pollinators in the garden

Learning & Growing with Mother Nature

We have a little garden,
A garden of our own,
And every day we water there
The seeds that we have sown.


We love our little garden,
And tend it with such care,
You will not find a faded leaf
Or blighted blossom there.

Beatrix Potter

Chapin Branch Library is planting a pollinator garden. After receiving our Certified Wildlife Habitat® status from the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, we looked around and asked what else we could do to promote lifelong environmental learning. So much of our food comes from flowering plants — apples, cucumbers, watermelons, nuts and so much more. Crops depend on our wildlife friends to pollinate the flowers while they search for food. I learned this firsthand when a failed pumpkin patch never produced a single pumpkin. The vine was there, and flowers bloomed, but with no pollinators, no pumpkins grew.

The library has a grassy picnic spot to relax, have a snack, watch the train or enjoy our beautiful sunny weather. We have decided to enhance the area with native plants and a caterpillar garden to share with children of all ages. We’re just getting started and are excited to see what sprouts. Native plants are vital to our pollinator friends and essential to us all. After talking with the Chapin Garden Club, consulting with the South Carolina Wildlife Federation and learning from the Master Gardeners, we created a plan.

all together now

The Plan

Our wild pollinators, such as butterflies, bees, moths, birds and bats, are in trouble due to habitat loss, disease, pesticides and other factors. Therefore we must educate ourselves and care for our planet and fellow creatures. By creating a habitat at the library, we are doing our part to turn the tide and help our flying friends. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme could not be more perfect, as we learn from Mother Nature about caterpillars, butterflies, planting, growing and getting dirty All Together Now.

benefits of gardening

The Advantages

Gardening has so many advantages. First, it is excellent for your mental health. Soil has minerals that are natural antidepressants, so getting your hands dirty makes you happy. It teaches you patience and perseverance. There is nothing like planting a tiny little seed, watering and cheering for it, loving and nurturing it, and watching it sprout from the dirt. It is a great learning experience and a first step to having a pet and raising children.

We hope you stop by and check out our garden. But in the meantime, you can check out some of these great books.

Librarian Recommended

Books & More

Book Lists for Adults

Pollinators in the Garden

The good garden : how to nurture pollinators, soil, native wildlife, and healthy food--all in your own backyard

Food for Thought

We are the ark : returning our gardens to their true nature with acts of restorative kindness
The vegetable grower
Plant grow harvest repeat : grow a bounty of vegetables, fruits, and flowers by mastering the art of succession planting

Gardening for Mental Health

Book Lists for Children

Bees & Butterflies & Bats, Oh My

Learn About Gardening

City Beets
One Little Seed
Rooting for You
Powered by Plants
G is for gardening : a gardening ABC primer
A Summer Treasury of Recipes, Crafts and Wisdom
Grow Kind
Rooftop garden
My First Book of Growing Food
Garden time
Plant the Tiny Seed
The Seedling
The Garden We Share
Ada Twist Scientist: All about plants!
How to Say Hello to a Worm
Tiana’s Garden Grows
Feed Your Curiosity

Dive Deeper With Must-Read Resources