Cooper-Siegel Community Libraries

The Fritz Mitnick Welcome Garden at the Fox Chapel Branch

This garden at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library was planted in 2011 by Jim Mitnick to honor his wife, Fritz.  Fritz is an active member in our Club and has served as our president.  This garden includes Fritz’s favorite small trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials with an eye towards seasonal interest.  We have planted the native plant, Asclepias (Milkweed), to attract the Monarch butterfly.  Maps with plant identification are available to library patrons.  The garden has seating to provide visitors a place to read, chat or snack and is used for library programs.  In 2012, the garden received the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society’s Community Greening Award.  Fox Chapel Garden Club provides funding for plantings and hardscape, and many members help with general maintenance.


Sharpsburg Branch

The Fox Chapel Garden Club provided the funds for an outside art installation by Stephanie Flom at the Sharpsburg branch of Cooper-Siegel Community Library chronicling the Mayfly’s return to our rivers.  We also have gifted to signage and environmental education at the library.

The Fritz Mitnick Welcome Garden