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Woodsman Spare That Tree... Too Late
Clinton Elementary School Students

 For the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, facilities planning does not stop at the library door.  They took a difficult situation and turned it into a successful landscaping project that the whole community got behind with dollars and diggers.

Poughkeepsie Garden Club members, Jim Tallman Memorial Garden
When the Poughkeepsie Public Library District renovated and expanded its venerable main library, Adriance Memorial Library, in 2007, a popular local icon was inadvertently removed.  A fifty-year old crab-apple tree (lovely in the early spring but a maintenance mess in the fall!) was incorrectly earmarked for removal by the project’s construction manager.  After the tree was felled, the City of Poughkeepsie requested that the Library District hire a qualified historic landscape architect to develop an appropriate plan to address both the historic status of the Library as well as the role the building played in the local streetscape.  The Library District retained Hudson & Pacific (Saugerties, NY) to develop a Phase I arboretum plan whereby the Library District would plant, maintain, and document the growth of indigenous and traditional tree and flower species.

In developing the recently completed Phase II of the Library’s arboretum landscaping, the Library District recently honored several donors who had chosen to remember their loved ones and colleagues by supporting landscaping projects at Adriance Memorial Library. Key to this plan was the collaboration with the Poughkeepsie Garden Club. 

On Wednesday, October 31, the Library District held a brief ceremony in the library parking lot and then guided the donors on a tour of the various landscaped areas. Also present were 40 students from Clinton Elementary School who had planted tulips, daffodils and crocus bulbs the previous spring. The landscaping project was just one of several “naming opportunities” that have been offered to local residents by the Library District. On this chilly morning, the children were especially happy to see the hot apple cider and donuts that were served at the conclusion of the event.