New Hanover County Public Library, in cooperation with the New Hanover County Arboretum, NC Cooperative Extension, and North Carolina Sea Grant, installed demonstration gardens to showcase Coastal Landscapes Initiative (CLI) native plant designs. The Coastal Landscapes Initiative is a new collaborative effort to address landscaping at every stage of the process, from planning and design to installation and management. The addition of educational garden signage lets library patrons and others in the community know how they, too, can create landscaping with native plants that are environmentally friendly, low-maintenance, and beautiful.
“The garden signage is critical to the educational part of the project. The signs provide names for the plants and landscape designs used in the Coastal Landscapes Initiative (CLI) gardens as well as links to resources for citizens to create their own native-plant landscape designs.” — Patricia Dew, Former Librarian, New Hanover County Public Library
The Coastal Landscapes Initiative (CLI) demonstration gardens combine several goals. They add attractive landscaping to the new Pine Valley Branch Library, located in Wilmington, NC. They also use native plants which provide a pollinator-friendly landscape solution to protect local pollinators. Additionally, the project was a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with the New Hanover County Arboretum and its public education goals. The gardens will provide an opportunity for library and arboretum volunteers and Master Gardeners alike to work with native plants for years to come.
Project coordinators designed six panels to install around the gardens. The panels were designed to be displayed on Frameless Post Mount exhibit bases. Pannier manufactured the Gel Coat Laminate panels and bonded them to aluminum backer plates with sleeves, which allows the fame to mount securely over the customers’ wooden posts. Single or multiple post configurations are available. Please note that Pannier does not provide wood posts for any Post Mount style exhibit bases.
Pannier offers Frameless exhibit base styles for a sleek and streamlined frame option while providing the same benefits as framed exhibit bases. Simple and sturdy on one center post, the Single Post Frameless exhibit can be either angled or upright. This base is ideal if your panel is 24 inches wide or less. When your panels are too large to be supported with one single post, Pannier recommends using a Double Post Frameless structure. Frameless mounts also allow the option for panels to be Cut-to-Shape. Read more about Pannier Cut-to-Shape panels in the USACE Pittsburgh District project highlight.
“Pannier provided hard-copy proofs of the panel designs for the New Hanover County team to review and was responsive to the changes we had along the way. The graphic designer we hired for the project was familiar with and had used Pannier in the past with favorable results.” — Patricia Dew, Former Librarian, New Hanover County Public Library
For more information on Pannier Graphics’ outdoor interpretive signs, panels, exhibit bases, and frames, browse our website or fill out a contact form. We look forward to an opportunity to help you with your next signage project.