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News Community Library receives donation for outside memorial garden

During last week's Macon County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board gave the go-ahead to the Macon County Public Library to begin a landscaping project that will develop a memorial garden at the library.

As the request of library director Karen Wallace, Macon County's Public Library will soon begin the project to develop an outside garden facility for library patrons. The garden, which is being made possible through a $10,000 donation from Nancy Ramsey is being established in memory of Ramsey’s sister, Virginia Ramsey Brunner.

“I think this project would really benefit people of Macon County to take advantage of the property that is already there,” said Wallace.

Wallace informed commissioners that the ongoing maintenance for the project will be covered under the existing contract with Carolina Nature Scapes.

As the liaison to the library, Commissioner Ronnie Beale endorsed the project and informed his fellow commissioners that while the garden will be a permanent change to the library grounds, it will be a great asset to the community at large.

“The area the garden will be built on is identified as property that can be used for the eventual expansion of the library, but I don't foresee that happening any time soon,” said Wallace. “And in the event of an expansion, the shrubbery and other items can be relocated to courtyard areas on the library grounds.

Wallace informed the board that the garden will feature native plants and benches and seeding areas for future agriculture projects to be hosted at the library.

The preliminary design sketch of the garden proposed by Michael Wall of Carolina Nature Scapes features a pebble pool sculpture as the center point of the garden. Flower beds will surround the garden which will feature two benches. For security purposes, Wallace said that the garden will be fenced in.

Beale clarified that no county funds are allocated to the project, but because the garden will change the permanent structure, the project needed approval from the commissioners.

On a motion made by Beale, commissioners unanimously voted to approve the design for the garden.


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