On Wednesday Kazia and Merrilee delivered "Salad Themed" demo gardens to five regional libraries as part of the Garden in a Box community education component. Each demo garden contains tomato, cucumber, chard, and lettuce seedlings. The plants are grown with love from Marr Pond Farm in Sangerville and Ripley Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. Library visitors are encouraged to watch the gardens grow throughout the season and even (reasonably!) pinch off samples of lettuce to taste test once the plants are fully grown! Each library has a copy of the Garden in a Box binder to check out.
First stop: Abbot Memorial Library in Dexter!
Librarian Liz has set up a beautiful spring gardening themed display in conjunction with the Garden in a Box Resource Binder that you can ask for at the front desk. The demo garden is right outside the back entrance to the library.
Abbott Memorial Library is open Tuesday-Friday 9:30-6:00; Saturday 9:30-2:30; closed Sunday and Monday.
Second stop: Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft!
The Garden in a Box demo garden is near the front entrance at TFL. If you are inspired to grow your own veggies by the Demo Garden, step inside to check out the Garden in a Box Resource Binder AND the Thompson Free Seed Library right inside the front door!
Thompson Free Library is open Tuesday-Friday 9:00-5:00; Saturday 9:00-1:00; closed Sunday and Monday.
Stop three: Shaw Public Library in Greenville!
In addition to a Garden in a Box demo garden outside and a lovely garden book display inside, the Shaw Public Library boasts a new, incredible community garden space in the back yard. It's clear that community members in Greenville have been hard at work creating a beautiful growing space and we can't wait to see how your crops turn out!
Shaw Public Library is open Tuesday 10:00-2:00; Wednesday and Thursday 10:00-5:00; Friday 10:00-2:00; Saturday 10:00-1:00; closed Sunday and Monday.
Stop four: Monson Public Library!
Our next stop was Monson Public Library with a pit stop at Monson General Store for lunch! We had to stop by Monson while the library was closed, but we can't wait to hear about how the demo garden grows!
Monson Public Library is open Tuesday 12:30-4:30; Thursday 2:30-6:30; Saturday 10:00-2:00; closed Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Stop five: Guilford Memorial Library!
The Guilford demo garden blends right in with the stunning blooms and foliage outside the library entrance. We spent some time enjoying the flowers and watching some butterflies before checking out the fabulous gardening display table inside!
Guilford Memorial Library is open Wednesday 10:00-4:30; Thursday 10:00-6:30; Friday 10:00-4:30; Saturday 9:00-1:30; closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.
The Garden in a Box Program is brought to you by the Piscataquis Regional Food Center and UMaine Cooperative Extension of Piscataquis County and generously funded by the Quimby Family Foundation! Head over to https://www.prfoodcenter.org/garden-in-a-box to learn even more about the program.