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     We have finished the installation of the new entry gardens of the Madison County Public Library located in Marshall, North Carolina. Here are the before and after photos of what's been accomplished so far.
    While landscaping never looks as lush and full when you first finish the installation, you can see a huge difference and hopefully envision what it will become in a few short years!
 
Before
 
After. Although the angle of the photo is different, this photo allows you to see the 'bird' we discovered when setting the new rock.
  
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 After. You'll notice the large juniper has been removed (upper left of photo) which opens up the view.  A new 'snake' fence has been added.  The rock in the foreground reflects the outcrop that appears on the slope on the opposite side of the parking lot.  The new vines will crawl along the slope and fence and be a glorious show of color next spring.
  
 
 

  
The area below has not been started yet.  Unfortunately it is filled with weeds and could use some tending. If you have some time, stop by and pull a few weeds.
No landscaping has been done in this area yet either, but additional handicapped spaces have been added along with new striping.
 
The circle garden below needs to be redesigned with native plants, but is in full bloom right now with daylilies.
 
The supports have been removed from the beautiful Redbud tree below, but the liriope needs to be removed and the grasses repositioned.  The rock will remain.
  
These photos reveal the original landscape of the front of the property along Main Street.  This is the area that is now the Forest Farm demonstration garden.
 
This is the top of the bank behind the library where we envision a bird interpretation area. This connects with the photo below:..
 
 
 
 
This is the top of the bank behind the library where we envision a bird habitat
interpretation area. This connects to the next section.
 
 
 
The slope steepens here.  We plan to plant native trees and shrubs that will support birds.
 
 
 THIS IS THE AREA THAT IS STEP SLOPE WHERE WE TENTATIVELY ARE LOOKING TO PLANT NATIVE TREES AND SHRUBS THAT WILL SUPPORT BIRDS (THIS PHOTO CONNECTS WITH THE ABOVE AND BELOW PHOTOS).
 
 
THIS A VIEW DOWN THE SLOPE AND INTO THE FLATTER RAVINE AREA THAT IS IDENTIFIED AS A NATIVE ORCHARD AND BERRIES AREA. NATIVE NUTS, BERRY BUSHES, AND FRUITING TREES WOULD BE THE FOCUS OF THE LOWER FLAT PORTIONS OF THIS VIEW (THIS PHOTO MATCHES UP WITH THE ABOVE AND BELOW PHOTOS).

Above is a view further down the slope and into the flatter ravine area that is identified as a native orchard and berries area. THIS A CONTINUATION OF THE VIEW DOWN THE SLOPE AND INTO THE FLATTER RAVINE AREA THAT IS IDENTIFIED AS A NATIVE ORCHARD AND BERRIES AREA. NATIVE NUTS, BERRY BUSHES, AND FRUITING TREES WOULD BE THE FOCUS OF THE LOWER FLAT PORTIONS OF THIS VIEW (THIS PHOTO MATCHES UP WITH THE ABOVE AND BELOW PHOTOS).

Here's an after photo.  Who would have believed?

This a continuation of the view down the slope and into the flatter ravine area  Native nuts, berries and fruiting trees would be the focus of the lower flat portions of this view.

THIS THE LAST VIEW DOWN THE SLOPE AND INTO THE FLATTER RAVINE AREA THAT IS IDENTIFIED AS A CHESTNUT DISPLAY, NATIVE ORCHARD AND BERRIES AREA. NATIVE NUTS, BERRY BUSHES, AND FRUITING TREES WOULD BE THE FOCUS OF THE LOWER FLAT PORTIONS OF THIS VIEW (THIS PHOTO MATCHES UP WITH THE ABOVE PHOTO). NOTE THE ROAD SHOWN IS THE ENTRY ROAD OFF THE HIGHWAY...

This the last view down the slope and into the flatter ravine area that is identified as a chestnut display, native orchard and berries area. The curved drive is the Madison County Library entry road off N. Main Street.

 

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