Garden of Literacy

Community Day

April 20, 2024

The 2024 Earth Day weekend sees our Garden of Literacy, celebrating nature, gardens, and the Spring season. We welcome all community members and visitors to join us at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center for a family friendly day of giveaways, workshops, and a special children’s tour.

To get ready for gardening season, we will give away seeds and plant starts, have gardening experts on hand to talk about the Stowe Center’s award-winning gardens, as well as share gardening advice for home gardeners and aspiring home gardeners. On exhibit in the Day House will be Collections items that highlight plants and nature: such as Stowe’s paintings, scrap books, and sketch books. Writing workshops in the afternoon will that take inspiration from nature and natural elements will be offered, as well as drop-in writing sessions. In the evening, workshop participants, writers, and spoken word artists of all types are welcome to join in and all genres are encouraged to participate!

This Community Day will see the beginning of our public children’s tour and story hour from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, which will be offered regularly on the 3rd Saturday each month through the summer.

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Open Grounds

Grounds Activities: outside activities including hula hoops, bubbles, a Drop-in Poetry and Writing table, and additional games! These grounds activities will be available for all until 5:00 pm.

1:00 pm | Writing Workshops

Poetry Workshop: hosted by Versatile in the Day House (1:00 pm – 2:30/3:00 pm)

Limit of 12 people max
$35 per person


Sci-Fi Writing Workshop: hosted by Brenna in the Stowe House (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

*Participants are unable to join the Children’s Reading Circle and Intergenerational House tour if attending

Limit of 12 people max

$35 per person


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Children’s Activities 

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm| Children’s Reading Circle

Children and families are invited for a storytelling reading, The Lorax!

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Children’s Stowe House TourInheriting Freedom

Open to all ages, this tour is accessible for young children to learn about history and the movements of resistance from the 19th century to today. The tour Inheriting Freedom explores the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe and the larger history of anti-slavery activism in the United States, with a major focus on love and family as central to freedom struggles in both the past and the present; visitors are inspired to think about how we can continue to build a world where families of all kinds are safe, respected, and free to be together.

5:00 – 7:00 pm | Open Mic

This space is welcome to all artists and encourages workshop participants to share the work they just created. Food will be provided.

Thank You to our Event Sponsors!


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Location Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Doors Open 12:00 pm
Program 12:00 - 5:00 pm