Library friends landscape for 50th anniversary in 2018

John Peck, Elizabeth Breting, Flo Rando, Jay Stuckey, president of Friends of Murray Hill Library, Hella Shull, Mary Lou Sutherlin and Janet Ducat, Murray Hill Library manager

John Peck, Elizabeth Breting, Flo Rando, Jay Stuckey, president of Friends of Murray Hill Library, Hella Shull, Mary Lou Sutherlin and Janet Ducat, Murray Hill Library manager

The Friends of the Murray Hill Library are helping the Edgewood Avenue-based branch put its best face forward by beautifying the façade with landscaping.

Led by gardening expert Hella Shull, much care went into the selection of the plants, which include Texas sage, variegated flax lilies, Aztec grass, gold and orange lantana, and foxtail and pom-pom ferns.

Because there is no irrigation system at the library or ready source of water, the focus has been to choose plants which are drought-tolerant and place them in locations that will receive at least a minimal amount of rain water.

The second criterion was to choose plants which are low maintenance since the Friends group has agreed to do the ongoing maintenance work. Lastly, the goal was to keep the plants low enough that they wouldn’t obstruct the view out of the picture windows across the front of the library. The only area that is backed by brick is the area behind the flagpole, thus making that area the perfect spot for a few taller, more distinctive plants. 

Since the library gets a lot of bicycle traffic, the landscaping will be followed by much-needed new bicycle racks on both sides of the front and other enhancements yet to be determined. The group is looking forward to having all of the improvements in place for the library’s 50th anniversary celebration December 2018.

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