Gardening

Whether you are new to plants or a cultivation expert, find resources to make your garden thrive this season.

Sustainable Gardening Series

Join us for a monthly speaker series to learn about sustainable home gardening and related topics in partnership with the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Josephine County Master Gardener Program.

During each session, a local expert will present on a different topic. Session locations rotate between all four library branches in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek.

Date

Library Branch

Topic

August 6 Grants Pass Oregon Native Plants
September 10 Williams Insects in the Garden
October 1 Grants Pass Mycorrhizal Fungi to Help Plants Grow
November 5 Wolf Creek Preserving Food from the Garden
December 10 Illinois Valley Garden Tool Maintenance

Home on the Range

Test your knowledge with this Smithsonian app and quiz yourself about plants, animals, and habitat ranges.

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How to BEE helpful

Learn more about the various ways to help promote a healthy bee population in your community.

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How to choose a houseplant

With so many to choose from, picking out a houseplant from a nursery can be overwhelming. Luckily, Creativebug is here to thoughtfully guide you through selecting plants that best suit your life. Login to Creativebug and type “gardening” into the search bar to start you free course.

Local resources

Josephine County Master Gardener Association
The trained Master Gardener volunteers extend sustainable gardening information to Josephine County through educational outreach programs.
Grants Pass Growers Market
Learn more about the Growers Market that has become a Saturday morning tradition in downtown Grants Pass.
Raptor Creek Farm
Learn about Josephine County Food Bank's Raptor Creek Farm and their programs including the senior garden and youth garden.

OSU Extension Service

OSU Extension Service
Search by gardening topics including pollinators, gardening techniques, and more. Ask questions via the Ask an Expert feature.
OSU Stay at Home Gardening
Stay at Home Gardening teaches all the gardening essentials from prepping soil, planting seeds, and even worm care! Their lessons and activities are designed for all ages so anyone can join in on the fun!
Master Gardeners program
Find out how to become a Master Gardener, view the calendar of upcoming virtual events, and more.

Resources for gardening with kids

Kids Gardening
Opportunities for kids to learn and grow through gardening, engaging their natural curiosity and wonder. Garden based activities, garden lesson plans, and growing inspiration blog. visit Kids Gardening
Ultimate gardening activities for kids
Find how-to guides, DIY craft ideas, science experiments, and plenty of ideas to get your garden up and running with the help of your little ones. visit gardening activities for kids
Rock gardening with kids
Liven up your backyard with these fun rock garden ideas for kids. Simple step-by-step directions and ideas to get your rock garden started. Visit Rock gardening with kids
Bees for Kids
Check out a bee-themed nutrition and garden environmental education activity packet developed at Oregon State University by the Oregon Bee Project and Food Hero. Explore bees for kids