Young minds have a unique new space to take root, grow and blossom. The St. Louis County Library Foundation has opened its first reading garden adjacent to the Samuel C. Sachs Branch of St. Louis County Library in Chesterfield.
The Jai Nagarkatti Monsanto Company Reading Garden sits on 1.25 acres between the Samuel C. Sachs Branch and the Chesterfield Amphitheater. It was designed to provide an open air space for people of all ages to enjoy quiet reading, programs or the beauty of nature. The garden, which was designed by SWT Design, includes a water feature, native plantings, a pollinator garden, seating and a foot bridge. A shade structure is scheduled to be installed at a later date. Families can also sit and read in quiet nooks. Space will be provided for larger groups, concerts, guest speakers, story times and more.
Land for the project was donated by the late Louis Sachs, a local businessman and philanthropist. Naming rights were procured by the Monsanto Company and by Susan Nagarkatti to honor her husband, the late Jai Nagarkatti, a chemist and businessman.
The reading garden is the first "brick and mortar" project sponsored by the St. Louis County Library Foundation, which was formed in 1999 to raise support and funds for the library.
Samuel C. Sachs Branch is located at 16400 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield, MO, 63017.