Monday, March 3, 2014 - 12:00p.m.
The St. Louis County Library and Gateway Greening are pleased to announce the installation of the newest library garden, the Cliff Cave Community Garden located at the Cliff Cave Branch in Oakville, MO. Cliff Cave Community Garden is the second community garden at a library in the state of Missouri, preceded by the Prairie Commons Community Garden in Hazelwood, MO.
The St. Louis County Library and Gateway Greening began forging a plan in 2012 to join the forces of two pastimes: reading and gardening. St. Louis County Library was looking to activate outdoor space at their branches and Gateway Greening had hopes to expand their community garden program outside the city limits. Cliff Cave is the second of many library gardens to come.
On Saturday, March 8th from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., the Cliff Cave Community Garden will be receiving 20 4’x12’ raised beds and four easily accessible raised beds for those individuals with mobility and disability issues. Already installed for the garden is a waterline, tool shed and a sidewalk. Volunteers and staff will be on site to help with assembly of the expansion.
Matt Even, Community Outreach Specialist for Gateway Greening, works specifically with library gardens. “After many months of planning from the local community, we are ready to establish a new community garden and give individuals the opportunity to grow food and beautify the St. Louis County location," said Even.
Barbara Brain, Assistant Director of Adult & Support Services at SLCL said, “The St. Louis County Library is thrilled to be expanding the community garden program. The flagship garden at Prairie Commons has been very popular with customers and staff, providing a unique, hands-on educational opportunity. The Cliff Cave Community Garden will offer similar programs and training to South County residents.”
The Cliff Cave Community Garden is located at the St. Louis County Library Cliff Cave Branch, 5430 Telegraph Rd. St. Louis, MO 63129. For more information on getting involved in the garden, please contact branch staff at 314-994-3300.
About St. Louis County Library
St. Louis County Library is the busiest library in Missouri. In 2013, the library circulated over 15 million items including books, DVDs, eMedia, video games, magazines and CDs. In the same year, over 6 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.
About Gateway Greening
Gateway Greening is a non-profit organization that educates and empowers people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture. 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.