The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men, or When Drawings Encounter Real Life

Fairfax Garden Project Update: July 29, 2022

The Library’s garden project has been in the planning stages for almost four years, and it’s very exciting to see the progress that’s occurring every day. However, for all our careful preparation and plotting, real life dirt and trees are causing us to make changes to the design.

The contractors discovered large tree roots in the exact spot we had planned to place our stone story circle.  How did we not guess that this very large pine tree would have very large roots?  We’re committed to protecting the heritage trees on the library property, along with planting over a dozen more as part of the project, so we don’t want to disturb the tree’s roots.  Thanks to our landscape architect, the story area is remaining as part of the plan, and has been redesigned as a stone crescent.  This change turns out to have several benefits in addition to protecting the tree roots: it incorporates the story area into the project rather than placing it off to the side, and it makes the facing bench more of a focal point.

Learn more about the Fairfax Garden Project.

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