We are proud to announce that the library is now a Northeast Tennessee Master Gardener Association project site! To celebrate and kick off this new partnership, join us on Saturday, September 22 at 2 p.m. in the library’s Buffalo Mountain Room. Master Gardeners will be present, so bring your most pressing gardening questions. Find out why your tomatoes split or your flowers wilt, and discover resources that will help your garden thrive. Garden goody bags will be handed out while supplies last!
The library is already part of the “What’s the Buzz” pollinator pathway, a community-wide initiative to cultivate green spaces that benefit and grow pollinator populations. The library’s gardens include a variety of plants – native and otherwise – that are maintained through organic practices. Our gardens are established with plants such as echinacea, lavender, and sage, but we are expanding to include even more pollinator-friendly plants.
Our new status as a Master Gardener project site affords us the opportunity to bring in more volunteers. Master Gardeners will be responsible for routine maintenance, but volunteer opportunities are open to Tennessee Promise scholars, high school students needing service hours, and anyone interested in gardening and community engagement. Volunteering in the garden provides great social and educational opportunities, with lessons ranging from basic botany to biology.
The majority of our volunteer work focuses on light but consistent seasonal maintenance, such as weeding and fertilizing. In early spring and late fall, there are more intensive projects like seasonal clean-up, planting, and mulching. Volunteer work days and hours are flexible once a tour, plan, and training have been organized.
High school students interested in volunteering should call Katelyn Wolfe at 423-434-4349 to sign up. Community volunteers can apply online or download, print, and bring in an application form. Community volunteers can contact Selena Harmon at 423-434-4454 for more information.