The Mesa County Libraries Discovery Garden has a new sign!
The sign, which faces Fifth Street near Chipeta Avenue, is built of steel and wood in a rustic design that evokes the feel of a country garden in a city setting.
Library staff designed the sign, which was then built and generously donated by All Metals Welding and Fabrication Co. of Grand Junction. Volunteers installed the sign Aug. 12.
The new sign identifies the Discovery Garden as a unique project of Mesa County Libraries. The library, along with numerous partner organizations and volunteers, envisions the garden as a place for learning and growing.
The garden occupies a ¼-block patch of library land at Fifth and Chipeta. It includes interactive and demonstrative gardens that model a variety of gardening techniques, including xeric, raised bed, in-ground farming, pollinator, seed-saving, and permaculture design. It hosts a children’s garden with a fanciful “bookworm” raised-bed planter, as well as a hoop house that can extend growing seasons in spring and fall. The garden’s goal is to promote nutrition literacy, keep up with the needs of the community, and uphold pesticide-free, permaculture-focused methods that help conserve water and build healthy soil.
We invite the public to visit the garden (it’s open from sunrise to sunset) and see what’s growing there!
We also are seeking volunteers to help in the garden. Anyone interested in volunteering in the Discovery Garden should contact Mesa County Libraries’ volunteer coordinator, Kelsey Sprys, at 970-683-2432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.