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Enchanted Garden at Miller Branch and Historical Center

The Enchanted Garden is a sustainable, community-based teaching garden for all ages.  See a video here, and photos of the garden activities on our flickr page.
June 2014


Field Guide  
If you are interested in the plants found in the Enchanted Garden, this Field Guide introduces you to their properties and beneficial uses.  You may also borrow this guide in printed form from the Miller Branch for use while you visit the garden. 

Vision:  Growing Healthy Habits

A quarter-acre parcel adjacent to the Children's area, the Enchanted Garden’s primary focus is a teaching garden.

The demonstration gardening area features a variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers planted in raised beds, including: 
 
  • Cultural Connections, Salsa garden- showcasing ingredients to make salsa
  • Rainbow Garden - all the colors of the rainbows in these plants
  • Edible Heirlooms - these plants have history in their flavors
  • Multisensory Garden - lavender, hosta, blue fescue grass, thyme, and rosemary
  • Herbal Apothecary Garden - echinacea, aloe, lemon balm, and sage
  • Great Gourds - all the fantastic shapes and textures gourds have to offer

Providing our children an environmental and nutritional education while instilling a love of nature is the best way to inspire them to be the stewards of our future.

See what garden classes are happening soon:

Date Description Register
09/22/14
4:30 PM
Miller Branch
Enchanted Garden Youth Corps
WANTED: Enchanted Garden Youth Volunteers! If you like to dig, weed, plant, harvest, learn about gardening, and meet new ... [more]
Register
09/29/14
4:30 PM
Miller Branch
Enchanted Garden Youth Corps
WANTED: Enchanted Garden Youth Volunteers! If you like to dig, weed, plant, harvest, learn about gardening, and meet new ... [more]
Register
10/06/14
4:30 PM
Miller Branch
Enchanted Garden Youth Corps
WANTED: Enchanted Garden Youth Volunteers! If you like to dig, weed, plant, harvest, learn about gardening, and meet new ... [more]
Register
10/06/14
6:30 PM
Miller Branch
Improving Your Mood Through Meditative Art
Research shows that creative activities can boost serotonin levels. Join us in the Enchanted Garden as we use artistic e ... [more]
Register
10/11/14
3:00 PM
Miller Branch
Music in the Enchanted Garden
Enjoy a memorable musical experience in the Enchanted Garden with The Volunteers. As a major performing component ... [more]
No registration required
10/16/14
4:30 PM
Miller Branch
Tween Sprouts: Enchanted Garden Club
Be a part of the garden this fall. Learn gardening basics, grow healthy habits and have fun with friends. Ages 9-11; 90 ... [more]
Register
10/20/14
4:30 PM
Miller Branch
Enchanted Garden Youth Corps
WANTED: Enchanted Garden Youth Volunteers! If you like to dig, weed, plant, harvest, learn about gardening, and meet new ... [more]
Register
10/27/14
4:30 PM
Miller Branch
Enchanted Garden Youth Corps
WANTED: Enchanted Garden Youth Volunteers! If you like to dig, weed, plant, harvest, learn about gardening, and meet new ... [more]
Register
10/29/14
7:00 PM
Miller Branch
Great Gourds!
Create fun Halloween decorations using gourds and pumpkins from the Enchanted Garden. Ages 11-17.
No registration required
11/20/14
4:30 PM
Miller Branch
Tween Sprouts: Enchanted Garden Club
Be a part of the garden this fall. Learn gardening basics, grow healthy habits and have fun with friends. Ages 9-11; 90 ... [more]
Register

Recent Press:
Howard Magazine article

Get Involved:

The garden is a community-based teaching garden and we are thankful for the partnership and support of so many organizations and individuals that have collaborated with HCLS.

Join Tween Sprouts, the garden club for ages 9-11

Join Enchanted Garden Youth Corps, a club for ages 11-15

Try out Explorer Packs, available for check out for use in our Enchanted Garden. Each season a new theme is introduced, and packs include a self-guided activity that would invite participants to use their senses, to explore the garden and report their discoveries in words and or pictures


Learn more about the donation opportunities at the Enchanted Garden...

Garden Brochure (PDF)

Who is involved?

If you have any questions, please contact:
Rita Hamlet
Howard County Library System
6600 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: 410.313.7799


 
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