Request for Proposal – Landscape Design Services


Friends of the Paonia Public Library (“Friends”) and Delta County Public Library District (“District”) are seeking proposals from qualified landscape architects or designers to design a garden for the south side of the Paonia Library located at 80 Samuel Wade Road, Paonia, Colorado.

Scope of Work: Provide landscape design document(s) containing the following elements for the south side of the Paonia Library building —

  1. Design, selection, layout, such as paving materials, location of boulders (already on the property), and other landscape structures.
  2. Design, selection, layout, and specification of all plant materials, including root protection, soils, soil additives, and subsequent establishment.
  3. Design layout of irrigation.
  4. Do not include weed barrier in any design.

Additional Design Elements for Scope of Work:  The designer should keep in mind that the Friends and the District want xeric design that includes mainly native plants. Also, since the library is one of the properties at the entry to Paonia, the garden must be welcoming to visitors and residents alike. Preliminary discussions of garden layout have suggested the following plants:

  • Mountain Mahogany
  • Rabbit Brush
  • Salt Brush
  • Potentilla (yellow)
  • Apache Plum
  • Absinthe
  • Sand Cherry
  • Lavender
  • Smoke Bush
  • Yarrow
  • Ornamental Grasses (except the very large ones)
  • Ninebark
  • Hawthorne

Site Visit

  • A mandatory site visit will be held on Friday, June 7, 2024, at 12 noon at the Paonia Library, 80 Samuel Wade Road, Paonia, Colorado.
  • Site visit will provide an opportunity to assess and measure the site.

Instructions for Design Proposal Submission

  • Design proposal must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Monday, June 10, 2024.
  • Design proposal must include a cost breakdown of the scope of work elements.
  • Design proposal may include additional elements, for example, the Friends and District will consider proposals on obtaining the plantings and installing the plants after the topsoil and irrigation are in place.
  • Design proposal must be submitted as a PDF, to Laura Major, President of the Friends, by the above date, via email to


  • Friends and District will select and award design services by 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 14, 2024.
  • Design document(s) must be completed by June 21, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.

Additional Information

The Friends and the District will be requesting bids for installing topsoil and irrigation. If interested in providing those services, please contact Laura Major, President of the Friends (see below).

Contact Information:

For more information, please contact Laura Major, President, Friends of the Paonia Library

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