Monday, July 1, 2013

Jackson Library Landscape Project - An Update


Visitors to Jackson Library from the College Avenue side of the building through the portico entrance will notice some changes this summer.  Installation of the new landscaping is to begin Friday, July 19, and is expected to be largely completed by the end of July.
 
The Board of Directors of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries announced a special initiative at the annual dinner in the spring to revitalize that landscaping. "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, award winning 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.   All in all, it’s a landscape of which we can be proud.

 
With almost 80% of the $25,000 goal raised, we are beginning work on installing the landscape this summer while most students are away, and to get the grass well established before school starts. 
 
To meet our fund-raising goal of $25,000 to complete the project, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries are accepting tax-deductible contributions. The Board hopes to raise the rest of the necessary funds by September 1.  When we reach the $25,000 goal, we have been given permission to install a brass sign indicating that the garden was created by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.
 
Donations can be made online 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.