Pathfinder Community Library opens up garden for public use

BALDWIN — What began with a $3,000 donation by Charles Dobry American Legion Post No. 133, three years ago, has enfolded into a beautiful garden, sowed with perseverance and love right at the Pathfinder Community Library for the public to enjoy.

The members of the American Legion post, with commander Nicolette McClure, had meetings at the library, and envisioned the back lot as a place of repose.

"They wanted to have a park where people could have lunch downtown because there was no place to take a picnic or do anything," Pathfinder Community Library Director Bonnie Povilaitis said.

After a lot of labor and raising money, everything began coming together. Wooden tables and chairs are set up on a spacious green lawn, as well as benches, some in the shade, others in the sun. A wide variety of flowers and ornamental shrubs and trees showcase the touches of seasons, adding a quaint charm. Sculptures and other ornaments create a whimsical setting. 

The Lake County Garden Club did the landscaping and planting, donations were given for cement, and the library saved up to put fencing in.

The project began about three years ago before COVID. A grand opening was planned Aug. 13 to share the completion of the project during the Baldwin Sesquicentennial Street Fair, however, rain interfered with outdoor events.

Although the event was canceled, the public is invited to begin utilizing the garden.

The garden is open during library hours.

"This is a nice spot if you have kids, or if you have an hour to kill before you have to go someplace, come here and read a book, and just have peace and quiet. Pack a sandwich, or if you're on your lunch hour for half-an-hour, come here, sit down and relax," Povilaitis said. 

"I have a wonderful board that has worked really hard for this and the garden club has just been amazing with the work they've done for us."