BELFAST – The Belfast Garden Club donated 22 new books to the community this year, expanding its library book donation program to include schools in the area for the first time.
“It’s the hard work of our 100+ members and the generosity of our community that allows us to give back in this way,” said President Barb Gage, in a press release from The Garden Club. “The donation of books to schools aligns with our goal of fostering knowledge and love of nature and builds on our efforts to help support students in school gardens. “
Books donated to the Belfast Community Outreach Program in Education (BCOPE) will be used to kick off their project to become market gardeners in 2022. Six new books include topics on floriculture, companion planting, tools and techniques for the organic home. and market gardening, gardening in small spaces and books on growing flowers and vegetables. BCOPE’s goal is to have a self-sustaining garden that provides the school kitchen with produce as well as a surplus of produce that students and teachers can use at home.
East Belfast and Nickerson Elementary Schools also received two new books, The tree book for children and adultssand The curious garden, plus a check for $ 200 to purchase gardening tools for their new gardening program for younger students.
The Belfast Free Library received three new children’s books from authors such as Eric Carle, and on topics such as foraging with children and exploring the diversity of life through science activities. The 13 adult-oriented books cover a wide range of topics from garden design to allies of the garden (insects, birds and others) to the coming insect apocalypse, art in the garden and a book of bee identification. We even focus on creating felted flowers.
When asked to pick her favorites from such a range of topics, Book co-chair Astrid Bowlby chose The earth in his hands by Jennifer Jewell, and Co-Chair Mary Davis selected New Naturalism: Design and plant a resilient and ecologically dynamic family garden by Kelly D. Norris.
Check out the books (literally), which will be on display in the library until the end of January. A complete list of all donated books will be posted on the Club website.
Books and school garden projects aren’t the Belfast Garden Club’s only community contributions. He has also planted trees and thousands of flowers in 12 public gardens in the city and offers monthly horticultural and environmental programs open to all. Visit BelfastGardenClub.org to find out how to participate.