Shankin Library Garden comes alive thanks to volunteers
More new volunteers are working at the East Lincoln Branch Library in the Shanklin Memorial Garden. The regular volunteers along with new workers and some help from the Lincoln County landscape crew, work is being done at the garden and walkway next to the library on Fairfield Forest Road.
“Our county furnished us with a large dump truck load of double ground hardwood mulch (a necessary ingredient of rain garden construction). Three inches of new mulch (double ground) was added to the rain garden, and also to the Fragrance garden. With lots of help, we were able to get a lot done in two hours,” said one of the volunteers.
The next Garden Work Day is scheduled for July 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. All are welcome to help. The volunteers meet the second and fourth Tuesday mornings of the month for “work days.” If you’d like to join, upcoming workdays will probably include pruning back and dead heading the annuals and perennials, so bring your hand clippers, and larger hand tools and join the fun.
The Woodland Garden has become an important part of the library. The children from “Story Hour” had fun running through the sprinkler on the way to see the Bear in the Woodland Garden in June and they will repeat that event again in July.
On some hot day, walk into the library and look out the windows at the Rain Garden. The flowers are blooming and the native hibiscus (Mallow) has flowers the size of dinner plates. It’s a wonderful way to control storm water running across your yard. The Rain Garden handles the huge amount of water coming from the roof and behind the library, slowing it down and watering the native plants.
“Because we have a good group of volunteers, we are able to spruce the garden into shape in a short period of time. It would be great to find someone to fund a permanent path through the fragrance garden flower garden at the entrance to the woodland garden (brick or cement). With an upgrade, the garden volunteers wouldn’t have to be always weeding in the gravel. It would be easier to push strollers and wheelchairs along that short path also. This would be a great memorial or from a secret donor.
“Thanks to everyone who donates their time. We can always use donations of cash to help with expenses. Watch for a new permanent animal arriving in the garden soon,” said lead volunteer Cynthia Jones.