Essex Garden Club Partnerships
Essex Library Programs:
- The Garden Club donated funds to the Essex Library Adult Programs for garden-related programs that are open to the public. The cost of the programs was shared by the Essex Library. The first program was presented in the winter by Barbara Pearson of White Flower Farm who spoke about new varieties of plants for 2016. Over 70 people attended the program. She brought many examples of the plants which were raffled off to the attendees at the end of her presentation. Due to the popularity of that program, she returned in April to present another excellent program on Container Trends and the Best New Container Varieties. More than 80 people attended this, and once again she brought several examples of the plants and raffled them off to attendees.
- In addition to supporting adult programs, the Garden Club donated funds for the purchase of gardening books for the library. The Club selected the books that were purchased through the Library.
- Funds were also donated to the Essex Library Children's Services for programming and books. The Library hosted the Denison Nature Center in July when an interactive program on pollination was presented to about 50 participants and included visual, auditory and tactile props. The children were engaged in playing a pollination game, and each child dissected a plant specimen so that they could better understand the internal functions of the plant and see how pollinators like bees and butterflies keep plants healthy. The Library also bought some informational books for children on gardening, pollination and helpful garden insects.
- Each Tuesday, the Garden Club supplies the Essex Library with a floral arrangement.
Ivoryton Library Programs:
- Planted terrarium gardens with the Children's Storytime group. The program was accompanied by the book "Jack's Garden" by Henry Cole.
- In collaboration with the Children's Summer Reading Events Program, various outdoor activities were provided through the Library. The children created projects to take home using natural materials and also enjoyed the experience of planting, harvesting and preparing what they grew in the garden.
Periodicals, DVDs and Books Donated to the Essex and Ivoryton Libraries
Apples of Uncommon Character - Rowan Jacobson
The Curious Garden - Peter Brown
Little Tree - Loren Long
Finding Spring - Carin Berger
Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Experiments to Learn, Gorw, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy your Garden (Hands-On Family) - Renata Fosen Brown
Great Natives for Tough Places - Niall Dunne
Terrariums - Mari Colletti
Grow a Little Fruit Tree - Ann Ralph
The Cardboard Box Book - Sarah Powell
If You Plant a Seed - Kadir Nelson
Garden to Table: A Kid's Guide to Planting, Crowing, and Preparing Food - Catherine Hengel
The Art of Gardening - R. William Thomas
The Magical World of Moss Gardening - Annie Martin
The High Line - James Corner
Organic Life Magazine