The library has been charged with landscaping the north end of the village hall building.
In keeping with the 2013 theme for summer reading, “Dig into Reading”, the children, youth, and adults of Broadwater considered a plan for landscaping the north side and the west side north of the sidewalk of the Village Hall building.
We considered what we know about the area – its hardiness zone for plants, along with the drought tolerance of plants, in selecting plants. We discussed why it is that the north side of any building or object only gets indirect sun because of the earth’s axial tilt as it orbits the sun. We talked about how cold it gets in the winter, how hot in the summer, and how much (or little) rainfall we get locally. We read books, talked to adults present who have done gardening in the local area who have experience with what grows and what does not grow, and what we have heard about local plants from others who have grown them – successfully or unsuccessfully.
We measured the outside of the building, and looked at it for what would be pleasing to the eye, as well as to considerations for how the plants’ roots might grow.
One of the youngsters in attendance suggested that we might like a red, white, and blue color scheme. When combined with the plants, seeds, cuttings, bulbs, and roots that we know to be available in the area, this seems like a striking idea!
In about 90 minutes, we have a plan! There is more to do on the plan, but the basics of the drawing and idea are in place, as well as measurements.