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Annual Gigantic Rummage Sale – Feb. 26-27 8am-3pm

Donations appreciated starting Jan, 5, 2021: garden items, tools, books, bedding, sports gear, kitchenware, DVD’s, baskets, collectibles, vases, picture frames, gently worn clothing or shoes. Please make sure all items are CLEAN, ready to be sold. Donation forms will be available at the Garden Center.

No TV’s, paint, cleaning products, fertilizers or pesticides, chemicals or solvents, open or used makeup, used bed pillows.

Garden Shop Open 9:30-2:30 M-F

Dreaming of next year’s garden? We have beautiful bulbs for you to plant now and seeds to inspire your garden next year! We have an amazing selection of gardening books for sale, many ideas for Southwest gardening, foraging, or just identifying what you see on the trail. We have tools and gifts for the gardener, as well as Holiday items that have just come in such as Talavera ornaments. All purchases support the Council of Albuquerque Garden Clubs educational gardens & programs and are tax free. Hope to see you soon

Library Book Club – Get Involved!

Meetings are generally held on the first Monday (unless there’s a holiday) at 4:00 pm.

What we’re reading now. For details on the books below follow the “READ MORE” tag. Contact BotanicalBooksABQ@gmail.com for more information and the Zoom link.

11 January: The Plant Messiah, Carlos Magdalena

1 February: Demons in Eden: the Paradox of Plant Diversity, Jonathan Silvertown

1 March: Sproutlands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees, William Bryant Logan

5 April AND 3 May: The Story of Corn, Betty Fussell

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Gardening as a Panacea – Janet Herbst

Taking a few hours away from the news sounded like a really good plan. Complying with Coronavirus personal responsibility requested by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention meant that choices for what to do for those hours needed thought.

Okay: only take-out food so no meeting a friend for lunch. Go to the grocery store? Firstly, not fun. Secondly, go there only when necessary. There is food in the house.  Take a walk? Yes. Wish there was more tree canopy and shrubs to look at in the neighborhood. Gravel is so boring and heat reflective. Tree shade, green bushes would be much more pleasant. What about a walk in the yard? Primely doable. Recommendable for so many reasons. In a meta-analysis of the topic published in Preventive Medicine Reports (March 2017), Masashi Soga, Kevin J. Gaston, and Yuichi Yamaura conclude, “Overall, the results suggest that participating in gardening activities has a significant positive impact on health. Indeed, the positive association with gardening was observed for a wide range of health outcomes, such as reductions in depression and anxiety symptoms, stress, mood disturbance, and BMI, as well as increases in quality of life, sense of community, physical activity levels, and cognitive function. “

That walk in the yard resulted in over 3 miles of steps (who doesn’t carry a smart phone in their pocket when in the yard?). From the shed to the garage and back again rearranging, cleaning, doing visual inventory, making mental list for a foray to the plant nursery. Guess what? Turns out local nurseries are open! A good portion of those stores is outside: there is plenty of space between shoppers! Nature does not have a halt button and neither do I.  Now I have a plan and a purpose when I need a sanity break. Happy gardening! https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211335516301401

NM Cactus & Succulent Society Meetings

The Cactus and Succulent Society of New Mexico meets the third Friday of most months in the Patio Room of the Garden Center.  Educational and entertaining presentations usually begin at about 7:45 p.m.  Visitors are welcome.  Please join us to learn more about these fascinating plants, or just enjoy the beautiful pictures of plants and places many of us will never have the opportunity to visit.

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