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The Mesa County Libraries Discovery Garden project is a series of interactive and demonstrative gardens that provides education, food, respite, and community engagement. Our 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.
A variety of gardening techniques are modeled, including xeric, raised bed, in-ground farming, pollinator, seed-saving, and permaculture design. The Discovery Garden is by the community and for the community!
About the Discovery Garden
The Discovery Garden, occupying library-owned ground at Fifth Street and Chipeta Avenue in Grand Junction, is a place where volunteers and organizations create and maintain a beautiful space for learning and growing. The space can be used for people to gather for educational programs, events, and workshops.
Plans include a variety of demonstration gardens, a children’s garden, a community food plot, a food forest/uncommon fruit orchard, a pollinator garden, a seed house, a shade pavilion, benches, a shed, and a compost facility.
The Discovery Garden does not offer gardening plots to individuals. Instead, the garden is a designated space for quiet relaxation and general enjoyment where people of the community can pick their own food and experience educational programs.
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Once a CSU community garden, then a vacant lot, now a field of potential. In the past year this plot of land has seen some fantastic progress. Since its humble beginnings, the Discovery Garden has undergone the following developments with the help of amazing volunteers and community partners:
- Added perimeter fencing
- Added multiple raised beds
- Planted food and flowers of many different varieties
- Added low impact irrigation to help the area thrive
- Experienced our very first growing season, harvest, seed exchange, and outdoor programming
- Created a new concept map to reevaluate the space
- Added pathways to add to visual appeal and ease of walking
- Benches built by local artists to add to the enjoyment of the space
The Discovery Garden is honored to have received $33,000 in grant money during the past year. The following community partners have graciously helped us achieve our goals:
Friends of the Library – Grants used to build perimeter fence, purchase plants, flowers, seeds, soil, and tools.
Desert Vista Garden Club – Grant used to create the Children’s garden, purchase plants, and purchase art materials for the Arbor used as entryway to the Children’s Garden.
AARP – Grant used to build pathways and benches.
Rotary Club – Grant used to build raised beds and help fund educational events and children’s programs.
Mesa Conservation District – Grant used to build a hoop house, install irrigation, and further compost education.
We need your help to build the Discovery Garden! Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Nicole Fitzgerald, at 970-683-2432 or visit our volunteer page to learn how you can join us at the next Discovery Garden workday!
- What is Permaculture?
Recommended Reading Lists for Adults:
We extend our heartfelt thanks to the following partners and community contributors who are helping to make the Discovery Garden a reality. Thank you!
84 Lumber Company
Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout, Noah TerLouw
Colorado State University Western Colorado Research Center
Dark Matter Organics
Desert Vista Garden Club
East Middle School
Friends of Mesa County Libraries
Grand Junction Parks and Rec Forestry Department
Hilltop Resource Center
Many devoted individual community volunteers!
Mesa Conservation District
Nyssa Capps – local artist
Nvision Design Studio
Pavia Justinian Fine Art
Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance
Western Colorado Community College Agricultural Department
Western Colorado Community Foundation
Western Colorado Conservation Corps (Partners)