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An Early Glimpse of Green

Posted by Diana McFarland on January 21st, 2016

It’s cold and snowy outside, but there are plants growing at the library – in the fridge.

We are forcing 600 flower bulbs in the hopes of a burst of color inside during the icy muck of March.

They will be part of our Garden Sanctuary Collaboratory exhibit. It’s a grand experiment – we planted the bulbs in late November and early December. Crocuses, daffodils, and irises are beginning to send up shoots!


Planting the bulbs.


Spritzing the bulbs to keep them from drying out.

chilling in the fridge

Irises, tulips, and other bulbs chilling in the fridge, mimicking a season of cold and dark.

Fall Science Read – The Accidental Universe By Alan Lightman

Posted by Michael Gorzka on October 1st, 2015


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This year’s Fall Science Read is The Accidental Universe by Alan Lightman.

Wednesdays in October, 12:00 TO 1:15 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room


October 7
Professor Emeritus Guy Emery
Bowdoin College Physics Dept

October 14
Professor Scott Sehon
Bowdoin College Philosophy Dept

October 21
Alan Lightman via YouTube
Google Talk October 2014

October 28
Professor Robert Morrison
Bowdoin College Religion Dept

Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

And I think of the night-blooming cereus, a plant that looks like a leathery weed most of the year. But for one night each summer its flower opens to reveal silky white petals, which encircle yellow lacelike threads, and another whole flower like a tiny sea anemone within the outer flower. By morning, the flower has shriveled. One night of the year, as delicate and fleeting as a life in the universe.
— Alan Lightman, The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew

Ready to Garden? Visit the Curtis Seed Exchange

Posted by Michael Gorzka on April 24th, 2015

seed exchangeThe Seed Exchange is located on the second floor of the Library.

Help yourself to seeds you would like for your garden.

Donate any seeds that you would like to share.

Packets include enough seeds to plant in a square foot garden.

Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science and the Community Health Information Partnership (CHIP).


The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.
—Alfred Austin

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