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Vegetable Gardening 101

Vegetable Gardening 101
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
7:00-8:00pm on Zoom

Are you excited to try growing your own veggies?  Perhaps you have some seedlings started from the Melrose Seed Library or have thought about creating a garden of your very own but need some direction.
Melrose Community Garden and the Melrose Public Library are excited to host Gretel Anspach of the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association to share her expertise on Vegetable Gardening 101.  Gretel is an Overseer of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and a Lifetime Master Gardener with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association.
This event will be held through the remote conferencing platform, Zoom. Please register online by Tuesday, April 20th. Registrants will receive a link to access the Zoom meeting via email the morning of the event.
This program was made possible by the Department of Agricultural Resources Massachusetts Urban Agriculture Grant.

Cooking & Gardening with Herbs

Cooking & Gardening with Herbs, Chef Liz Barbour of The Creative Feast
Thursday, April 29, 2021 – 6:30 PM
Virtual Cooking Demonstration on Zoom

Photo courtesy of Liz Barbour

Chef and gardener Liz Barbour of The Creative Feast has created an edible landscape to surround her circa 1744 New Hampshire village home.  Join us for a slideshow tour through her edible gardens and see how she has introduced a variety of herbs to blend beautifully and deliciously into the landscape.

Herbs enhance a recipe far beyond what a sprinkling of salt and pepper can do. They add flavor, color, and give recipes their cultural identity.  Following her slide presentation, Liz will welcome us into her studio kitchen to demonstrate 2 delicious recipes featuring herbal combinations!

photo credit-Judy Santos


To register for this class, follow the link HERE.

Following registration, you will receive a one-time login/password for the class. Registrants DO NOT need a Zoom account nor do they need to create an account.

Joining via computer: You can simply click on the link provided in the confirmation email.

Joining via smartphone or tablet: You may need to download the Zoom Cloud Meetings application. The application is free and does not require that you create an account.

About Liz: Chef Liz Barbour, owner of The Creative Feast has been cooking professionally in the Boston area throughout her career.  Liz’s cooking demonstrations and recipes have been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle, Channel 9’s “Cooks Corner” and in various publications including New Hampshire Magazine and New Hampshire Home.  In 2017, Liz published her first cookbook “Beautifully Delicious: Cooking with Herbs & Edible Flowers”.  Learn more about Liz HERE. Follow Liz on FACEBOOK to see her Facebook Live cooking demonstrations.

The Adventures of a 70 Year Old Veteran Walking Across America

The Adventures of a 70 Year Old Veteran Walking Across America
Thursday, May 27, 2021 – 7:00 PM via Zoom


The Melrose Public Library and Melrose Veterans’ Services are excited to share one veteran’s story of making a difference for others as we near Memorial Day.

U.S. Air Force veteran William Shuttleworth started a national conversation when he walked from Newburyport, MA to the Vandenberg Air Force base in San Diego, CA in 2019.  Walking for 109 days and 3,000 miles, he made this trek to bring attention to veteran’s issues such as housing and healthcare.  His walk may be over, but his desire to help fellow veterans has not waned.  William will share stories and pictures about the experiences he had and the people he met along his walk.  To learn more about William, visit his website.

This event will be held through the remote conferencing platform, Zoom. Please register online by Wednesday, May 26.  Registrants will receive a link to access the Zoom meeting via email the morning of the event.

This program was made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Melrose Public Library.


Melrose Covid-19 Pandemic Experience

What is your life like during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Is there a memory, story, or other experience you would like to share?

Your response will help the Melrose Historical Commission and Melrose Public Library tell future generations about how the historic COVID-19 pandemic affected the Melrose community.

How you decide to share your story is up to you.  Use the downloadable submission forms below or Google form to submit your memory.

Kids Melrose Pandemic Experiences Project

Adults Melrose Pandemic Experiences Project

You can also obtain blank forms and drop off hard copies at the Melrose Public Library.  For questions, please contact

Melrose Seed Library

The Melrose Seed Library is open for it’s sixth growing season!

Partnership between the Melrose Community Garden and Melrose Public Library

COVID-19 Precautions

  • When choosing seeds, wear a mask and keep a six foot distance from others at all times.
  • Each group of seeds within an elastic or paper clip contains the same variety – take the top one.


  • The Seed Library will be outside the Melrose Public Library on a table.


  • The Seed Library will be available on “fair weather days” during Front Door Pick-up Service Hours.


  • Each patron is allowed 12 baggies of seeds for the 2021 season.


  • The Seed Library will set up a return station in the fall.

Special thanks to those who helped this season!

  • Melrose High School Environmental Club
  • Melrose Community Gardeners
  • Joan’s Book Group
  • Library patrons, friends and neighbors!

Seeds generously donated by High Mowing Organic Seeds and Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.

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