We have two community gardens
The outdoor soil garden at the Wilson Branch Library is in season from June – October each year. It lives on the north part of the library’s property. The plants are grown from seed in a greenhouse by Loomis Chaffee Students.
The hydroponic garden at the Main Library is a 36 plant garden that lives in the lobby and is in season all year. We use RISE Garden’s indoor hydroponic system to grow our plants. The garden showcases the scientific advances in gardening that make it easier to grow fresh produce in a wide variety of spaces (including outer space!).
The Main Library has a Seed Library! Located next to the Hydroponic Garden.
How it works:
- Choose up to five packs of seeds per person
- Prepare your garden at home (we have lots of books to help!)
- Take good care of your plants! Give them water, sunlight and say nice things to them
- Once your plants have matured, harvest the seeds
- Bring your harvested seeds back to the library (labeled) so the cycle can continue!
Our collection of Nature Backpacks will inspire you to explore the world around you. Each backpack includes books, activities, and tools for all ages. Check one out and uncover the many wonders nature has to offer!
Stop by the Wilson Branch Library to borrow any backpack for 3 weeks. Backpacks must be returned in person to the Wilson Branch.
To reserve a backpack, please call 860-247-8960.
Click on the themes to the right to learn more about each backpack.
4 Seasons & Weather
Why do we have different seasons and so many different types of weather?
Get answers to all your questions (and more!) with this Nature Backpack.
Amphibians & Reptiles
Do you know the difference between reptiles and amphibians?
Reptiles and amphibians can be found in salt marshes around Connecticut’s coastline. Next time you’re at the beach, bring this Nature Backpack and be on the lookout for both!
Biomes & Habitats
A habitat is the natural home of an animal, plant, or other organism. Biomes are ecosystems where several habitats meet.
There are 7 major types of biomes: tropical rainforest, temperate forest, desert, tundra, grassland, savanna, and boreal forests.
Which habitats can you identify in Connecticut? This Nature Backpack can help.
Did you know? According to the CT Ornithological Association, 448 species of birds recorded in Connecticut!
Our state bird is the American Robin. The three most common birds found in our state are the Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, and Mourning Dove.
Not only are birds fun to watch and listen to, they’re very important to humans. They help control the bug populations and act as pollinators to help the plants that we eat grow.
Celebrate these living dinosaures with this Nature Backpack.
Bugs & Insects
Let's Go Outside!
Plants & Flowers
They’re here, they’re there, they’re everywhere! Plants and flowers are all around us and they serve many functions. Not only are they a source of food for both animals and humans, they provide oxygen and shade from the heat. Plants come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, but they have a lot in common with each other.
Learn all about them when you check out this Nature Backpack!
We’re always looking for helping hands around the gardens. Click on the volunteer link below if you’d like to help out.
(Yes, you can totally volunteer at both locations!)
Volunteer @ Wilson Branch
Outdoor Garden (all ages, May – October)
Volunteer @ Main Library
Indoor Hydroponics (for anyone age 15 – 19)
The produce that is yielded in both gardens is donated to the Windsor Food and Fuel Bank.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
Donated Garden Beds & Cart
Donated organic compost
Student grown and donated seedlings
Produce grown donated to Windsor Food & Fuel Bank
Sponsor: Land use and garden supplies
Proud Victory Garden Site