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The Giving Garden

Located behind the Canton Library, the Giving Garden features raised-bed vegetable, herb, and flower boxes, as well as a certified Monarch Waystation. The garden is used to teach various aspects of gardening, as well as to raise awareness of the plight of the Monarch butterfly, which is at risk of being endangered. The Giving Garden is an education-oriented joint initiative of the Haywood County Public Library, Haywood County Cooperative Extension Center, and the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program. The garden is generously supported by the Haywood County Friends of the Library and the Haywood County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association, and is maintained by the work of volunteers. Seeds for the garden are graciously donated by Sow True Seed. All produce is donated to The Community Kitchen in Canton.

New volunteers are always welcome! We need help planting, watering, and harvesting. For more information, call the Canton Library at (828) 648-2924.

2017 Schedule of Events

Giving Garden Free Workshops are back! Whether you are a beginner or an advanced gardener these workshops will help you achieve your dream garden. All of these events are held at the Canton Library, unless otherwise noted. Bring your kids!  All Canton gardening classes include a separate children’s program for ages 3+, and will be held at the Canton Library unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, March 9, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Master Gardener Volunteer Marcia Tate will present Creating a Monarch Garden.  

Thursday, March 16, 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Master Gardener Volunteer Hughes Roberts will present Planning a Small-Space, Low-Labor Garden for 2017.  Participants will view this model in process at the Canton Library’s Giving Garden.  

Thursday, April 6, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Natural Pest Control with Sarah Scott, Haywood Extension Agent.

Thursday, April 20, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Hands-On Seed Starting with Sara Martin  from Two Trees Farm in Canton. Come prepared to get your hands dirty and get your seeds off to a healthy start. Participants will leave with 6 seed starts. 

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 a.m. Family Story Time will include a special garden activity - 2 p.m. Kids are invited to help plant the Giving Garden and learn from the Master Gardeners by volunteering to plant!

Wednesday, June 21, 11 a.m. Family Movie. A bee goes out of the hive, befriends a florist, and takes action. Rated PG.

Thursday, July 6, 9:30 a.m. Cooking with Herbs. Learn how to cook with herbs from your garden with Extension Agent Julie Sawyer. At the Community Kitchen.

Thursday, July 20, 9:30 a.m. One Pot Meal. Extension Agent Julie Sawyer will teach how to combine ingredients into a delicious meal. At the Community Kitchen.

Thursday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. Food Preservation Class. Learn how to can and preserve your harvest with Extension Agent Julie Sawyer. At the Community Kitchen.


The Giving Garden won the 2014 North Carolina Public Library Director Association's Adult Program Award for a medium-sized library. 

Haywood County Public Library won a 2014 Community Pride Award for the Giving Garden and Seed Library.

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