The Community Library in Salem started its gardens in 1997. Staff and volunteers planted thousands of bulbs that were donated by the Kenosha County Extension. By 1999, the gardens were in full bloom and staffed by library employee garden enthusiasts.
Our goal is to incorporate native landscaping into its grounds to:
  • Beautify the landscape
  • Improve wildlife habitat
  • Limit the use of pesticides and other chemical applications
  • Create a more diverse landscape
  • Reduce maintenance
  • Provide gardening information based on first-hand experience
The following gardens are situated on five acres in a rural setting.
The garden around the fountain and nearby seating areas provides a variety of interest from early spring through late autumn. Plants are chosen for their color, foliage, pest resistance, drought tolerance, need for full sun, and wildlife-attracting attributes. A mix of natives, non-natives, and some colorful annuals which reseed themselves are included in this garden. Care involves deadheading, weed control, mulch application, and occasional pest watch. This area also includes several rose bushes.
The circular garden is located on the southwest side of the building.  Dappled-shade loving plants grow here.
The Library gardens provide a considerable amount of plants that support a wide variety of wildlife habitats.  Some of these include plants which provide food and shelter for birds, and host, larval, and nectar plants for several butterfly species.
The Youth Services Department also makes use of the garden space to conduct programming for children during the summer months.
The Community Library always welcomes volunteer gardeners to help us with the gardens. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact LeeAnn Briese at 262-843-3348 or visit any Community Library location to complete an application.