Did you know that there is a plant with “Mouse Ears” that is native to Georgia? It is called Mouse-Ear Coreopsis. We learned about this fascinating plant as well as many other native plants when Master Gardener Kathleen McElroy visited Gritters Library with her Green and Gold Native Plants program, part of our Dig into Reading summer.

Kathleen, of Seesaw Science, brought several exciting sensory stations or “Treasures” for the children to explore. There was a Butterfly Gardening station with real flowers, lavender, and butterflies to color; a Field Guide station with leaves and a field guide to take outdoors; a station with Mouse-Ear Coreopsis and dried seed-pods; and even a container garden with native plants to discover.

Kathleen also shared the book How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon, and her children, Emmy and Malachi, helped, too. Many patrons came to this fun storytime, and wanted to stay even after it was over. We want to thank Kathleen for visiting the library and teaching us so much. We hope she comes back soon!

Photo of Shaynah, Age 9

Green and Gold at Gritters Library