The Library is happy to announce that it was awarded a $40,000 grant from the California State Library to create what we are calling SmartGarden - a demonstration garden that teaches the importance of native plants and the necessity of water management. SmartGarden will demonstrate multiple components of water management (harvesting water from the Library's roof, creating rain gardens, diverting and purifying water through different methods) and contain at least six "story" beds (raised beds with an educational purpose or "story" with themes like native edibles, dye plants, or pollinator garden). The SmartGarden will be an enhancement to the existing Peter Dreyfus Garden area outside the Friends book sale.
We plan to have conceptual design created in early-September to present to the Parks & Recreation Commission. After that, we will hold a public meeting to get your input about other details of the garden.
The SmartGarden, as much as possible, will be developed "by" and function "for" the community. We need your help to make this project successful. Please sign up here to receive information about meeting dates, workshops, and volunteer opportunities.
For more information, contact Kristen Clark.