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Friends of the UNCG Libraries Launch Project to Revitalize the Landscaping in Front of Jackson Library

The Board of Directors of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries recently announced a special initiative to revitalize the landscaping in front of Jackson Library. “The library has traditionally been a photogenic centerpiece, and we want to return it to that status,” said board member Laura Tew.

With Board approval and financial support, UNCG Grounds Manager Chris Fay commissioned  Christine Russell of New Earth Design to craft the proposed landscape design to incorporate sustainability principles, including:
•         minimal demands for water and fertilization;
•         food and protection for local songbirds; and
•         minimal upkeep requirements.

The Jackson Library portico facing College Avenue will be accentuated by Graham Blandy boxwood, dwarf Burford hollies and Kay Paris magnolias. The Yoshino cherry & Jane magnolia trees will be highlighted by hydrangeas and flowering Kaley rose mountain grass, seasonally colorful shrubs, annuals, and perennials. Bluestone slate will lead to the brick sitting wall where library passersby can congregate or rest.

The Board chose to pursue the landscaping project after conducting a review of the UNC Greensboro campus grounds and concluded that the front of Jackson Library, facing College Avenue, was in need of significant renovation to boost its visual and functional appeal to match that of the UNCG’s Award winning contemporary landscaping. On January 24, 2013, the Board approved the plan, along with a commitment to provide the necessary funding.

To meet its fund-raising goal of $25,000, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries are accepting tax-deductible contributions. To date, they have raised $17,300 and will appreciate contributions of any amount. The Board hopes to raise the necessary funds by September 1 with the hope of installing the landscape design by year’s end.

Want to give to the project? Click here.

Checks can be made out to UNCG and mailed to Advancement Services, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, N.C. 27402-6170.  Please put Jackson Library Landscaping Project on the memo line.