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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.

January 26

Vegetable Winter Gardening for ages 12-adults, 10:30 am-12:00 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
Rick Judd of UD Cooperative Extension New Castle County Master Gardeners. Which veggies thrive in cooler weather, when you can seed them and what impacts to prepare for as weather cools and winds pick up. Extend your vegetable gardening year-round. A part of our Longwood Gardens Community Read partnership series. Call (302)838-3300 or visit Bear Library INFO Desk to register.

February 3

Sow It in the Snow - Winter Gardening 101, ages 12-adults, 2:00-3:30 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
Join University of Delaware’s Cooperative Extension and Delaware Master Gardeners to learn how to winter-sow your way to a beautiful summer garden. Winter sowing is an outdoor method of seed germination that requires minimal effort or cost but jumpstarts your planting season using mother nature and recycled plastic containers.  Bring a recycled milk jug and leave with your own starter winter sown garden. Other economical methods of seed starting will also be discussed. A part of our Longwood Gardens Community Read partnership series. Registration recommended. Ages 12-Adults.
Call (302)838-3300 or visit Bear Library INFO Desk to register.

February 7

PHS McLean Library Book Discussion Group, 5:45-7:45 pm

Free
Presented by: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Location: PHS McLean Library, 100 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Participants will discuss Thor Hanson's The Triumph of Seeds. Register online, or call 215-988-1698.

February 12

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

Free
Presented by: Chester County Library
Location: The Chester County Library, Struble Room, 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, 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.

February 16

Pressed Flower Art, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Pottstown Regional Public Library and the Pottstown Garden Club
Location: Pottstown Regional Public Library, 500 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464
(Children Ages 8-14 ) Participants will read The Reason for A Flower out loud and examine fresh flowers and a variety of seeds.  Participants will then create a pressed flower display.  Entries will be judged by members of the Pottstown Garden Club, and winners will receive a pass to visit Longwood Gardens.  To register for event email lkraljevich@mclinc.org.

March 4

Adult Afternoon Book Discussion, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Chesapeake City Branch Library, 2527 Augustine Herman Hwy, Chesapeake City, MD 21915
The Triumph of Seeds book discussion. Sign up online or call 410-996-1134.

March 5

Book Discussion, 2:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Kirkwood Library
Location: Kirkwood Library, 6000 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, DE 19808
Join us for a lively discussion of Thor Hanson's The Triumph of Seeds. No registration required. Visit or call the Information Desk at 302-995-7663 if you need help obtaining a copy of the book.

The Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, 7:30-8:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Bala Cynwyd Library
Location: Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Our annual March gardening program features Mr William Rein, Coordinator of Horticulture Programs and Living Collections at the Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation.  Mr Rein will speak on the history of the Barnes Arboretum (which houses over 12,000 plant specimens), what it has today to entice visitors, where they are with the transition to St Joseph’s University, and the future of the Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation.  No registration required

March 7

Teen Crafternoon - DIY Mini Succulent Planters. 4:00-5:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Bala Cynwyd Library
Location: Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Succulents are the perfect plant for your urban garden because they thrive in arid climates.  Join us to make these little planters, perfect for lining up on a shelf for décor!  Grades 6-12.
No registration required.

Lunch and Literature, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Claymont Library
Location: Claymont Library, 400 Lenape Way, Claymont, DE 19703
Meet new friends, explore ideas and learn something new. We will have a book discussion on The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson, this year’s Longwood Garden Community Read. Light refreshments will be served. Adults. 1-2 p.m.  No registration is required.

Seeds, The Origins of Life, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Darby Free Library
Location: Darby Free Library, 1001 Main Street, Darby, PA 19023
Take a close look at where your food, cloth and buildings get their start. Seeds under the microscope. Event open to everyone. Just come in and enjoy the program. No registration required.

March 8

Morning Academy: Seeds, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Elkton Central Library, 301 Newark Ave., Elkton MD 21921
Educational stories and activities for homeschoolers and other children in non-traditional school settings, including the Longwood Gardens Community Read The Reason for a Flower. Ages 6-11. Sign up online or call 410-996-5600.

Morning Academy: Seeds, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Perryville Branch Library, 500 Coudon Blvd., Perryville MD 21903
Educational stories and activities for homeschoolers and other children in non-traditional school settings, including the Longwood Gardens Community Read The Reason for a Flower. Ages 6-11. Sign up online or call 410-996-5600.

March 11

Family Book Club, 6:30-7:30 pm

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’s books Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman and The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller. Call the Youth Reference Desk (302) 657-8020 for book availability.

The Reason for a Flower, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Claymont Public Library and Delaware Museum of Natural History
Location: Claymont Public Library, 400 Lenape Way, Claymont, DE 19703
In partnership with the Longwood Gardens Community Read program the Delaware Museum of Natural History presents an exciting outreach program based on the poem by Ruth Heller, The Reason for a Flower. The program will feature live animals and an interactive learning experience about the importance of flowers and how animals rely on them. All ages. 10:30-11:30 a.m. No registration is required.

March 12

The Reason for a Flower, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: North Wilmington Library and Delaware Nature Society
Location: North Wilmington Library, 3400 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19802
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! To register, call the Circulation Desk, North Wilmington Library - 302-761-4290.

March 13

Book Discussion, 6:30-7:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Appoquinimink Library
Location: Appoquinimink Library, 51 N. Broad St.  Middletown, DE 19709
Book discussion of The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson. To register, please phone the library: 302-378-5588.

Scrumptious Snacks, 7:00-8:00 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 using our own community garden, just like in Seedfolks (Tower Garden in the library) to create healthy snacks that middle school students can make themselves! We’ll also have a book display of fiction and nonfiction titles that pertain to gardening, healthy eating and healthy living. Click here to register.

March 16

Seed Folks, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Pottstown Regional Public Library
Location: Pottstown Regional Public Library 500 E High St. Pottstown, PA 19464
Participants will read The Reason for A Flower out loud and discuss Seedfolks.  Participants will discuss the importance of green space. Children will then create their very own “Seed Folk” to take home and tend.  To register for event email lkraljevich@mclinc.org.

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.

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

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 26

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 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.

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.

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/

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.