Del Mar Garden Club members give 100th anniversary boost to Del Mar Library’s succulents

With a centennial celebration planned for the 100-year anniversary of the Del Mar Library, members of the Del Mar Garden Club spruced up the branch’s succulents Oct. 29.

“I feel a sense of civic pride,” said Arline Paa, who has been a member of the club for 13 years. “I like to look at this building and think of all of the history, and I like to take care of it.”

“The library is near and dear to my heart,” added Marian Casazza, whose family donated a bench to the library in honor of her late mother, Janice Thuli Wilkinson, a longtime Del Mar resident. “I just want it to be beautiful, inside and out.”

The late Bill Teague, a former master gardener and horticulturist in Del Mar, collaborated with the Garden Club to design the library’s garden about five years ago, Paa said. The garden features succulents and highlights “The Wave,” a statue by artist James Hubbell that was donated to the library and has sat at the entrance since 1996.

The Garden Club, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, continues to maintain the garden, along with various other public gardens, including those at Del Mar’s City Hall and post office.

“It adds so much to our neighborhood and our community,” said Gale Bakker, president of the 65-member club, which was formed in September 1988. “It’s really something to be proud of.”