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Library landscaping facelift on Arbor Day

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POSTED April 23, 2014 1:22 a.m.

The Manteca Public Library landscape facelift continues on Friday.

In conjunction with the annual celebration of Arbor Day, the Manteca Garden Club in partnership with the City of Manteca Parks and Recreation Department will be planting shrubs and trees on the north side of the building. City Parks Operations Manager Cody Ross and his crew have already done the preparation work at the area that is being re-landscaped which included removing old growth.

This side of the library that is being beautified is the one fronting West Center Street which is the library’s main entrance. It’s also the side where Manteca’s Veteran’s Memorial honoring all the local heroes who gave their lives for their country and freedom is located. The memorial is where the flag pole is located on your left side when you enter the library.

The landscaping facelift on the south side of the library facing the parking lot was completed last year. The redbuds and the ground-hugging shrubs that were planted during the 2013 Arbor Day are now in bloom. Some of the trees, which were donated by the garden club, were planted in memory of members who have passed on. This year, one of the trees that will be planted will honor the memory of Joan Collins, a longtime garden club member and former president. Collins was also a Manteca business owner for many years.

“All the prior trees and plants donated by the club have cheered the library up tremendously and makes me proud to be a participant,” said garden club secretary Pam Dias.

The tree planting on Friday, April 25, will take place at 9 a.m. The public is invited.

The landscaping around the library is not the only beautification contribution the club has contributed to the popular public gathering area in downtown Manteca. Part of the landscaping accentuating the multimillion-dollar expansion and improvement of the Library Park a few years ago was also contributed by the garden club as part of its community beautification mission. The park improvement included the installation of murals along the western side of the park, part of which serves as a backdrop to the Antone Raymus entertainment gazebo.

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