Howard County Library System
Special Campaigns

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.
October 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
  • Go Native-Howard County Garden Club sponsors this lovely selection of native flowers. Here is a guide to the plants:  Go Native Guide

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

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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