Wilton Reading Garden
The Wilton Reading Garden is a commissioned addition to the Wilton Public Library that compliments the library’s southern elevation featuring large picture windows that pull views of the garden indoors. The space was designed to provide educational and quiet reflective spaces while also accommodating social gathering space for small public events. Goals for this garden included ensuring a controlled and ADA accessible entrance into the garden and library from the sidewalk and neighboring senior center and installation of a low-maintenance planting palette. Native flowering prairie vegetation was utilized to minimize maintenance and control costs by eliminating the need for an irrigation system. The native planting palette also contributes to the educational component and is featured on interpretive plaques throughout the garden that share information about Iowa’s native ecology. Hexagonal pavers were specified to build organic edges of the planting beds that created dynamic public and private spaces within the garden to encourage exploration and contemplation.