Purcellville, VA (Jan. 14, 2016) – Loudoun County residents are invited to team up with Smithsonian Gardens and the Purcellville Library to preserve area garden history in the first-ever Community of Gardens story drive.
Area residents’ garden stories will be included in the Smithsonian’s Community of Gardens digital archive. It could be an interview with a neighbor who gardens, the memory of grandfather’s peonies, the history behind the apples grown on a family orchard, or photo of a backyard retreat.
Anyone can submit a memory, story, photograph, or video about a garden in America and become a part of the Smithsonian’s collection.
Two upcoming events at the Purcellville Library, 220 East Main Street, Purcellville, provide opportunities to participate:
Community of Gardens: History in our Gardens
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 2:00 p.m. Cynthia Brown, Smithsonian Gardens education manager, will give an overview of the Community of Gardens program and how gardeners can help the Smithsonian preserve everyday garden history at this kick-off event.
Community of Gardens: Harvest
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2:00 p.m. Bring your photos and memories of gardens, family farms, and orchards. In collaboration with the library, the Smithsonian will be scanning photos and document personal stories of gardens and their importance in American life.
Not able to make it? You can participate by submitting your garden story (or your neighbor’s, your mother’s, or your grandfather’s) online at communityofgardens.si.edu.
For more information about the program, contact the Purcellville Library at 540-338-7235.
More information about the Loudoun County Public Library is online atlibrary.loudoun.gov.