Learn. Act. Grow.
The library’s community garden is our award-winning project to cultivate plants–and people–through gardening! It’s a collaboration of people working together to grow healthy local foods, encourage learning, and provide fruits and vegetables to citizens in need. The garden has 12 raised beds, pots with flowers and herbs, and a shade garden with books, benches, and music to enjoy reading and nature.
The library is partnering with Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service and Director George Place to host the 2nd year of the Advanced Gardener Series, winner of “Best Adult Library Program” in North Carolina in 2016. The program is integral to Catawba County’s Farm and Food Sustainability Plan and an active and exciting way to learn new garden skills, act to support local community gardens, and grow a healthy community.
The Advanced Gardener Series offers prizes, tee shirts, an advanced certificate, and hands on time in local gardens, including our very own community garden at the library.
The program kicks off in January, with these topics each month:
January: Brocoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage & More
February: Gardening with Chickens
March: Delicious Roots & Shoots
April: The Big 4 of Every Garden
May: Everything Herbs
June: Cukes, Squash, Melons, Pumpkins & More
July: Beans, Peas, & DIY Fertilizer
August: Grains and Your Garden
September: Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Asparagus & More
October: Leafy Greens & Garden Perennials
November: Berries & Fruit in Your Garden
Main Library in Newton: Third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 -7:30 pm
Maiden Branch Library: Fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30 -7:30 pm
Hickory Public Library: Second Thursday of each month from 6-7 pm
Ask us about how you can be involved in our library community garden. Call April Green at 828-466-8668, or email April.