William “Bill” Whitfield Smith Community Garden


“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero

Imagine a magical space where children and adults alike can learn about gardening, raise organically grown produce, find respite, and enjoy community engagement.  Thanks to the vision and passionate advocacy efforts of former children’s librarian Shorlette Ammons, such a space exists on the property of Wayne County Public Library.  Since its inception, the goal of the library’s gardening initiative has been to cultivate plants and people through gardening.  On October 16th, 2011, the library’s garden was officially named in dedication and in loving memory of William “Bill” Whitfield Smith, a former library trustee.  The community garden has served as a valuable cultural resource for its citizens, residents and visitors and it is fitting that the garden is named in honor of Bill Smith, a gentleman of integrity and generosity who loved his community. Wayne County Public Library has a deep appreciation for Shorlette Ammons, our garden angel, who helped us spread hope and strengthened our community.

A variety of public gardening programs are offered throughout the year and are supported by the Friends of Wayne County Public Library.