Leicester Library Giving Garden


A giving garden with an educational focus, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.

The Leicester Library Giving Garden aims to connect and strengthen our community through growing and sharing food.


A permaculture design team created a vision to transform the Leicester Library grounds into a productive and beautiful edible landscape. A multi-phase installation established perennial tree and nut crops, pollinator habitat, and annual gardens integrated into the landscape. The gardens are accessible to the community gathering areas, peaceful seating, and in-garden educational areas.

In 2021 we implemented Phase One, building garden rows and installing wheelchair-accessible cedar raised beds. Fruit & nut trees were planted along the fence lines. In 2022 we expanded the garden with the construction of a greenhouse, thanks to members of our community.

We plan to break new ground and install an orchard in autumn of 2023.

Come grow with us!

We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously.


– Grace Lee Boggs.

Upcoming Events

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May 6th, 2023

Spring Event & Workshops

Join us on May 6th for a day of gardening, nature, sustainability, information and of course, fun! We’ll be hosting a garden tour, plant swap, along with multiple presentations. More info to come!

Future Dates TBD

Garden Work Days

In-person work days are limited due to winter weather. Click the “Get Involved” tab above if you’re interested in joining our next Zoom planning meeting!

Latest from the Garden Journal

Follow along with our community garden journey to see what we grow and how we grow it. Learn about educational and community events, as well as other opportunities to get involved and grow! 

New Year, New Greenhouse, New Orchard!

New Year, New Greenhouse, New Orchard!

If you’ve visited the Leicester Library recently, you may have noticed something BIG out in the garden! We are so excited for this project that will bring food to our community for generations to come. Please contact us if you have wood chips to donate!

Summer Greetings from the Garden!

Summer Greetings from the Garden!

JUNE We kicked off the summer season with "An Evening in the Garden", our first official garden party! We invited our community out to the library to celebrate the hard work & collaboration between all who have made the Leicester Library Giving Garden possible. It...

Building & Growing in 2021

Building & Growing in 2021

Grew & harvested lots of corn, okra, collards, salad greens, herbs, and squash to give to our community…And saved enough seeds to plant again next season with plenty of extra to share with our neighbors!

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

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