Posts Categorized: TPL Gardens

Signs of Spring

ARE WE THERE YET? Ok, ok.  It’s been a long winter.  As we approach March-end with temperatures still averaging in the mid thirties, the snow is melting.  We promise! We may not force the snow to disappear any faster, but the Garden Committee is dedicated to making this the best launch ever of the gardening season! … Read more »

Bird feeder Activity

WINTER IN THE GARDEN Bird Feeder Activity Day February 15, 2014 DIY bird feeder made out of toilet paper rolls and garden twine . Hanging edible bird feeders.  Each was made with a birdseed/flour mixture and left to harden. Volunteers making popcorn garland to hang in the trees and bushes. Volunteer rolling the toilet paper… Read more »

Celebrate the Great Maine Outdoor weekend with us!

Bring your family to enjoy the outdoors and connect with nature this winter right here at the Topsham Public Library… Saturday, February 14th-16th is the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend and we are hosting two events on Saturday the 15th: From 9:15 on will be a hands-on exploration and identification of the trees along the library’s… Read more »

National Seed Swap Day

Did you know that there is a National Seed Swap day?  There is!  It’s the last Saturday of January every year.  Check out this link to learn more:National Seed Swap Day   Although the date has come and gone, it’s never too late to do a little seed swapping.  If you’re ready for some spring-time… Read more »

Winter Garden Fun

Are you finding yourself longing for green garden views during these cold and snowy Maine days?  There’s no reason why your garden can’t be a fun and inviting space during the winter months.   We’ve put together a collection of fun ideas to help overcome the winter doldrums. Build Snow Animals:  The National Wildlife Federation Kids… Read more »


This past Saturday, Bernardo and I spent more time trying to distinguish between American and Oriental Bittersweet than actually ridding the garden of it.  Needless to say, we left most of it in place but pulled some down off of of a small tree to prevent any future harm, and to provide an up-close photo… Read more »


HORSEWEED I spent a little over an hour on Saturday pulling just one type of weed from the birdsong garden.  The weather was beautiful and there was a pleasant wind which made weeding less a chore.  This is a common weed known as Horseweed and can grow in almost any area of your garden. The… Read more »

Secret Life of Insects

See what’s buzzing at the Topsham Public Library Click the images to see closeups.  Butterfly on purple liatris  Bumblebee on white liatris  Moth hiding in a yellow lily Great Golden Digger Wasps and a Japanese Beetle share a Purple Globe Thistle   Japanese Beetle on purple coneflower (Echinacea) The white dot that appears on the back… Read more »

Patterns in Nature

The patterns that can be found in nature are just amazing.  Here’s a quick video to give you a sense… Would you like to find out what patterns you can discover?  Join us on the 20th at 1pm for the last in our nature journaling series: Patterns in Nature.Hope to see you then!

Phenology Resources

If you missed the Phenology Nature Journaling workshop and are interested in learning more, please check out our nature journaling resources page as well as our activity download page.   If you have tried any of our activities, we’d love to hear from you!  Share with us how you used them, any suggestions you may… Read more »