Gardening at your Local Library

For Immediate Release: May 31, 2019

Media contact: Mindy Linetzky

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Gardening at your Local Library

July gardening programs for all ages, all size gardens

San Francisco, CA – This summer the public is invited to dive into the dirt with gardening events at San Francisco branch libraries across the City. Participants can learn about succulents, worm composting and how to garden in an apartment. They can pick up new plants at the Ortega Branch plant swap or swing by the Portola Branch in San Francisco’s official Garden District to check out the “seed library” or help maintain their flourishing garden. Author/gardening expert Pam Peirce will discuss how to get the most from a small-space San Francisco food garden at the Sunset Branch. Along with Fog City Gardener, teens and tweens can learn to harvest honey, arrange flowers and support bees. Plus, the San Francisco Public Library bookmobile will offer special craft programs – flower crowns, pressed flowers and driftwood marionettes – at the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

In addition, to celebrate 140 years of San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers, librarians have created a booklist with a readers’ treasure trove of gardening guides, histories, botanical encounters and exotic plants. The list is online as well as on a special bookmark available at every library. 

All San Francisco Public Library programs and exhibits are free and open to the public.

July Gardening Highlights:

Gardening for Renters – July 7, 2 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio, 5th Floor

Grow Fresh Air with Indoor Plants – July 10, 2 p.m.,Main Library, Sycip Room, 4th Floor

Gather and Garden – July 11 & 25, 11:30 a.m., Portola Branch

Plant Swap – July 13, 11 a.m., Ortega Branch

Small Space Food Gardening with Pam Peirce – July 20, 12:30 p.m., Sunset Branch

Worm Composting – July 21, 2 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio, 5th Floor

Gardening with Succulents – July 28, 2 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio, 5th Floor

Teens/Tweens, ages 10- 18:

Harvesting HoneyJuly 15, 3 p.m., Glen Park Branch and July 24, 3 p.m., Marina Branch

Backyard Flower Arranging – July 29, 3 p.m., Ocean View Branch

Gardening for Bees – July 31, 3 p.m., Ingleside Branch


DIY Flower Crowns – July 1, 1:30 p.m., SF Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave.

Pressed Flower Art – July 15, 1:30 p.m., SF Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave.

Driftwood Marionettes – July 29, 1:30 p.m., SF Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave.

About San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches,the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.

May 31, 2019