area Library, 233 S. Swartley St., North Wales, PA 19454
Using a Community Read Exploration Backpack, we will place participants into groups then tie together the 13 Seedfolks from the book with seed exploration kits. Recommended for grades 2-5. Online registration at www.northwaleslibrary.org.

The Role of Seeds in Society and Culture, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: West Chester Public Library
Location: West Chester Public Library, 415 N. Church St., West Chester, PA 19380
Dive deep into the concepts from The Triumph of Seeds during a facilitated lecture that looks at the wide range of usages of seeds in today’s society and culture. From their inclusion in global diets to their presence in creative arts, spirituality, and textiles, discover how relevant seeds are in today’s world. In this program you’ll also learn how to properly process and store a menagerie of beautiful seeds to be used for jewelry, cooking, and planting. Register at http://bit.ly/WCPLSeedsSocietyCulture

The Reason for a Flower, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Delaware Nature Society, hosted by Kennett Library
Location: Kennett Library, 216 East State Street, Kennett Square, PA  19348
Why do we have flowers? To make seeds of course! With the help of some live and stuffed animals we will delve into an amazing array of seeds. This program is in collaboration with the Longwood Community Read, and is suitable for children in kindergarten through 3rd grade.  Registration is not required.

Story Time: Once Upon a Garden, with the Radnor Library, 10:30 am

Free for kids 12 and under, adults are $10 (or $5 with Radnor Library Card)
Presented by: Chanticleer and the Radnor Memorial Library
Location: Chanticleer, 786 Church Road, Wayne, PA 19087* 
*Please check in at the front desk and a staff member will direct you where to go
We will read The Reason for a Flower and Chanticleer gardener, David Mattern will share a variety of different vegetable seeds. A seed themed activity will be offered following the reading and gardener presentation. No registration is necessary.

April 27, May 4, June 8, June 22 & July 13 (5-part series)

Garden Growers, 9:30 am (4/27, 6/8, 6/22), 11:30 am (5/4), 12:00 pm (7/13)

$20 TLC members (includes all 5 sessions)
$30 non-members (includes all 5 sessions)
Presented by: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Location: Stateline Woods Preserve, 814 Merrybell Lane, Kennett Square, PA 19348
On April 27th, TLC will be hosting its new Garden Growers Series as part of the Longwood Garden Community Read. Featuring the story Seedfolks, this program will encourage outdoor activity and enhance gardening skills. Children and young adults will come together to focus on gardening step-by-step in a community setting. This 5-part series introduces seed starting, germination, transplanting, and care taking of fruit and vegetable plants. At the end of this series, we will have a garden feast of the produce that the group has grown and harvested together. Register at tlcforscc.org/education/ Select Garden Growers.

April 29

A Nosegay for May Day, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Kirkwood Library
Location: Kirkwood Library, 6000 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington DE   19808
Create a nosegay for May Day and discover The Reason for a Flower
in this Longwood Gardens Community Read partnership program. All ages. Call the library at 302-995-7663 or stop by the children’s desk to register.

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.

May 1, 8, 15, 22

The Reason for a Flower, 4:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Chester County Library
Location: Chester County Library Storytime Room, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, Pennsylvania 19341
A series of four exciting programs about Botanical Science for seven to eleven year olds.  Based on Ruth Heller’s classic book, The Reason for a Flower, the series will focus the mysterious world of seeds and plants.  Under the guidance of Mr. Turner, the participants will:
•    examine a variety of seeds and learn about their parts
•    plant seeds and examine them, with magnifying glasses and microscopes, as they sprout and grow
•    learn about soil and how it helps plants grow
•    plant their sprouts in the Library Garden and also take some home to plant in their own yards
•    observe caterpillars as they eat and eat and eat and build their chrysalides
•    release Painted Lady Butterflies after they hatch  
Please register, beginning March 15th, at www.chescolibraries.org – Events – May 1st.

May 1

Tiny Explorers / A Flower Adventure, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Upper Perkiomen Valley Library
Location: Upper Perkiomen Valley Library, 350 Main Street, Red Hill, PA 18076
Join us as we learn all about seeds and flowers in this hands on class.  We will highlight the book The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller. No registration required.

May 2

The Role of Seeds in Society and Culture, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Phoenixville Public Library
Location: Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA  19460
Dive deep into the concepts from Longwood Gardens' Community Read book, The Triumph of Seeds during this lecture that looks at the wide range of usages of seeds in today’s society and culture.  From their inclusion in global diets to their presence in creative arts, spirituality, and textiles, discover how relevant seeds are in today’s world.  In this program you’ll also learn how to properly process and store a menagerie of beautiful seeds to be used for jewelry, cooking, and planting. Register for Event on the Adult Events Calendar on Library website or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

May 3

Family STEM Stations: Flower Power, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: New Cumberland Public Library
Location: New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, PA 17070
Families with children ages 3-7 are invited to drop in to the Library for center-based activities to explore the world of plants and flowers based on Longwood Gardens' Community Read title, The Reason for a Flower. Relax in the story corner, make a seed-based craft, and try out some hands-on science activity kits designed for preschoolers. This program is self-guided and no registration is necessary. No registration necessary.

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 as inspired by The Triumph of Seeds, Seedfolks and The Reason for a Flower and shows how to grow all things edible in your garden. 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.

May 4

Master Gardeners Attracting Butterflies for ages 16-adult, 11:00 am-12:30 pm

Free
Presented by: New Castle County Bear Library
Location: New Castle County Bear Library, 101 Governors Place, Governors Square, Bear DE 19701 (302) 838-3300
Whether from seeds or by modifying an existing garden you can create a welcoming habitat for butterflies and beneficial insects. UD Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Ron Simpson covers the basics and advanced treatments from soup to nuts, even seeds. Even your balcony or porch can serve to attract butterflies. A part of our Longwood Gardens Community Read partnership series. Registration recommended. Ages 16-Adults. Call (302)838-3300 or visit Bear Library INFO Desk to register.

The Role of Seeds in Society and Culture, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Henrietta Hankin Branch Library and Longwood Gardens
Location: Henrietta Hankin Branch Library (Community Room), 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs, PA 19425
Dive deep into the concepts from The Triumph of Seeds during a facilitated lecture that looks at the wide range of usages of seeds in today's society and culture. From their inclusion in global diets to their presence in creative arts, spirituality, and textiles, discover how relevant seeds are in today's world. In this program you'll also learn how to properly process and store a menagerie of beautiful seeds to be used for jewelry, cooking, and planting. To register, visit the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library’s Events Calendar online at www.chescolibraries.org/events or call 610-321-1710.

Fabulous Flowers! 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: New Cumberland Public Library
Location: New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, PA 17070
Families with children ages 6-10 are invited to drop in to the Library to explore the world of plants and flowers based on Longwood Gardens' Community Read title, The Reason for a Flower. We’ll being by reading the book and then become plant scientists while we explore seeds and flowers. We’ll finish by planting our own choice of flower to take home. Registration is requested beginning April 15 by calling the Library at 717-774-7822.

May 7

Plant Exchange, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Rising Sun Branch Library, 111 Colonial Way, Rising Sun, MD 21911
Swap plants with other gardeners, and bring new life to your garden! Master gardeners will be on hand to identify plants and answer general questions. Sign up online or call 410-658-4025.

Plant Exchange, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Cecilton Branch Library, 215 E Main St., Cecilton, MD 21913
Swap plants with other gardeners, and bring new life to your garden! Master gardeners will be on hand to identify plants and answer general questions. Sign up online or call 410-275-1091.

May 8

Ready, Set, Kindergarten: Plants and Flowers, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: The Free Library of Springfield Township
Location: The Free Library Library of Springfield Township, 8900 Hawthorne Lane, Wyndmoor, PA 19038
This session of our kindergarten readiness program will focus on plants and flowers and the letters K and L. Explore these topics and letters with books, hands-on activities, crafts, and centers with a special emphasis on letter recognition. For children ages 3 to 5. No registration required. No registration required.

May 9

The Role of Seeds in Society in Culture, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Norwood Public Library and Longwood Gardens
Location: Norwood Public Library, 513 Welcome Ave, Norwood, PA  19074
Mackenzie Fochs of the Longwood Gardens Graduate Program will present the program, based on the concepts of the Longwood Gardens Community Read 2019 book selection, The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson.  The wide range of seeds use in today’s society will be examined in this facilitated lecture, including the process and storage of seeds, as well as their use in cooking, planting and even jewelry.  To register, call the Library at 610 534-0693 or on the Delco Libraries Event Calendar  @ https://delcolibraries.libcal.com/event/5172029

May 10

The Academy of Natural Sciences Presents: Pollinators & Puns, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Elkton Central Library, 301 Newark Avenue, Elkton, MD 21921
Using fun props and activities children will learn how pollinators help plants.  Laugh along as the Academy’s resident storyteller, Marty the Moose, reads from this year’s Community Read The Reason for a Flower. For families with children ages 4-11. Doors will open at 6:15. Register online or call 410-996-5600.

May 11

Pollination Celebration, 9:30 am - 2:00 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
Things are a-buzzzz at the Delaware Museum of Natural History!  Celebrate and learn about our powerful pollinators that help us every day!  Participate in: pollinator games;  create a special Mother’s Day craft; themed films; meet a horticulturist; meander through our pollinator garden; hike our trails; enjoy special pollinator story times and much more. Face Painting by Dori will be available for an extra fee.

Master Gardeners Attracting Hummingbirds for ages 16-adult, 11:00 am-12:30 pm

Free
Presented by: New Castle County Bear Library
Location: New Castle County Bear Library, 101 Governors Place, Governors Square, Bear DE 19701 (302) 838-3300
Whether from seeds or by modifying an existing garden you can create a welcoming habitat for butterflies and beneficial insects. UD Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Ron Simpson covers the basics and advanced treatments from soup to nuts, even to the seeds. Why even your balcony or porch can serve to attract butterflies. A part of our Longwood Gardens Community Read partnership series. Registration recommended. Ages 16-Adults. Call (302)838-3300 or visit Bear Library INFO Desk to register.

Science Saturday - Roots, Shoots and Flowers, 1:00 pm

Regular museum admission, Hagley members Free
Presented by: Hagley Museum
Location: Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Rd., Wilmington, DE
In partnership with Longwood Gardens' Community Read, we will explore the great Kingdom Plantae, where air, sun and water reign! Marvel in the power of the mighty seed coat and bask in the glory of germination.  Create a hanging planter with an upcycled soda bottle.
Science Saturdays are drop-in activities - stop by any time during event hours.

May 14

On the Subject of Seeds with Master Gardener Maryann Nicholson, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: The Chester County Library
Location: The Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, PA 19341
Anyone who enjoys gardening understands the excitement about seeds.  Selecting seeds for the beauty of their flower or the harvest of their fruit is both a passion and dedication enjoyed by many people.  However, little consideration is given to how seeds have shaped our lives and how important they are for our future.  Thor Hanson’s The Triumph of Seeds shares fascinating and enlightening knowledge of seeds and the important role that seeds play in our daily lives. To bring the subject of seeds on a more basic and local level, this presentation will focus on the importance of seeds; what seeds can be found in your backyard; how you can be more sustainable by harvesting seeds; and how to store seeds. The Chester County 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. This program supports the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative. To register, go to chescolibraries.org. Click on “Events”. Click “Chester County Library Programs.” Click on the appropriate event on the calendar. Complete registration form.

Book Chat: The Triumph of Seeds, 1:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Tyler Arboretum
Location: Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media, PA 19063
Come join the conversation! Annie Jansen, Penn State Brandywine faculty librarian, will be leading a book discussion of The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History. In The Triumph of Seeds, award-winning author and biologist Thor Hanson explores both the natural and cultural history of seeds – why they are so dominant in nature, and why we are so utterly dependent upon them. Discover Tyler’s new Edible Garden after the discussion. Pre-registration required – click here. Books will be provided for participants to pick up at Tyler Arboretum.

May 15

Plant Exchange, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Elkton Central Library, 301 Newark Ave., Elkton MD 21921
Swap plants with other gardeners, and bring new life to your garden! Master gardeners will be on hand to identify plants and answer general questions. Sign up online or call 410-996-5600.

The Reason for a Flower, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Ridley Township Public Library and Tyler Arboretum
Location: Ridley Township Public Library & Resource Center, 100 E. MacDade Blvd., Folsom, PA 19033
For students grades K-5.
Tyler educators will bring the Arboretum to you! Inspired by The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller, we’ll learn the parts of a flower and the life cycle of a plant through this hands-on and inquiry based lesson. Students will learn how flowers attract different kinds of pollinators and perform an exciting, educational skit. Then students will dissect a real flower to look closely at all of the parts. After examining flowers up close, students will explore what comes next -the fruit and seed(s). We will learn how and why plants disperse seeds and sort samples of unique seeds from Tyler Arboretum’s plants and trees! To register, visit www.ridleylibrary.org and click ‘events’ to register. 

Triumph of Seeds Book Discussion, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Jenkintown Library
Location: Jenkintown Library, 460 York Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046
We will discuss The Triumph of Seeds. To register, please call or stop in at the library. 215-884-0593.

May 16

Potted Garden Workshop, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Upper Perkiomen Valley Library
Location: Upper Perkiomen Valley Library, 350 Main St., Red Hill, PA 18076
We will be discussing the book Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, then you will get to create a potted garden. Please stop in beforehand and pick up a copy of the book to read.  No registration required.

May 18

Plant and Seed Exchange, 12:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Ridley Township Public Library and Resource Center
Location: Ridley Township Public Library and Resource Center, 100 E. MacDade Blvd., Folsom, PA
Swap plants with other gardeners, and bring new life to your garden! Master Gardener Joe Daniels  will be on hand to identify plants and answer general questions. This program is in collaboration with Longwood Gardens Community Read. For information or to register, email reference@ridleylibrary.org or call 610-583-0593. You may also register online - visit www.ridleylibrary.org and click "events."

Container Gardening, 2:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Ridley Township Public Library and Resource Center
Location: Ridley Township Public Library and Resource Center, 100 E. MacDade Blvd., Folsom, PA
Penn State Master Gardener Joe Daniels will present a Container Gardening workshop. Container gardens allow you to dress up your patio or balcony easily. You may grow flowers, herbs or vegetables in a container. This is a terrific way for new gardeners to get their start This program is in collaboration with Longwood Gardens Community Read. For information or to register, email reference@ridleylibrary.org or call 610-583-0593. You may also register online - visit www.ridleylibrary.org and click "events."

May 19

Seedfolks: A Book Discussion and Celebration of Community Gardens!, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Henrietta Hankin Branch Library
Location: Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs, PA 19425
For young adults in grades six through twelve along with their parents, Henrietta Hankin Branch Library will host a book discussion of Seedfolks, by Paul Fleishman, on Sunday, May 5th at 2:00 pm.   Join us along with gardeners from various community gardens in the area, to discuss this touching work of fiction that exemplifies the beauty and importance of growing food as a way to build community.  The program will include a small gardening project that participants can bring home. Register from the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library’s event calendar at www.chescolibraries.org/events, or by calling 610-321-1710.

May 20

Preschool Science: Planting a Rainbow. 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: North East Branch Library, 106 W Cecil Ave., North East MD 21901
Learn about flower shapes and colors with hands-on activities, including a storytime with The Reason for a Flower. Ages 3½-5. Sign up online or call 410-996-6269.

May 21

The Triumph of Seeds Book Discussion, 3:00 pm

Free
Presented by: New Castle Public Library
Location: New Castle Public Library, 424 Delaware St., New Castle, DE  19720
Discussion of the book The Triumph of Seeds. To register, call the library Reference Desk at 302-328-1995.

Seed to Flower Match Game, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Darby Free Library
Location: Darby Free Library, 1001 Main St., Darby, PA 19023
Use the library's resources to match seeds to the flower it will become. Plant your favorite to take home and grow.  No registration required.

Honey Brook Community Library Book Chat, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Honey Brook Community Library
Location: Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Rd., Honey Brook, PA 19344
Join us for a Book Chat to discuss The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson.  Registration is required.  Contact jspade@ccls.org or call the library at 610-273-3303.

Learn to Love Organic Gardening: Saving Seeds, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Chester County Library
Location: Struble Room, Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, PA 19341
Learn to reap the rewards of organic gardening. Deb Kates, organic gardener for 40 years, returns to talk about organic gardening and the rewards you will receive in saved money, stress relief, exercise, nutrition and great tasting food! Learn how the environment will benefit as well. As a special treat to support the Longwood Gardens Community Read Program book choice The Triumph of Seeds, by Thor Hanson, Deb will discuss how best to harvest and save seeds for future use. As a Longwood Community Read program and there will be family passes to the gardens given away by lottery. To register, go to chescolibraries.org and click “Events” at top of page. Click “Chester County Library”. Click the appropriate event on calendar. Fill out the registration form and “send” completed registration.

Mobile Museum Program: Pollination Power, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Rachel Kohl Community Library and The Delaware Museum of Natural History
Location: Rachel Kohl Community Library 687 Smithbridge Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342
This program, featuring live animals, includes a reading of The Reason for a Flower, followed by an interactive learning experience about the importance of flowers and the animals that rely on them! Register by calling or stopping by the library starting the last week in April.

May 23

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

May 29

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.

June 18

The Reason for a Flower, 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.