Winters Community Library Garden expansion needs support

The planned Winters library garden expansion area. Courtesy photo

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By Stephanie Myers
Special to the Express

Even though the Winters Community Library is currently closed, volunteers are hard at work on a plan to expand the library’s teaching garden, located on the south side of the library building. The Yolo County Master Gardeners, Winters Joint Unified School District, and Yolo County Library have agreed to extend the teaching garden boundary east to the sidewalk along Railroad Avenue, into the adjacent area that has been full of weeds for a number of years. It is a natural fit and will create more space for outdoor library activities as well as provide a more pleasing view for the public and a nicer face for the library. The design plan will complement the existing garden, with low-water-use and wildlife-friendly plants, anchored with small trees and large shrubs.

Volunteers have obtained $1,000 in grant funding from the Yolo County Resource Conservation District (YCRCD) to cover the fall 2020 planting and irrigation costs. Winters Friends of the Library (WFoL) has committed to provide an annual budget of $750 for long-term support of the garden.

City Manager John W. Donlevy, Jr. arranged for the City maintenance crew to relocate the fence and install a new valve box and irrigation timer. The fence was located so as not to block the view of the Winters Community Library sign.

Volunteers have completed the removal of the old non-functioning irrigation system and several small trees and shrubs. They plan to schedule one or two planting days and another day to install mulch once the new irrigation is installed in late fall (October). The work will be done by community volunteers at the direction of the Master Gardeners and YCRCD.

Donations are still needed to pay for additional costs not covered by other funds, for decomposed granite, soil, mulch, and other supplies. Donations can be made to WFoL at PO Box 963, Winters, CA 95694 or online at wfol.org/donate. Please indicate on your check or the online donation form that your gift is to support the teaching garden.

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