- *New this week* Spring Clear with Downsizing Diva (Thurs May 21 from 7 to 8 p.m.): join Arlene to find out how simple changes can make a huge impact in your home and get inexpensive and creative tips on decluttering and downsizing. Register online now; presented by Newmarket Public Library.
- *New this week* NPL's Online Gardening Club (Thurs May 21 at 3 p.m.): in this online live session presented by the Newmarket Public Library, the participants will discuss which perennials, annuals and vegetables grow well in our climate, while sharing great gardening tips and advice.
- *New this week* Kids Gardening: this website creates opportunities for kids to learn and grow through gardening, engaging their natural curiosity and wonder. They have a free monthly newsletters that's full of hands-on activities, lesson plans, and inspiration.
- *New this week* 20 Tips of Gardening with Dogs
- *New this week* Spot the Bird: play a game of "I Spy" outdoors.
- Krukenhof Garden, Netherlands: get inspired by the full blooms of tulips in one of the world's largest gardens. Follow this 20 minute walking tour on the grounds, or pause to enjoy a musical performance by violinist Rosanne Philippens at sunrise, with sonate No.5 by the Belgian violinist composer Eugene Ysaÿe.
- Istanbul's International Tulip Festival: did you know that the reason the Netherlands has so many tulips is because of the Tulip mania? They were originally imported from the Ottoman Istanbul during the Dutch Golden Age when it was fashionable to have these exotic flowers. However, skyrocket prices of tulips eventually ended in a crash in February of 1637.
- Container Gardening: Ian Cooke is a world-renowned horticulturist and has observed plants across 50 countries and received numerous awards from the Royal Horticultural Society in England.
- How to Make a No-Dig Garden: Morag Gamble's Method for Simple Abundance.
- Attract Butterflies with Native Plants in Eastern Canada: gardening with plants native to your area is a great way to support local biodiversity. They provide seeds and berries for birds and energy-rich nectar and protein-filled pollen for insects, like bees and butterflies. Native plants are also adapted to local climate and soils, so generally require less care and watering, courtesy of David Suzuki Foundation.
- Backyard Scavenger Hunt: ideas for kids but also for the young-at-heart to get them outside the house.
- Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Area: online Learning Centre to with family at play outdoor ideas and at home learning.
- Dog Grooming by OSPC: How to bath and brush your dog.
- Birds and Words learn-at-home: Learn about the artwork of Will Gorlitz, try the activities and click on the interactive activities in the Calm Corner section.
- 10 tips to clean your home quickly and effectively.
- 38 Creative Clothes Storage Solutions for Small Spaces.
- How to groom your dog with clippers.
- Enjoy the technicolour blooms at Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, one of the world's largest flower gardens situated in the town of Lisse, in the Netherlands. See this short video or explore it yourself through the 360 virtual tour.
- Tour the Dubai Miracle Garden, the largest flower garden in the world.
- 10 Most Beautiful Butterflies in the World by 4 Ever Green.
- See butterflies fly in slow motion at the Houston Butterfly Museum flying in slow motion.
- Spring Cleaning Checklist by House & Home
- The Beauty of Pollination
- How to trim your pet's nails by OSPCA.
- Many free webinars are available
for sign-up. Check out the Events Calendar by Toronto Regional Conservation Authority (TRCA)
- Enjoy nature’s opera!
- Attract birds to your
yard and save money by making a simplebird feeder.
- 50 House & Homes spring decorating ideas
- Unexpected decorating moves to wake up your home from House &
verses and poetry about springtime by Owlcation.
- Check out the planting dates for Newmarket area according to the
- Top 20 Recipes for Spring Time by BBC Good Food
- 10 Tips to up your Egg-decorating Game by Getcracking.ca
- Spring 2020 Desktop Wallpaper designs by Smashing Magazine
- Get crafty with Easter-themed activities:
Colouring sheets and
DIY Crafts by Crayola
- Gardening: Get Your Gardening Tips from Mark Cullen
here or find out what you can be doing in April to prep your lawns, gardens and baskets for a great, healthy summer garden season
- The Forest of Reading is doing a series of read-aloud by Canadian authors. Here is an extra special one from Marie-Louise Gay, whose inspiring quote is featured in our children's department.
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