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Beautification Becomes Us
Sherryl L. Parks | Kalamath Drive

Kathy Finnell, Friends of Del Mar Library, and Garden Club angels, Mary Friestedt, Arline Paa, Susan Pfleeger, and Marnie Mahoney

Have you taken a look at our library recently? The Del Mar Library is looking good! Over the past year a new community room has been added, the roof has been replaced and now, the Del Mar Garden Club, in partnership with the City of Del Mar, has made significant improvements with the landscaping, cleaning the masonry and upgrading the lighting and irrigation. The Friends of the Del Mar Library contributed $500 to purchase plants yet the Garden Club is trying to keep costs down, and they have donated many of their own plantings to fill the space. Importantly, the Garden Club has also volunteered to plant and water.

Arline Paa, coordinator for the gardening project, along with Mary Friestedt and Zus Van Thillo, thank the city for assisting so generously with the project. Five cubic yards of mulch from the San Diego landfill was brought to the site to help prevent erosion. The soil has been amended as well so that plantings will have ample opportunity to flourish.

Arline Paa reports that the goal for the project is to open up the views towards the library, to highlight the sculpture wall as well as the James Hubbell sculpture. A change with the lighting will help focus on the Hubbell sculpture. By using only drought tolerant plants, such as Mexican feather grass, blue fescue and succulents Arline hopes the public will see attractive plantings in public places and move in that direction for their own homes. A decomposed granite path is being added to help our librarians change their signage and a succulent rock garden is designed in front of the new community room. Two pots, with blue-grey succulents on either side of the Hubbell bench, will offer the final touch to the project.



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