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Arroyo Seco branch library wants gardeners Saturday for cleanup project

February 3, 2011 |  3:34 pm

Nevinsbarberry Can Nevin's Barberry help the Arroyo Seco Branch Library stay beautiful? Opened in Highland Park in 2003, the library's river-rock exterior has been tagged by vandals, and the garden has fallen into disrepair. There aren't library funds available for cleanup, but library supporters -- and a thorny plant -- may be able to help.

Nevin's Barberry, a hardy shrub, will act as the library's natural defender. Eastsider LA reports that "once the plants grow, anyone considering tagging those walls they 'may want to put on a suit of armor,' " according to Trisha Gossett, who has led the project to revitalize the library's exterior.

On Saturday, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council is calling for volunteers to come out for a morning of weeding, pruning, planting and mulching. A welcome session begins and 8:30 a.m.; gardening activities kick off at 9 a.m. and continue until noon.

Those who arrive early -- anytime from 6:00 to 8:30 a.m. -- will be able to watch the exterior of the Arroyo Seco Branch Library get a power washing. And gardeners who stay for the duration will be treated to lunch.

In addition to the thorny Nevin's Barberry, donated security cameras will also be installed to help keep the library's exterior protected from vandals.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Image: A barberry illustration by Otto Wilhelm Thomé.

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