Community Gardens @ LBPL

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Gardening is relaxing, therapeutic, challenging, a creative outlet, and even a form of exercise depending on who you ask. And now there is an open-harvest, community garden at the Mark Twain Library that everyone is welcome to help care for, plant, and harvest from. Every Wednesday at noon (and some Saturdays) you can join friends and neighbors caring for the garden or attend the workshops about gardening and plants.

There are 12 raised beds filled with tomatoes, watermelons, beets, and other vegetables, with another 10 beds planned. The goal is to fill the beds with fruits and vegetables from various parts of the world including Southeast Asia and Latin America. One of the many advantages of raised bed gardening includes its accessibility. Since the beds are off the ground, they are perfect for individuals who might have difficulty kneeling or bending.  

This garden was started last November and was a joint project between the LBPL, SBCC Thrive LA, the Midtown Business Improvement District, Ourfoods.org, Cambodia  Town Inc., Clean Wilmington, and the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library. It is definitely a community asset, adding beauty to the neighborhood and providing access to fresh, healthy food free for anyone to harvest.

Want to try some gardening of your own but don’t know where to start? A gardening group like the one at Mark Twain Library can be a great place to get support. LBPL also has hundreds of resources to get you started including books, DVDs, magazines, and more!

Visit the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library
1401 E. Anaheim St.
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 570-1046


Branch Hours
Mon  Closed
Tue  12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wed  12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thu  12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fri  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun  Closed

Each month LBPL's website will feature a different neighborhood library and the unique history, programs, and services the branch provides to the surrounding community. Stay tuned for more exciting features!