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Gardening by the Book at East 38th

October 7, 2010 by Reader's Connection

Lois A. Clark is a patron of the East Thirty-Eighth Street Branch and a member of its Gardening by the Book Club, which meets there every third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. 

Our thanks go out to Lois for writing this article.


Several years ago it was decided that the Emerson Branch of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, which had served patrons since 1962 at its 3642 N. Emerson Avenue location, was ready to be replaced. There was a nice lot available two blocks east on 38th Street with trees and enough room for a large parking lot. It seemed to be the perfect location, until officials started looking closer. Most of the trees at the proposed site were located in a wetlands. Since wetlands areas were rapidly disappearing in Indiana, the Governor stated that he wanted as many wetlands as possible to be saved. 
           Boardwalk over the wetlands
Following the East Thirty-Eighth Street Branch opening in 2003, an idea to preserve the site’s wetlands became apparent: build a boardwalk over the wetlands. This would allow people to walk over the wetlands and see what is growing beneath their feet. Made possible by a generous grant from United Water, the boardwalk was built and then dedicated on October 15, 2008. At the end of the boardwalk is a platform where tables and chairs could be placed for a meeting or lunch. A railing around the bridge prevents children from falling, and there’s a handrail for older people. The entire concept complements the triangle-shaped library, where East certainly doesn’t meet West at the library’s north end. 

Month-by-Month Gardening in Indiana


As a special library offering, it was decided to have a club for neighbors and everyone interested – not just an “average” club, but one about books and plants. The name chosen was “Gardening by the Book.” The club meets the third Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. There is no charge to attend the meetings that feature wonderful speakers and give those attending a chance to learn about plants, exchange ideas, explore gardening crafts and have a wonderful time.





Indiana Gardener's Guide


We exchange plants at least once in the summer. If needed, we will help plant flowers, pull weeds and pick up trash around the East Thirty-Eighth Street Branch. Come and visit at our next meeting. All are welcome. Help to make our fourth year even more exciting!


Next meeting: October 16th “Using Native Plants in the Home Garden.” Advance Master Gardener Colletta Kosiba will show the wide variety of easy-care native plants to add to your garden.




Also of interest: The Gardening in Indiana Info Guide



Siberian iris plants at East 38th Street

1 comment »

  1. Nancy Stephenson says:

    A HUGE thank you goes to Lois Clark for her commitment & support of the East 38th St. branch and wetlands. Lois has been generous with her time and talents in caring for this unique backyard feature from the very beginning. Lois is an exceptional gardener and a valued friend of nature and IMCPL.

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