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Friday, May 11, 2012

HoCo Library's Enchanted Garden at Miller Library dedicated tomorrow

     While the new Miller Library in Ellicott City opened last December the Enchanted Garden had to wait for this Spring to show off the garden that provides a unique element to the library. The dedication is tomorrow, Saturday May 12th at 1 p.m. The library's website describes the Enchanted Garden as:

"The Enchanted Garden is a sustainable, community-based teaching garden for all ages that serves as a venue for:

• Community health and wellness through physical activity and intergenerational connections

• Hands-on demonstrations and participation for all ages focusing on growing and eating healthy, local food


• Environmental science and nutrition education classes that will include sustainability topics to complement the building’s LEED certification features (such as the green roof, rain gardens, solar energy, and storm water management)


• Youth gardens; school gardens; community gardeners; families; and junior Master Gardener classes utilizing and maintaining planting areas


• Partnerships with county, state, local community and education organizations to provide expertise, support and instruction involving a natural, outdoor setting promoting healthy family activities
  
A quarter-acre parcel adjacent to the Children's area, the Enchanted Garden’s primary focus will be as a teaching garden.

The demonstration gardening area of the garden will feature a variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers planted in raised beds.   Come visit our Stir Fry Garden, Peter Rabbit Patch, Multisensory Garden, Herbal Apothecary Garden, and Pizza Garden to see what we have planted.


Children are more interested in eating vegetables and fruits when they participate in growing them.


Providing our children an environmental and nutritional education while instilling a love of nature is the best way to inspire them to be the stewards of our future. Garden design by Oasis Design Group and Live Green Landscape Associates, LLC.
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One aspect of the Garden is to teach,

"The demonstration gardening area of the garden will feature a variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers planted in raised beds.   Come visit our Stir Fry Garden, Peter Rabbit Patch, Multisensory Garden, Herbal Apothecary Garden, and Pizza Garden to see what we have planted. Children are more interested in eating vegetables and fruits when they participate in growing them."

P.S.
    Yesterday was the first day of the farmers market at the East Columbia Library.  While the season is young and there were only a few merchants it is another reminder of the coming of summer and fresh fruits and vegetables.
  I bought some fresh asparagus and garlic that was delicious sauteed together

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