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History of the Taos Library Garden

Friends of the Taos Public Library put in a garden on the present site as a beautification project. It was a very nice garden but wasn’t maintained by the town and became overgrown and disappeared. What was left was a pile of rocks and weeds and it was an eyesore on the library grounds. 

Prior to 2014, the Taos Garden Club had approached the Friends’ board about restoring the garden but nothing came of it. After Ken Harrold joined the Board he offered to contact the Garden Club and see if we could get the restoration underway. The Friends board unanimously approved the restoration of the garden if we could get financial help from the Garden Club and the approval of the town. 

Members of the Friend’s Board met at the site with the then Library Director, representatives from the Town and Theresa Taggart from the Garden Club. The representatives from the Town said that they were fine with us restoring the garden as long as we did the maintenance as they did not have the funds or the personnel to maintain it. The Friends board had already approved doing the maintenance as we did not want it to fall into disrepair again. The Friends applied for grants from the Garden Club to defrayed half the cost of the Garden and the project began. 

This garden was done as a beautification project for the Library and as a cultural and educational project with educational signs. Many Friends’ organizations have established library gardens as cultural and educational projects. Landscaping and maintenance of the Garden is funded by the Friends of the Taos Public Library. A draft MOU for the Town of Taos states the water for the Library Garden will be provided by the Town; all other costs for maintaining the garden will be the responsibility of the Friends of the Taos Public Library. 

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