Construction of the Davidson Public Art Commission’s long-awaited Book Garden project is moving forward once again and should open this fall, thanks to donations from Wells Fargo and Davidson residents David and Betsey Stewart.

The project, located on Main Street between the library side porch and CVS, will honor Davidson’s literary and academic history, provide a sheltered spot for reading and realize an artist’s creative vision.

In November 2009, the Davidson Public Art Commission chose J’Nell Bryson, a landscape architect, as the designer for the downtown Book Garden. Bryson designed a sculptural seating area for reading and relaxing under the large existing water oak and incorporated several works by sculptor Lydia Musco in the design.

In 2010, despite donations from David and Betsey Stewart, a $15,000 grant from Wells Fargo and financial support from the Arts and Science Council,officals delayed work on the Book Garden when several hoped-for grants didn’t materialize due to federal and state budget cuts.

This spring, Wells Fargo donated an additional $50,000 to complete of the project. The bank also is donating financial resources to the Ada Jenkins after-school program.

Jay Everette, Wells Fargo community affairs manager and a Davidson resident, said, “Wells Fargo is pleased to provide funding for this public book garden in Davidson. We support many learning and literacy programs. Providing funding for this unique public space beside the library where people can relax and read is one way we can give back to the community.”

Find more information on the progress of the Book Garden, at the website