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.

This year we continue to expand the garden with the construction of a greenhouse, thanks to members of our community. 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

August 27th, 2022

Master Gardener Series

Come out to the Leicester Library’s first workshop in our Master Gardener series – No registration required.

Seed Saving Workshop Saturday, September 24th 2:00-3:30pm

Putting Your Garden To Bed For The Winter on Saturday, Oct 22 2:00 – 3:30pm

April – May

Garden Work Days

We now are meeting regularly in the garden, every other Tuesday evening and Saturday morning. All are welcome to turn up, hang out, do some gardening!

Tues Sept 20th from 6 – 7pm

Sat Sept 24th from 2 – 3:30pm Seed Saving Workshop

Tues Oct 4th from 6 – 7pm

Sat Oct 8th from 9 – noon (finishing the greenhouse!)

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! 

Summer Greetings from the Garden!

Summer Greetings from the Garden!

JUNEWe 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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