Village properties recognized
The Slate Valley Garden Club hosted a tea Aug. 3 to say thank you to residents of the Village of Granville who go above and beyond when it comes to making their properties look attractive through the use of plants.
Six properties were recognized by the club and presented with a slate plaque marking them as winners for 2011.
The winners, listed below, included the village itself for the outstanding appearance of Veterans Park, club member Molly Celani said.
Accepting the award on behalf of the village, Denise Davies credited the entire department of public works with the results anyone who comes out to the Granville Summer Concert Series sees every Thursday.
“They put them where I ask them to and they do a great job,” Davies said. Three residential properties were recognized along with a new category of ‘commercially assisted’ created to recognize those who get professional help with the property’s exterior.
Receiving special recognition were Charlie King and Ernie Wood.
King purchased a water tank which attaches to a lawn tractor and can be used to water the flower boxes on Main Street while Wood volunteers to help maintain the flowers as well as watering them. Both men received the ‘green glove’ award – a pair of gardening gloves.
Club co-president Margie O’Brien said the garden club has worked on Main Street for the second summer in a row to help spruce things up with plantings in the flower boxes along the street.
For many years the garden club has given annual awards out to residential and commercial property owners who go the extra mile and put out a nice display of gardening.
Formerly the awards were handed out in October, when most of the gardening winners were recognized for had begun to die off as fall turned to winter.
This year members suggested the change in award times and also suggested approaching the village regarding designating the special day.
The Slate Valley Garden Club’s purpose is to provide an atmosphere of friendship and enjoyment to those who enjoy gardening and related activities.
Founded in 1974, monthly meetings continue to feature speakers, presentations and field trips with members taking turns providing light lunches. Other projects include scholarships to local graduates planning horticultural or environmental majors and to children participating in the Pember Museum’s adventure week during the summer.
The Slate Valley Garden Club presented awards on the newly named Granville Beautification Day in an afternoon tea held in the ballroom at The Forum. The categories included residential, residential (professionally assisted), commercial and municipal. The residential winners were judged to have the best gardens within the village of Granville; those gardens must be visible to the public from the street. Professionally assisted residential winners are home owners who have a commercial landscaper pitching in or creating a final product. Commercial winners are businesses who put up a ‘good front’ at their village business. The municipal award is given in recognition to the work of the village employees who go above and beyond in their upkeep of a site.
‘Peg’ Margaret R. Jenks, 24 Mettowee Street
Christy and Kenneth Andrews, 30 Mettowee Street
Patty and Bill Roberts, 7 Prospect Street
Lisa and John Manchester, 9 Berkowitz Drive
ETC. Kristin Gibson with Donna and George Henry, 6 North Street
Veterans Park, Village of Granville