Gateway Greening and the St. Louis County Libary began forging a plan in 2012 to join forces of two wonderful pastimes: gardening and reading. St. Louis County Library was looking to activate the outdoor space at several branch locations and Gateway Greening had hopes to expand their community garden program outside the city limits. The partnership seemed like an obvious step in the right direction.
Installation of the Prairie Commons community garden began on March 23, 2013. Local community members turned gardeners, accompanied by Library staff and Gateway Greening volunteers, assembled 20 raised garden beds. Lumber, tools and soil was generously donated by project grantee Missouri Foundation for Health, along with St. Louis Composting and Accenture. Members of the St. Louis Audubon Society were on hand to install a 500-square foot butterfly garden.
About Gateway Greening
Gateway Greening is a non-profit organization that educates and empowers people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agricultures. Gateway Greening has been working to provide creative, grassroots solutions to urban problems since 1984. Programs include supporting more than 200 community and youth-focused gardens across the St. Louis area through educational opportunities, grants and technical assistance; urban beautification projects that enhance the downtown St. Louis urban landscape; and City Seeds Urban Farm, a 2.5 acre farm in downtown St. Louis that provides therapeutic horticulture and jobs training programs to individuals who are homeless and underserved. For more information on Gateway Greening and its programs, visit www.gatewaygreening.org or call 314-588-9600.
About St. Louis County Library
St. Louis County Library is the busiest library system in the state of Missouri. In 2012, this library district circulated over 14 million items including books, DVDs, eMedia, video games, magazines and CDs. In the same year, over six million people visited SLCL branches and bookmobiles. The library consists of 20 branches, including a Headquarters, which is located at 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. in Ladue. To learn more about SLCL programs and events, visit www.slcl.org.