For the first time in eight years, the two large planters at the entrance of the Suwanee Branch library contain plants thanks to a contribution from a local small business.

Mayer Landscape, a landscape management and design company in Suwanee, has adopted the Suwanee branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library as a showcase for the company’s landscape design services.

“We are very happy to be in Suwanee and wanted to give back to the community,” says Porth Monts, a manager for Mayer Landscape. “This seemed like a good way to add beauty to the community and at the same time let people see what we can do.”

Louise Goodman, HOA president of the nearby Stonecypher community, brokered the deal. Mayer Landscape provides lawn and landscape management services to Stonecypher. Mrs. Goodman approached Mr. Monts about donating landscaping for the library planters and he quickly accepted.

Mrs. Goodman is an avid reader and frequent visitor to the library. “I love gardening and have been bothered that these planters have been empty since the great recession hit,” she says. “They were just crying out for something beautiful.”

GCPL Executive Director Charles Pace appreciates the opportunity. “We’ve had individuals and community groups volunteer to clean up or enhance the landscaping at a few branches, but this is the first time a professional landscaping company has contributed their services and expertise to beautify one of our branches,” he says.

The planters are now filled with a mix of perennial plants and bulbs including Camellias, Nandina, Dwarf English Boxwood, and Dwarf Gardenia, Hyacinth, and Crocus.