The great Roman scholar, Cicero, said “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” This June, the Southwood Library and Forest Lawn Library will put this theory to the test as they launch their community gardens.
Community members of all ages have come together at these two libraries to plan and dream about how to transform strips of vacant lawn into rich, vibrant gardens that build both community and a healthier ecosystem.
At Forest Lawn Library, the “Encana Book’n Worms Community Garden” will be created and have 25 plots and a welcoming community space with benches, programs space and stepping stones decorated by community members. The motto for their garden is “rooted in community”. It will be launched on June 21st.
At Southwood Library, the community has designed and named “Encana Common Ground Community Garden” as a place to come together with approximately 35 plots, a gathering/event space, benches and a composting system. The garden will be open to all to share, to learn, to sit and ponder, and, most of all, to grow. The garden will be launched on June 23rd.
The community gardens are presented by Encana and being developed with the support of the Calgary Horticultural Society’s Community Gardens Resource Network and the City of Calgary Parks Department. The Encana Community Gardens are a Calgary Public Library centennial initiative designed to foster a healthier future for our communities.
Plans for the Encana Book 'n Worms Community Garden at Forest Lawn Library
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”