Annual Lakeside Beautification Awards and Garden Tour

Posted on June 30, 2011

The Lakeside Beautification Awards Program honors those who have worked to promote the overall aesthetics of the grounds. Following the awards, visitors and other residents are invited to experience these landscapes at an accompanying Garden Tour.

The Awards Program and Garden Tour will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6. There is no fee to attend the tour.

A special gate pass to enter the grounds for the Garden Tour is available for $9, which includes daily auto fee, but does not include admission to the Hoover Auditorium performance. Tour attendees will be given a map of the winning gardens in Lakeside to explore on their own.

The Beautification Awards recognize four award classes, including public, business, feature and residential. The entries are judged by horticulture professionals who completed their evaluations of each garden.

The gardens have been judged on the following criteria: plant material; color texture and quality; design and construction; design and hardscape; and unification and overall appearance.

The award classes consist of public gardens, maintained by a group of amateur gardeners for public appreciation; business gardens, maintained on a commercial site by owner; residential gardens, professional or hobbyist; and feature gardens, an area planted and cared for by a hobbyist.

The areas include features such as formal garden bed, fountain, rock garden, water garden feature, groups of potted plants, unique vegetable garden or a beauty spot.

For more information about the Beautification Awards and Tour, contact Mary Ann Hirsch at (419) 798-4461, ext. 248.