The Prairie Commons Branch of the St. Louis County Library is getting 20 community gardens. The gardens are a partnership between the library and Gateway Greening and provide for garden-related programming and activities.
Prairie Commons is the first of several libraries to install gardens. Cliff Cave Branch will also have community gardens installed on its grounds.
"The St. Louis County Library is happy to partner with Gateway Greening on the first of what we hope will be many future projects of a similar nature," said Charles Pace, St. Louis County Library director. "Part of the mission of the library is to be an educational institution, and we hope to demonstrate the value of urban agriculture and gardening to the communities we serve. We are excited about the potential of our new community garden and look forward to the future success of this initiative."
Twenty raised garden beds and a 500-square-foot butterfly garden are being install at Prairie Commons Branch on Saturday, March 23. In addition to renting out the gardens, library staff will manage one bed, donating produce it grows to a local food pantry. All of the beds have been rented for the 2013 season.