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Stop and Prune the Roses

By Brandon Priddy, Public Services Librarian

Many of us are using our extra time at home by taking up a new hobby or finally getting around to those household projects we’ve been putting off for ages.  If you already have a green thumb or are interested in starting a rose garden, guest lecturer Bill Dorn, President of the Pittsburgh Rose Society, will present “Grab Your Gloves and Sharpen You Pruners: The Basics of Pruning Roses” on Saturday, April 25th at 1:00PM via a Zoom lecture.  You can register here.  Dorn, a certified rosarian, was elected President of the society in February 2019. He is also an apprentice judge with the American Rose Society and serves as the Assistant Director of the Penn-Jersey District of the American Rose Society.

Dorn was recently featured in the April 5th, 2020 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article “Pruning Roses Hard Brings Beautiful Rewards.” You can access this article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by visiting the Library’s Newspaper database page.  Simply click on the remote access link underneath the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Database and sign in with your Mt. Lebanon Public Library card.  If you search “Bill Dorn” it’ll come right up.  You can also access hundreds of other newspapers for free by signing into America’s Newspapers listed on the same page.

If you need inspiration or instruction for your next gardening project, the Library has many free online resources loaded with relevant content.  For ebooks, I suggest visiting Hoopla and borrowing Practical Rose Gardening by Inger Palmstierna, Gardening: The Complete Guide by Miranda Smith, or Homegrown Vegetables, Fruits & Herbs by Jim W. Wilson.  Streaming video service Kanopy has many video courses on gardening and other topics.  You can watch the Great Courses series How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape or The Science of Gardening.  If you prefer touring gardens rather than working in them, you can watch The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales, which have episodes on Britain’s famous estates and gardens.  Another option would be to watch the documentary Exhibition on Screen: Painting the Modern Garden Monet to Matisse that covers famous artists and their garden related art.   

If you’re looking for more DIY project ideas or home improvement suggestions, you can also access free issues of magazines, such as Better Homes & Gardens or Martha Stewart Living via the library service Flipster and read them right in your web browser.  The Library app OverDrive also has Backyard & Garden Design IdeasCountry Living, and HGTV Magazine as well as many more magazines.  If home improvement isn’t your thing, you can still use Flipster or OverDrive to access other popular titles, such as Entertainment WeeklyVogueTIMEThe New YorkerNational GeographicRolling Stone, and Vanity Fair.  You can take your own photographic odyssey right from the comfort of your couch.  


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