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Growing A Greener World

By Gardening Tips, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Organic

Check out these videos produced by Growing a Greener World. You might start with the one on Community Gardening. Or check out one of their shows on Rooftop Farming in Brooklyn: lots of interesting ideas on increasing production in limited space.

Growing a Greener World® is an award-winning TV show appearing on national Public Television that features organic gardening, green living and farm-to-table cooking. Each episode focuses on compelling and inspirational people making a positive impact on the planet through gardening and shares DIY information that we can all use at home. Currently in it’s fourth season, this gardening series covers everything from edible gardening, urban homesteading and hobby farming to seasonal cooking, canning and preserving the harvest.


More Butterflies!

By Community Events, Gardening Tips, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Outdoor Learning Center

We had another strong turnout for the last of our four education classes in the winter/spring cycle.  Pamela Winther, Lafayette resident, Landscape Architect and Adjunct Professor at DVC taught us all about butterfly gardens and the beauty and delight they bring.  We learned the best plants to grow, what conditions they need to flourish and more.

But before Pam taught the adults, kids had some more butterfly magic courtesy of the Lafayette Library and Learning  Center.  They each made their own butterfly and left with their own milkweed plant to put in the garden.

The new summer class schedule will be posted shortly.  In the meantime, enjoy the slide show.


Bye, Bye Butterfly Party at the Library!

By Community Events, Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Presented by Ginny Golden

Thursday, April 25, 2013 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Children’s Room

Bye, Bye Butterfly Party!!

Designed for: All Ages, Kids (5-11)

Our caterpillars have their wings! Come celebrate at our Butterfly Party as we release our new butterflies in the Lafayette Library’s garden! Come dressed in your butterfly wings and join us for crafts, cookies and lemonade!


Science Cafe – Plants, Perfumes, and Poisons – May 1

By Community Events, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, News & Events

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Community Hall | Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Science Cafe – Plants, Perfumes, and Poisons

Curious about what makes a stinking hellebore stinky? What makes leaves turn color in fall? Organic chemist Dr. Margareta (Greti) Sequin, author, plant enthusiast and Lecturer Emerita at San Francisco State University comes to the LLLC to talk about the plants we love, and the things we love about them – like their scents, oils and colors. She’ll share her vast knowledge of California native flora and their pleasing and poisonous properties.

Dr. Sequin will lead us on a virtual, photo-illustrated walk around the vicinity of the Lafayette Library and surrounding nature areas to explore the smells and defensive substances of native plants. Plants are masters at defense, in the form of tough skins, thorns, or sharp spines, but also in the form of bitter saps, sticky resins, or poisons that can harm. We will look at plants that contain defensive substances and examine their molecular structures….no previous chemistry knowledge required! We’ll also explore the connections with human uses of these plant substances, such as commercial fragrances or medicines.

More information here.