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The Library planter with greens for the winter.

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A mix of annuals and perennials for the summer at the Library

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Bulbs fill the planter in early spring.

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Winter greens at the Library.

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Volunteers plant bulbs at the Library.

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Flowers and foliage plants at the Library.

Tompkins County Public Library

Plantings at the Tompkins County Public Library on the corner of Cayuga St. and Green St. include an attached brick planter that runs along the Cayuga St. side and around the corner bordering the parking garage.  Since 2014, the Beautification Program has worked with Library volunteers to plant and maintain this planter with annuals, bulbs and perennials.  There is also a cutting garden in back of the Library that provides fresh flowers to bring inside.

A sculpture alcove at the north end of the planter is planted with colorful and unusual flowering Balsam, plus giant dramatic Elephant Ears (Colocasia).

In 2017, the Beautification Program partnered with GreenTree Garden Supply to replace the old soil in the planter on the south side of the building facing the parking garage.  The old soil was removed and the planter was filled with GreenTree soil by staff and volunteers, and then planted with perennials and bulbs.  Additional perennials, bulbs, grasses and annuals are added seasonally.

Beautification Brigade volunteer Linda Bartnick has adopted the Library plantings since 2015.

Last updated February 13, 2020