January 2017: Creative Resolutions

View of Thornhill by May Watts
View of Thornhill by May T. Watts

“Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest will take care of itself.”

--Elizabeth Gilbert



January is a time for self-reflection and new beginnings. We think about the year that’s passed while imagining how we will be our best selves in the year to come. Along with the perennial resolutions of eating healthier foods and getting more exercise, many of us hope that we will take time for ourselves to explore, learn, and create. Creativity comes in many forms, from literature and architecture to landscape design, woodworking, and paper collage. May the materials below provide inspiration, no matter what you hope to make this year.


At the Arboretum

Jumpstart your creativity with classes at the Arboretum!

American Historic Home Garden Design Workshop

Seed Saving Workshop

Beginner’s Nature Drawing Workshop

Night Photography

This is only a sampling of the classes offered at the Arboretum this winter... find more classes here!



“Imagine starting your life’s work at seventy-two. At just that age, Mary Granville Pendarves Delany... a fan of George Frideric Handel, a sometime dinner partner of satirist Jonathan Swift, a wearer of green-hooped satin gowns and a fiercely devoted subject of blond King George III, invented a precursor of what we know as collage. One afternoon in 1772 she noticed how a piece of colored paper matched the dropped petal of a geranium. After making that vital imaginative connection between paper and petal, she lifted the eighteenth century equivalent of an X-Acto blade… With the instrument alive in her still rather smooth-skinned hand, she began to maneuver, carefully cutting the exact geranium petal shape from the scarlet paper. Then she snipped out another.” --Molly Peacock, The Paper Garden: An Artist [Begins her Life’s Work] at 72


Library Resources

The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock

New Treehouses of the World by Pete Nelson

All New Square Foot Gardening: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less Space by Mel Bartholomew

The Soul of a Tree: A Woodworker’s Reflections by George Nakashima

In the Garden: Blooming Stories edited by John and Kirsten Miller


Resources for Young Readers

Hidden Stories in Plants: Unusual and Easy-To-Tell Stories From Around the World, Together with Creative Things to Do While Telling Them by Anne Pellowski

Sunflower Houses: Garden Discoveries for Children of All Ages by Sharon Lovejoy

Kids’ Container Gardening: Year-Round Projects for Inside and Out by Cindy Krezel and Bruce Curtis*

Organic Crafts: 75 Earth-Friendly Art Activities by Kimberly Monaghan*


*Access the Library’s e-books by entering the number on the back of your Sterling Morton Library card