Library’s Japanese Garden found vandalized

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Weekend Times

An unknown culprit or culprits wrought major damage late Thursday night or early Friday morning to the Japanese Garden located on the grounds of the Carbondale Public Library.

Judy Schwegman of the Evergreen Garden Club, which maintains the garden, said the site was found with parts of a retaining wall dislodged, several trees demolished and a bench completely destroyed.

Library Director Diana Brawley Sussman said the unknown suspect or suspects cut limbs from several trees, pulled up boulders that form the retaining wall and generally just destroyed the property.

“They pulled up huge boulders and cracked them,” she said. “They just destroyed the work of a lot of volunteers.”

Brawley Sussman said the library has no video surveillance of the grounds, although plans already were in place to have such a system installed next week. She said she was confounded by the senselessness of the crime.

“I don’t know what on earth someone’s motivation might be,” she said.

Schwegman said a police report would be filed. Police Chief Jeff Grubbs was unable to confirm such a report Friday afternoon.

The Japanese Garden opened on the library grounds in 1988 and is maintained solely by the Evergreen Garden Club.