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 will see perennial tree and nut crops, pollinator habitat, and annual gardens integrated into the landscape. The gardens will be 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 line.

This year we plan to continue to expand the garden 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

April 9th, 2022

Potato Planting & Sharing!

We received a very generous donation of seed potatoes from New Sprout Organics Farm (10 different organic varieties!) and anyone who turns up to help plant them can definitely take some home for their own gardens. Everyone is welcome, just note that it could be on the cooler side so dress warm and bring gloves if you have them.

April – May

Garden Work Days

We’re switching to meeting regularly in the garden, all are welcome to turn up, hang out, do some gardening!
Saturday April 9 1-4pm
Thursday April 14 6-7pm
Sunday April 24 1-4pm
Thursday April 28 6-7pm
Saturday May 7 9-Noon
Thursday May 12 6-7pm
Saturday May 21 9-Noon
Thursday May 26 6-7pm

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! 

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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