WESTFIELD, NJ - On Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present “An Armchair Art Tour: Eternal Spring” and on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 1:30 p.m., “Backyard Gardening" will be presented. The Library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Eternal Spring will be presented by Michael Norris, PhD, who was an art educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for many years. Through his talk, audience members will be able to wander vicariously through fabulous private gardens, from ancient to medieval. He will discuss the art and plants of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and its branch museum, the Cloisters.

Dr. Morris earned his BA in classics from the University of California at San Diego, and his MA in classics and Ph.D. in art history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spent twenty years at the Cloisters Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has lectured on trips all over the world.

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“Basics of Backyard Gardening: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started” will be presented by Karen Camden. She will cover the whole gardening process including planning the garden, what to grow, what kind of soil is needed, and the right tools for the job. At the end of the class, there will be a question and answer session.

Ms. Camden is a frequent speaker at the library who gives computer classes and workshops on organizing, repurposing, kitchen gardens and sewing. She is the President of Camden Associates, a consulting firm that provides services in Communications and People Skills, Organizational Assessments and Clutter Control.

The programs are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check our website to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908-789-4090 option 0.


Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The library will be closed Monday, February 15 for Presdents' Day.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”