Hanging boulder

In the summer of 2005, Cha Cha and Elizabeth Black noticed that the two flower beds in front of the Canyon Gallery of the Boulder Public Library were desolate and empty, covered with bark-mulch.

Due to the past drought and the current City budget crisis, there was no money to plant or care for these flower beds. We thought this was a wonderful opportunity to create something beautiful. We approached the Parks Department, and offered to adopt these beds, and create an Eccentric Garden here.

Cha Cha and Rebecca DiDomenico planned the paths and sculpture placement.

With donated plants, materials, and labor from the Eccentric Artists’ group, area businesses, and the City, we have raised $10,483 of in-kind and cash contributions to date, and have created the Eccentric Library Garden. Our group will be taking care of the gardens over the next two years.

Elizabeth, Cha Cha, Rebecca, and many others planted donated plants.

We installed a permanent sculpture base in the Eccentric Library Garden. It is a 4 foot square concrete pad with an extra security bolt on the side to chain pieces to.

Sculpture here will change annually, giving area sculptors a new opportunity to show their outdoor work. The base is currently home to a Bill Vielehr bronze sculpture, donated to the City by Crossroads Mall. Cha Cha will be the next artist to show here in September of 2006. Would you like to show your sculpture here? Click here to learn more about the sculpture pad and exhibit opportunities.

The Eccentric Library Garden has helped to beautify the City campus and create a collaborative community project. We will be sandblasting stones with donor’s names, and placing them in the path at the Eccentric Library Garden, to give our donors public recognition. Would you like to donate to our project and get a stone in the path with your name on it? Contact Cha Cha, and let her know.

New Project for 2006:
The Eccentric Sound World.
We will be installing a new permanent sound component to the Eccentric Library Garden, which will rejuvenate your sense of wonder and awe.

Click here for Daily Camera article about the Eccentric Library Garden.

The 2006 Eccentric Artists’ Garden Exhibit and Tour enlightens our community to the magic of garden as art and artistry in gardens. The Library Exhibit shares that magic with a broad audience;

the Eccentric Library Garden enchants daily passers-by all
year long;

the Garden Tour intimately involves participants in the magic of unique Boulder garden spaces. We hope to inspire more people to become gardeners, more gardeners to become artists, and more artists to share their vision with their entire community.

This project would not be possible without the generous support of our donors. Many thanks to all of them!

Donated Design and Labor
Sculpture installation
by Bill Vielehr Sculpture

Stone placement
by Kevan Krasnoff

Organization and labor

by Cha Cha and Elizabeth Black

Garden design and labor
by Rebecca DiDomenico

Donated Services
Floodplain variance
by Boulder City Manager

Sprinkler design and installation
by Boulder Parks Department

Donated Materials
Stone by Tribble Stone

Topiary tree by Steven Perry

Sprinkler components by
Boulder Water Conservation Office

Sand-blasted rocks
by Cashman Signs

Xeric groundcovers
by Harlequin’s Gardens

Iris by Long’s Gardens

Xeric perennials
by Paul’s Secret Gardens

Succulent propagation
by Windsong Farms

Butterfly-attracting plants
by George Peters and Melanie Walker

Plants from the gardens of
Jennifer Heath
Sherry Hart
Rebecca Didomenico
Elizabeth Black
Kristine Smock
Barbara Griek
Walker and Peters
Priscilla Cohan
Mary Hey

Compost by Western Disposal

Concrete by Front Range Precast

Bark-chips by Kevin Brown

Red Breeze finings
by Pioneer Sand and Gravel

Donated Cash
Lisa Prassack
Lynne McDougal
Marsha Walker
One Boulder Fitness
Gail Skinner
Maggie Wilde

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Left garden beginning
Final north garden
Right garden before
What the flower beds used to look like. (south bed)
Right garden after
Rock on truck
Rock placing
Laying the base
Kevan and boulder
Krasnoff and boulder
Rebecca DiDomenico and Cha Cha plan the garden. (north bed)
Kevan places rock
Sculpture slab
Early one morning Kevan Krasnoff and friends
Here is the finished north bed last fall, with the Krasnoff rock-sculpture and topiary tree.
Here is the finished south bed last fall, with the Bill Vielehr sculpture.
The orange colored slab behind the rock-lined path
is the new sculpture base.
Tony Glorioso rototilled the beds and designed and installed sprinklers.
Kevan Krasnoff places rocks for rock-sculpture.
(No, he is not doing this with his mind. There is a boom-truck out of the frame).
Another view of the south bed with the Bill Vielehr sculpture in place.