By Andrea Alvarez

DUNEDIN, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – You know the saying: spring showers bring may flowers. Well, locals are getting started early this year.

“There are so many flowers in here,’ said one gardener at the Dunedin Community Garden. “They taste a little bit um… spicy!”

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Your typical library visit consists of checking something out with the intention of returning it. But what if I said there’s something you can check out today that didn’t have a due date attached to it and no expectation to be returned.

“We created a program where we not only provided seeds but we provided education and resources,” said Phyllis Gorshe, the Library Director at the Dunedin Public Library. That’s the case here at the seed library inside the Dunedin Public Library where, as long as you have a library card, you can check out up to five seed packets per month for good.

“We had seen it at few other libraries so we wanted to bring that to our community,” she said. “All of our seeds are donated. We usually have anywhere from 300 to 400 checkouts a month.”

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It’s growing popularity has sprouted interest across town at the Dunedin Community Garden where hundreds of plants are now flourishing.

“These here are edible… these flowers,” said gardeners there.

“We are kind of connecting with that tradition of growing your own food and during the pandemic we saw a lot of people that were growing their own food and also bringing their kids into the process of learning how to garden,” said Gorshe. The Library is helping you take the first step in moving toward a greener planet starting here in Tampa Bay.

And like Roman philosopher Cicero said in a famous gardener quote: If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need.

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“Our whole goal is to encourage our community to dig in and garden, whether they are to it or an expert gardener,” she said.