Friends of the Daniel Island Library dedicate new reading garden
What started as a request for an outside bench to give visitors to the Berkeley County Library on Daniel Island a place to sit and read has blossomed into a charming reading garden sanctuary thanks to efforts by the Friends of the Daniel Island Library.
All of the organization’s handiwork was evident on the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 25, when executives and members of the community joined together for a plaque dedication for the newly unveiled garden.
Daniel Island resident Vicki Danziger spearheaded the five year project that included developing a design, choosing appropriate plantings, providing hardscape and lighting and establishing irrigation and maintenance support to sustain the garden over time.
“I really didn’t have a vision,” said Danziger at the dedication. “I thought when they plunked two benches down and put them on the dirt and the mud, that we could maybe put something underneath and we could get a couple of pots for the front door and we’d be done. Five years later, it was a bigger undertaking than any of us realized. It turned out to be a labor of love and I personally am very proud to be able to get out of my car in the parking lot and walk to this. I really feel like it has turned into a sanctuary.”
While the idea started within the Friends of the Daniel Island Library (FDIL) group, both Danziger and Harvest Tour of Homes organizer Mary Ann Solberg emphasized that the project involved various players within the community.
“I want to thank the Daniel Island Company staff and the Berkeley County officials who helped in every way to complete the garden, down to installing the plaque for us,” said Danziger. “My gratitude to the Daniel Island Community Fund, because without the grants we received, I foresee we may have been working on this for another couple of years.”
Solberg echoed Danziger’s sentiments, adding that the FDIL just received a grant for another program for the library.
“We just received a grant from the community fund for our Love of Reading program, which I am personally so excited about,” said Solberg. “We will start it in the new year. It has a variety of components, but let me just tell you a couple. The first is an adult-child reading program, where we will provide books for an adult and a child so that they may read together. We will build Little Free Libraries around and we have a program that will supply large-print books to reading clubs at our two retirement complexes on Daniel Island.”
The dedication was a part of a week-long celebration in honor of the Harvest Tour of Homes’ 10 year anniversary. On Oct. 23, the Charleston City Council proclaimed the week of the tour as “Daniel Island Library Week.”