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Archive for March, 2010

Civil War historian and avocational archaeologist Ron Cleveland will be discussing Civil War artifacts and the process used to locate, excavate and preserve them on Wednesday, April 7 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring in artifacts of their own for identification.

Stop in now and take a look at Ron’s fascinating display of relics he has unearthed from battlegrounds.  These items and more will be on display when Ron returns from a dig near Brandy Station, Virginia–site of the largest cavalry battle during the Civil War.

Those with an abiding interest in the Civil War may also wish to utilize the library’s specialized Art Geyer Civil War collection for their researches into this captivating period of American history.  http://www.milfordlibrary.info/about/Civil_War_Collection.htm

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Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s major yearly fund-raising event. It offers communities an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Some 3.5 million people participated last year to help end the disease.

Because animals are not allowed at the  Milford High School event  for safety reasons, Milford is sponsoring the Bark For Life of Milford/Highland.  The American Cancer Society Bark For LifeTM is a noncompetitive one mile walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.

Stop in at the Library and check out the month-long display featuring some very cute dog faces.

To sign up for the Walk on Sunday, April 18th at Kensington Park or for the Relay for Life Walk on May 1-2 at Milford High School, go to www.relayforlife.org/milfordmi.

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Almost Gardening Season!

With this week’s sunrays beating down, I can almost see my lawn now somewhat crushed under the weight of the melting snow.  Hard to believe that in a few short weeks, I’ll be clearing out the beds and anxiously waiting for the first crocuses to appear signaling the start of the garden season. While I still have a little time before getting out my garden cart and tools, I love to imagine all the possibilities of this year’s flower garden. So to get inspired, I turn to some of my favorite garden books here at the library.

As any perennial gardener knows, keeping color in the garden throughout the season is a huge challenge. Check out Succession Planting for Year Round Pleasure by Christopher Lloyd for some great ideas on keeping those borders looking lively all season. P. Allen Smith, author of Colors for the Garden, also has advice on making your garden beds look like a living art show. Of course, keeping perennials looking neat is a hard task too so take a look at the Well-Tended Perennial Garden by Tracey DiSabato-Aust for keeping those plants tidy.

If you are thinking of adding or changing the look of your beds and borders, now is the time to plan.  Check out Great Garden Designs by Tim Newbury or the sumptuously photographed Garden Masterclass by John Brookes and The Well-Designed Mixed Garden by Tracey-DiSabot Aust.

The best luck I’ve had in growing plants are in using native plants. Take a look at Landscaping with Native Plants of Michigan by Lynn Steiner, The Best Garden Plants for Michigan by Tim Wood and  Month-by-Month Gardening in Michigan by James Fizzel.

One book you may want to take a look at is The No-Work Garden by Bob Flowerdew.  Well, there is some work involved but any ideas on reducing the time digging, pruning and weeding is well worth a peek.

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