Beautification Awards 2005

Beautification Awards
September 2005
Chosen By: Bay County Historical Society

 

Mike and Colleen Trecha
312 Green Avenue

Plantings are inviting and welcoming from both street frontages. Ornamental grasses, fruit trees, annuals and perennials add to the variety of plantings. The historical character of the house and garden complement each other.

 
Bay County Library
1709 32nd Street708 Center Avenue

Well maintained and attention to detail of public use. Each year the garden areas at both he front and rear of the library contain a splash of color and bloom. This is the library's last year at this location and deserves to be recognized for its contribution to the Center Avenue Historical District.

 

Gephart Funeral Home
1709 32nd Street201 Midland Street

Located in the Midland Street Historic District and a long standing business in the area. This place of business rose above the other funeral homes that also do an excellent job of landscaping their grounds. Multiple colors are selected each year to highlight the building and parking areas.

 
 
 

Beautification Awards
August 2005
Chosen By: Northeastern Michigan Rosarians

 
Harley Holsinger
3083 Candlestick Lane

We visited several addresses and this one won hands down. They have great curb appeal and a very well tended lawn. Flower beds were nicely edged with stone and mulched down. Annuals and perennials provided wonderful color and drew your eye to their yard. They have nice accent pieces to complement the ornamentals and flowers that are in the front yard.

 

Discount Muffler
1709 32nd Street100 N. Euclid Ave

Most people don’t think of a business like a tire or muffler shop having flowers or plants around their establishment, but Discount Muffler is an exception. They do an outstanding job of beatifying their business. They have a limited amount of soil in which to make a flower bed with all the concrete and asphalt around their shop, but every year, a gentleman (I’m assuming the owner) can be seen planting annuals in the early spring. His flower bed remains bright and colorful all summer and fall and provides a very pleasant view along Euclid. We believe it proves that everyone can add blooms and beauty to our city if they the take time and try even with a very small space.

 
Saint Mary's Church
1709 32nd Street607 E. South Union

While St. Mary’s is on South Union and looks good all around the church, the best view can be had by going South on Walnut and entering their parking lot from Walnut. They feature numerous flower beds with great color and a great variety of ornamentals and statuary.

 
 
 
 

Beautification Awards
July 2005
Chosen By: Bay City Garden Club

 

The Workman and Asbury Homes
Sixth Street

Neighbors and Friends that garden together, share plants and ideas, assist each other with outside projects; these homes with Beautiful curb appeal and outstanding yards/gardens, will SHARE this months award!! These homes have been restored with inviting front gardens and porches, that compliment each other. The Workman's believe in recycling..........having used the old torn out front sidewalk in the back for the pond wall and for borders throughout the yard. Wrought iron from a neighbors front porch is now used as an arbor. At the same time in the Asbury's garden, Ann built her own arbor! These neighbors work together to keep "alittle bit of heaven"on 6th St..................both homes having ponds and fountains, arbors and sculptures, heritage plants and color galor!!

 
McDonald's Restaurant
1709 32nd StreetCenter Ave.and Pine

Owner's Jim and Joanne Luth are enjoying the first blooming season of their entirely new landscaping project, completed fall 2004. The use of perennials, now in bloom, start at the very moment you drive in, following you all around the business, even at the 'drive-through' and continues until you pull away!! Magnificent use of plant material, which will bloom and create interest year around is a welcome contrast to the hard-scape. The owner's wanted to capture a Victorian garden feel to coordinate with the inside renovations.

 

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH
1709 32nd StreetThird Street

The red geraniums in white pots, matching the church colors, are real eye-catchers!! The colors 'pop' out at curbside.....drawing the eye over to the statue of St. Joseph. Behind him, peeking over the white wall, an unusual red Japanese maple pulls you inside to the peaceful serenity of "Mary's Garden." As one enters this courtyard, White "Easter" lilies are in bloom which seems so appropriate to welcome visitors. Beautiful roses line the winding path through this garden.

 
 
 

Beautification Awards
June 2005
Chosen By: Master Gardener Association

 
Amy Rushman
2150 Third Street

Newly-constructed home complements the street's architecture. Stone edging matches one of the home's colors. Well-chosen plants add pools of color and texture within a beautifully-maintained lawn. Attractive mosaic diamond patterns on the front walk offer a pleasant surprise to visitors. Hanging baskets on the traditional white wood porch complete the clean, crisp, and colorful effect of the home from the street.

 

Gregory Construction
1000 Third Street

The new low-lying building and expansive beautifully-maintained lawn are pleasant features on this busy avenue. In keeping with the nature of the business, innovative building materials, such as a metal roof, are included in a fairly traditional brick building to demonstrate how such materials can blend unobstrusively into most styles of architecture. Well-chosen plants fit the scale of the building, framing it and the company sign in a pleasing manner. The property offers an open, airy view from any angle to those passing by.

 
Cornerstone Mission
800 Woodside Avenue

A large water fountain on one side of the entrance and a statue of St. Francis on the other offer a message of tranquility and generosity to visitors. Whimsical collections of pots, each planted with colorful annuals, delight passersby and make all feel welcome. Tidy edgings and careful maintenance keep the front yard dazzling throughout the season. Beautiful antique lamps at the entrance add elegance and match the Victoriana of the fountain and statue. The colors and shapes in this small yard enhance the appearance of the street.

 
 
 

Beautification Awards
May 2005
Chosen By: Bay Arts Councel

 

Gary and Nancy Mueller
125 Bay Shore Drive

The committee was impressed with their layout of the gardens and because they used perennials extensively, they could see the work that has been done. The also felt the gardens were designed to accentuate the design of the house

 
Art Van Furniture Store
4150 E. Wilder Road

While there is an attractive green belt along Wilder Road in the area of Art Van, the committee felt that Art Van goes over and above with their landscaping and flowers. The flowers have not yet been put in but the shrubs have been trimmed and the plot is prepared for the flowers. The committee recommendation was made on the basis of the last couple of years based on the overall appearance. Again it's early to expect them to be planted, but our conversation with the management indicated that they would be planted soon.

 

Davenport University
3930 Traxler Court

While there is an attractive green belt along Wilder Road in the area of Art Van, the committee felt that Art Van goes over and above with their landscaping and flowers. The flowers have not yet been put in but the shrubs have been trimmed and the plot is prepared for the flowers. The committee recommendation was made on the basis of the last couple of years based on the overall appearance. Again it's early to expect them to be planted, but our conversation with the management indicated that they would be planted soon.