Ready for a dose of spring? Get it on Sunday, March 5, when a trip to the library means getting a jump on the growing season and learning how to make your yard more beautiful, sustainable and better for wildlife.
During the program Think Spring, which is planned from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, families are invited to visit with a number of area nature-related organizations and do lots more besides.
The event kicks off the library's spring series, Creating a Hard Road Native Corridor, scheduled to coincide with the end of the Hard Road widening project and the start of the spring planting season. You can find out more about the series, which includes sessions led by master gardeners, landscape designers and naturalists and a work day during which you're eligible for free plants, shrubs and trees, thanks to a Columbus Audubon grant.
Other activities include:
• Under the supervision of Columbus Audubon representatives, children can make simple feeder logs or construct nesting boxes -- for bluebirds, swallows and more.
• Members of the Worthington Hills Garden Club will have mini-terrariums for children to plant as well as easy-to-grow seeds that will provide food for butterflies.
• Want to know which plants will attract birds, pollinators and other wildlife to your yard? Find out from Franklin County Master Gardeners and representatives from Dawes Arboretum, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, Wild Ones and the Ohio Invasive Plant Council.
• Find out how you can qualify for rebates on rain barrels, compost bins or trees from representatives from the Columbus GreenSpot program.
Think Spring is planned in partnership with Friends of the Sawmill Wetlands. Members will provide updates on the status of the wetlands and talk about upcoming programs.
Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.