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Resources for your garden from the library and other local sources.
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Featured Website

Friends of Brookside Gardens
friends of brookside gardens

Friends of Brookside Gardens (FOBG) was established to support the mission of the Brookside Gardens. This includes maintaining of programs to reveal the year-round wonders and beauty of nature and also educating the public on how the proper care of plants can preserve the environment. What does FOBG do? "Helping to make this botanical wonderland a beautiful and enjoyable year-round learning experience for all visitors."


Gardening Help

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden

Montgomery County Master Gardener

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers of the University of Maryland Extension, who are dedicated to helping the residents of Montgomery County, Maryland. They are located at:

18410 Muncaster Road
Derwood, Md 20855

If you have a gardening question, call 301-590-9650

Plant Clinic schedules can be found on the Montgomery County Master Gardeners' website

 umd home and garden

Home & Garden Information Center

Talk with the plant and pest experts at Maryland Extension. 
1-800-342-2507, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
Outside Maryland, call 1-410-531-1757.
Or send a question by email.


When to Plant

Lily of the Valley

Monthly gardening tips are available from the Maryland Co-op, as well as the Spring Frost/Freeze table.

US National Arboretum provides the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.

A Monthly Gardening Calendar is provided by the Washington Post, plus see more of their Gardening Wisdom.

The Home and Garden Section from the Washington Post includes more gardening tips and how-to's. 

The New York Times writes about container gardening.


Local Pick-Your-Own Farms & Nurseries


The Maryland Cooperative Extension provides lists of various local farms and nurseries:


Gardening Programs at the Library, 2014

flower gardens 

Master Gardener Plant Clinics Available Through September.

The Master Gardeners from Montgomery County Cooperative Extension will offer their highly popular plant clinics.  Bring your ailing plants or any other gardening questions for expert advice.  Free.  No registration required.

Davis Library
Saturdays, April through September
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Gaithersburg Library
Saturdays, March through September
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Germantown Library
Wednesdays, May through September
6:15 PM to 7:45 PM

Quince Orchard Library
Saturdays, May through September
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Twinbrook Library
Saturdays, April through September
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Wheaton Library
Saturdays, March through September
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Sundays, March through September
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Plant Clinics are also held in other parts of the county.  See the schedule at the Montgomery County Master Gardeners' website.


Brookside Gardens


National Cherry Blossom Festival




Featured Books

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To Eat - Joe Eck; Wayne Winterrowd; Beatrice Tosti di Valminuta (Contribution by); Bobbi Angell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374278328
Publication Date: 2013-06-11
A memorable book about the path food travels from garden to tableA celebration of life together, a tribute to an utterly unique garden, a wonderfully idiosyncratic guide for cooks and gardeners interested in exploring the possibilities of farm-to-table living- To Eat is all of these things and more.

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Outdoor Crafts - Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
ISBN: 9781465408242
Publication Date: 2013-04-15
A collection of fun, beautiful projects that children can make and do outside, Outdoor Crafts incorporates natural materials that children can find in their backyard, or that they've grown themselves in a garden or pot.

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What's Wrong with My Fruit Garden? - David Deardorff; Kathryn Wadsworth
ISBN: 9781604693584
Publication Date: 2013-12-31
It's the question most commonly heard in every garden: what's wrong with my...? One of the most challenging parts of the garden--the delicious yet disease-prone fruit garden. What's Wrong With My Fruit Garden? offers a path toward a healthy garden packed with fresh fruit.

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Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening - Carol Wall
ISBN: 9780399157981
Publication Date: 2014-03-04
"In this profoundly moving memoir, Owita teaches Wall how to find grace amid heartbreak and to accept that beauty exists because it is fleeting;as in her garden, as in life."

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The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener - Tammi Hartung
ISBN: 9781612120553
Publication Date: 2013-12-31
This one-of-a-kind book shows you how to create a peaceful co-existence between your vegetable garden and the wildlife who consider it part of their habitat. By understanding and working with the surrounding environment - instead of continually fighting it - you'll reap a larger harvest with much less stress and effort.


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