Located in a sunny spot at the back end of the Library Plaza near the parking lot, the pollinator garden was dedicated in June 2015 in honor of Ypsilanti’s designation as the first Bee City in Michigan. An annual Honey Bee Festival takes place in September. The garden is an oasis of native plants and flowers for pollinator insects and reflects YDL-Michigan’s active interest in the education of gardening and sustainable stewardship. The native plants in this garden were donated by the Ypsilanti Garden Club.
A community vegetable garden was founded at YDL-Michigan in May 2016. Two raised bed garden boxes filled with compost provide the planting area for tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, kale, eggplants, carrots, and more. Community members are encouraged to plant, care for, and harvest the garden. A weekly Great Gardeners group is held May-October at YDL-Michigan. Community garden produce is periodically used in programs to make salsa and smoothies for families and youth.
Funds were provided by a grant from the Ann Arbor Branch of the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association and the Kiwanis Club of Ypsilanti. Many plants and volunteer hours were generously donated by YDL patrons, staff, and the farm at Eisenhower Center. Seeds from our seed library were also used.