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Giving Garden at Canton Branch Library

Located behind the Canton Branch Library, the Giving Garden is used to teach various aspects of gardening, including raised vegetable and flower beds, a raised raspberry bed, a wildflower pollinator garden, composting station, as well as a certified Monarch Waystation. The Giving Garden is an education-oriented joint initiative of the Haywood County Public Library, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Haywood County Center, and the Extension Master℠ Gardener program of Haywood County. For more information on the Canton Giving Garden and how you can get involved, contact the Canton Branch Library at (828) 356-2561.

Sing in a garden

Riverbend Elementary School Garden

Riverbend Elementary and the Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers demonstrate a commitment to introducing young minds to the joys of gardening, the deliciousness of healthy eating, and importance of environmental stewardship through the school garden program. In the garden, Master Gardeners teach two, six-week sessions per year to 1st graders in the spring semester and 2nd graders in the fall. Teachers, administrators, and parent and guardian volunteers participate with the students to encourage the students to take what they learn back into the classroom and into their homes.

Classes from all grades are also invited to use the garden as a classroom venue, and community neighbors often visit the garden after school to ask questions of the Master Gardeners. The garden itself occupies approximately 1/8 of an acre behind the school. Master Gardeners maintain 17 beds of vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs, with new plantings twice a year–all to make sure something is growing from spring through fall for the garden lessons, for the benefit of pollinators, and for the education and enjoyment of all.

Junaluska Elementary School Garden

Information coming soon!