The Yolo County Master Gardeners have entered into an agreement with the Yolo County Library and the Winters Join Unified School District to develop, install, and maintain a community teaching garden at the Winters Community Library. The garden will provide learning opportunities on low water use plants, plants that provide year round habitat for pollinators, a space where visitors can sit and enjoy the garden, educational opportunities for school children’s groups, a space to train community members in ongoing garden maintenance, and a place to hold workshops on a variety of topics.
Master gardeners Anne Scott and Stephanie Myers will be responsible for overseeing garden design, installation, and maintenance along with community volunteers. Winters Friends of the Library (WFoL) has provided an initial budget to establish the garden including installing irrigation, constructing pathways, and planting.
One of the first steps to completed was the removal of several trees and a number of shrubs from the area for the pollinator garden. Pat Riley (WFoL member) donated his time, expertise, and equipment (chain saws, shredder, and stump remover) for removing trees and shrubs with the help of Garry Douglas, Ed Scianna, and Stephanie Myers (also WFoL members).
Next steps are to prepare a landscape design, install an irrigation system and pathways, then prepare the ground for planting this spring and fall (2019).
See the following photos showing the garden area progress and outdoor furnishings as of May,29, 2019.