Santa Monica Public Library Presents Libraries & Gardens: Growing Together


February 2, 2023

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Cindy Mediavilla, co-author of Libraries and Gardens: Growing Together, presents a visual tour of amazing library gardens around the world and discusses the garden’s important role in today’s community-focused library on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Pico Branch Library, The Annex, 2021 Pico Blvd.

After the presentation, borrow one of the Library’s new gardening kits with tools, seeds and gardening books, get free seeds and information from Community Gardens volunteers, learn about gardening with kids, and more.

Gardens have been part of libraries for centuries. Today’s libraries use gardens to teach young people about science, math, and healthy living, and demonstrate the beauty and value of native plant gardening. Library community gardens give families the chance to grow their own produce, especially in areas designated as food deserts. And living walls inside libraries provide unconventional interior design while helping keep the air fresh.

A retired public librarian, Cindy Mediavilla is an avid gardener whose home has been featured on several garden tours and will be part of this year’s prestigious Theodore Payne Foundation native plant tour in April.

This program is part of Santa Monica Public Library’s celebration of National Library Lovers’ Month. It free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8600 at least one week prior to the event. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the Library.


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