Repair Library's Japanese Garden

$5,725 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 44 people in 14 months
Diana Brawley Sussman  CARBONDALE, IL
On the morning of January 28th we discovered that the Japanese Garden at the Carbondale Public Library had been vandalized. All of the limbs were cut off of two Japanese maples, boulders were unseated from the retaining wall, the stone bench and flagstones were cracked, plants trampled, signage pulled from the earth and cracked in half.

The garden was built from 1985-1988 by the Evergreen Garden Club, and has since been lovingly maintained by the club's volunteers. Year after year, they've raised funds and generously donated their own time, money and materials to plant, weed, trim, and mulch the garden. In 2012 they commissioned a beautiful stone retaining wall, artfully crafted by a local mason, thoughtlessly damaged by vandals.

There is a Japanese word, Kintsugi, which refers to finding beauty in repairing that which is broken. This campaign is an act of Kintsugi. Please join us in this act of beauty.

Needs:

$840 masonry repair
$428 replacing and planting 1 large Japanese maple
$133 labor to plant 1 donated tree
$599 replacing mulch, damaged plants, path stones
$500 annual maintenance
$____ any further donations will be used to maintain and enhance the Japanese Garden

Donors will receive a thank you acknowledgement from the Carbondale Public Library for their tax deductible donation.

Thank you.
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Update 3
Posted by Carbondale Public Library
14 months ago
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Thanks to many generous donors, there will be enough funds to repair, and even improve the Japanese Garden. The Evergreen Garden Club now plans to expand the garden, and to incorporate the stone from the broken bench into the space. As referenced in our fundraising effort, this is truly an act of Kintsugi--beauty enhanced by repairing that which is broken.

We have been so touched by the outpouring of public support. Through generous volunteer efforts and donations, misfortune is transformed into opportunity. It is truly an honor and a privilege to be part of such a creative, collaborative, and generous community. The improved Japanese Garden is testament to that honor. Thank you so much for spreading the word, and for all of the very meaningful contributions.
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Update 2
Posted by Carbondale Public Library
14 months ago
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Your donations mean so much to the volunteers in the Evergreen Garden Club who've worked on the garden for 30+ years. Repair work begins next week. Thank you for helping us to heal and beautify the damaged garden!
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Update 1
Posted by Carbondale Public Library
14 months ago
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Thanks so much to everyone who has donated so far! We're getting much closer to meeting all of our expenses. Please help if you can and share the link!
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Felicia Hamberg
14 months ago

I was wondering of other ways of helping. Contact me on Facebook please?

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Diana Brawley Sussman
14 months ago

The insurance deductible is $1,000. We considered filing a claim, but it would almost certainly cause our rates to rise, and then we'd be paying for this over and over again in the years to come.

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Kimberly Talley
14 months ago

Did the Library consider filing a claim on their property insurance? Is that an option? I would believe that vandalism would be a covered loss if coverage exists the city is not fully self insured. Otherwise maybe the deductible is very high. Just a thought if it has not been considered.

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$5,725 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 44 people in 14 months
Created February 11, 2016
Diana Brawley Sussman  
$25
Anonymous
13 months ago
KS
$100
Ken and Alisa Simpson
13 months ago
$25
Darby Ortolano
13 months ago
MO
$25
Mary O'Hara
13 months ago
$50
Anonymous
13 months ago
$3,000
Anonymous
14 months ago
1
1
JC
$37
Jennifer Corletto
14 months ago
ST
$500
Susan Tulis
14 months ago
CM
$20
Cindy Massie
14 months ago
$50
Anonymous
14 months ago
Felicia Hamberg
14 months ago

I was wondering of other ways of helping. Contact me on Facebook please?

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Diana Brawley Sussman
14 months ago

The insurance deductible is $1,000. We considered filing a claim, but it would almost certainly cause our rates to rise, and then we'd be paying for this over and over again in the years to come.

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Kimberly Talley
14 months ago

Did the Library consider filing a claim on their property insurance? Is that an option? I would believe that vandalism would be a covered loss if coverage exists the city is not fully self insured. Otherwise maybe the deductible is very high. Just a thought if it has not been considered.

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