Top point: The butterfly and bees’ teaching garden was not initially considered a public library, but both are now being visited regularly.
Those insects do not need to see the new “bee kinder for lenders” on Elm Road in the garden to get milk and other flowering plants.
According to librarian Mark Taylor, I hope the sign will help the community to focus on beds that are currently flooded with pollen and vegetables. Despite the extreme heat and inconsistent rain during the summer, tomatoes, eggs, and blueberries are still visible in the raised beds.
“It was a great year,” says Taylor. “I must say this is my best year ever. He clicked everything. I still think it’s a small opportunity. I do not promise that every gardening I do is right or wrong. I think this was a great year for many vegetables.
A nearby sign The teaching garden is rich in resources, including the World Monarch butterfly, which was certified by the North American Butterfly Association and was listed as a dangerous species in 2013.
As I read an article about another library by the director of the library, Mary Singing, the butterfly garden is certified by the association.
“I can look at him and do that,” said Sismore.
Sismore and Taylor were among the local librarians who examined what was required to obtain national certification. They quickly realized that it was growing in the garden, and Taylor and his former co-worker, who shared his passion for gardening. They started planting sunflowers in 2014. With the construction of a library, the first teaching garden was to be moved in 2018.
The Covenant-19 epidemic last year caused further disturbances in the school garden. This year, everyone in the garden learned that a new top layer had been added with additional axes and fertilizers, Taylor said. In the spring, strawberries are a good addition to attracting butterflies and bees.
More emperor butterflies were visiting the teaching ground with many more bees during this time, Taylor said. Next year, the library will include a beehive donated by a local volunteer to take care of the garden, Taylor said.
The 1,800 Food Security Fund grant from the Great High Point Food Alliance helped to monitor the amount of food donated to community food warehouses and to pay for the purchase of educational materials on plants and pollen.
Carl Weirling, executive director of the Food Coalition, said Taylor’s creative and innovative approach showed urban gardeners could do this anywhere.
“Learning how to grow your own plants will teach you about gardening,” says Weirling. “There are many victories here. Another thing I feel is very important in this case, it shows where the value of the library comes from to the community. It’s more than books, it’s about education and society. Our library is not only a traditional library, it does a great job of doing other things and that is a value added only to our community.
Some of the products produced by the teacher’s garden have been used by other agencies after the YWCA High Point Teaching Kitchen, West End Ministers, Three Health Care Project and D-Up after school programs.