Woodland Lib garden grows into community gem

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 0:43 AM

Located a obstruct off Woodland’s active Main Str in the heart of the city’s historic district, the lib garden is more than a space to snuggle up with a excellent book.

Woodland Lib garden grows into community gem

Surrounding a civic treasure, the Woodland Public Lib garden has quietly become a showpiece in its own right.

Located a obstruct off Woodland’s active Main Str in the heart of the city’s historic district, the lib garden is more than a space to snuggle up with a excellent book. Filled with about six hundred rosebushes and dozens of companion plants, the picturesque garden has become an urban oasis with an international reputation.

“It’s a work of like for all of us,” said Maryellen Mackenzie, president of the Woodland Lib Rose Club.

Sunday, the club will host its twenty-fifth annual garden tour featuring six private gardens as well as the library’s own large garden. Attracting about two hundred patrons, the tour is the largest annual fundraiser for the lib garden’s upkeep.

“The first tour was in honor of the dedication of the original memorial rose garden,” Mackenzie said. “That’s how this all started.”

With about sixty bushes planted under one hundred-year-old palms, the memorial rose garden still welcomes visitors to the library’s main entrance. But it’s been joined by a series of other themed gardens and plantings that presently circle the one thousand nine hundred five Mission Revival building, the oldest working lib in the United States originally funded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie.

With the plants reflecting the earliest days of the town’s pioneer settlers, the lib garden spans the history of Woodland, which was inc in one thousand eight hundred seventy-first. On an arch-shaded walkway, scores of scarce roses date back to Gold Rush days. Nearby, modern roses reflect the evolution of America’s favorite flower.

For the depth and breadth of its collection, the Woodland Lib garden was named an international “Garden of Excellence” by the World Federation of Rose Societies. It’s the same award that was earned by Sacramento’s Historic City Cemetery rose garden, Mackenzie noted. Woodland was one of only four gardens nationwide to obtain the award latest year. Latest summer, Mackenzie and club member Marcia Nelson accepted the award at the federation’s World Rose Conference in Lyon, France.

“I’m still in shock we won that award,” said Mackenzie, noting that a new plaque marking the honor will be committed in a May fourteen public ceremony.

“The Woodland Lib Rose Club wanted to emphasize the values of this tiny city by planting a pretty garden of roses around their historic library,” wrote antique rose expert Gregg Lowery in his nomination of the lib garden. “They might've simply planted a lovely display with number specific theme or mission. But they chose instead to educate and delight their visitors by offering a wide range of rose types and weaving them into a path of discovery and history.”

The Woodland Lib Rose Club started with a much simpler, straightforward purpose, Mackenzie said. Bonnie Freshwater, then president of the Friends of the Library, founded the garden club as a means to beautify the library grounds.

“They had just keep on a new addition to the library, but there was number money left for landscaping,” Mackenzie said. “So Bonnie started a garden club to get the work done. The Woodland High School football team came and took out all the elderly dirt and keep in excellent soil. It was a community effort. Bonnie had a vision to have a rose garden exterior the library, and she was a force to be reckoned with.”

Eventually, the garden club took over space following to the library, the former site of a used car lot. They planted perennials, bulbs, herbs and other plants among the many roses.

A sensory garden presently invites visitors to touch as well as odor the flowers. A stretch following to the parking lot features different species roses such as yellow Rosa primula. What once was a bland walkway behind a stucco wall became a rose history tour with several examples of Victorian-era blooms.

“It’s just pretty when all the arches are in bloom,” said club member Chris Bowey, co-chairwoman for this weekend’s tour.

The community has arrive to like the garden, too, Bowey said. Lining paths through the garden, commemorative bricks bear the names of dozens of local supporters. Memorial benches allow spots to rest among the roses.

The 120-member club has maintained a powerful and positive relationship with the lib and the community, Mackenzie said.

“The lib supports us 100 percent,” she said. “They really appreciate what we do. And they do still rescue on landscaping.”

Start at Woodland Public Library, two hundred fifty First St., Woodland

Noon-5 p. m. Sunday, April seventeen. (Rain date: April twenty-four)

$20 general, $10 youths (below age eighteen). Purchase tickets at . Tickets also will be available at the lib garden from eleventh:30 a. m.-2:30 p. m. on the day of tour.

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The Woodland Lib Rose Club will celebrate its “Garden of Excellence” honor at 11 a. m. May fourteen. The public is welcome.

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