CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Keep Carbondale Beautiful’s May 2013 Bright Spot Award was presented to the Evergreen Garden Club and the Friends of Carbondale Public Library for their enduring work on the Library’s Japanese Garden.
Begun in the 1980’s by the Evergreen Garden Club, the garden was recognized with a Bright Spot Award for the Library in 1990, one of the first such awards.
Since then, the Evergreen Garden Club has maintained this tranquil space at their own expense.
Last fall, seeing that the retaining wall was crumbling, the Club enlisted the help of the Friends to raise funds to rebuild the retaining wall, which was accomplished with great care thanks to Harville Masonry.
Library Director Diana Brawley Sussman said, “Their thoughtful cooperation honored the space and the library, lending a sense of peace and community to the Japanese Garden itself, and to the story of its existence.”