Duncan Library Wins City’s 2015 Beautification Award for a Public Building



The Alexandria Beautification Commission has selected the James M. Duncan Branch Library for its 2015 Beautification Award for a public building. The award will be presented on Monday, September 28 at 7:30 PM at the George Washington Masonic Temple – located at 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA 22301.

Phase 1 of the Duncan Library Landscaping Plan was completed in 2014. The Circle Garden and new Butterfly Garden are part of the second phase of the Landscaping Plan, which also includes an irrigation system as well as several new benches.

The plan was submitted to the City Horticulturist and Library Administration. Phase 1 of the project was designed and installed by Mr. Sam Rich from The Green Side and fully funded by the Friends of the Duncan Library.

Duncan Branch Library is the first City of Alexandria facility with an ecologically friendly rooftop, often referred to as a Green Roof. The vegetation and soil of a “green roof” reduce rainwater to sewer run-off and naturally filter water that is discharged. Duncan’s Green Roof was sown in early 2005 with a variety of sedum; the same species of plants have been placed throughout the landscaping of the Duncan Library grounds.

For more information about the Beautification Award, please visit this link or contact Elaina Palincsar, Landscaping Chair, at 703-548-1585.

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