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Rain Gardens Come To Library


October 27, 2012 by wcobserver

Special to the Observer By Jane Bryant

“It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood” as Friends of the Library, community members, and local Master Gardeners met to plant the two rain gardens at the West Fork Library on Oct. 3.  The Library received two grants to help clean up the runoff from the roof of the library before it enters the watershed of the West Fork of the White River. Volunteers planted more than 200 plants and shrubs on the southeast and northwest corners of the library.  Guttering has also been installed to direct the waterflow into the rain gardens.  The plantings look very nice now but will be spectacular this spring as the perennials will have rooted and begin to show off their blooms as the weather warms.

Special Thanks to:

Master Gardeners Ken Fladie, Jane Crouch, Jane Bryant, Shirley Durning, Marilyn Harnish, Carolyn Griffith, and Jan Hayes.  This group has worked many, many hours to make the rain gardens a reality.  Beaver Watershed was represented by Courney Thomas who spent the day with us.  Brad Huffines dropped off the lovely signs that will be installed that explained the process and benefits of rain gardens.  Volunteers were treated to a lunch at the home of Jane Bryant, which made the all the work worthwhile.  Way to go West Fork!

Thanks also to city workers who repaired the facia boards and helped prepare the site for the gutters to be installed.

Community members and Friends of the Library who helped or offered encouragement included:  Eula Lichty, Dorothy Carney, Carol Martin, Patty Baker, Marilyn McLaughlin, Dave McLaughlin, Judy Blomgren, Mary Ann Kahmann, Susan McCarthy



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