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Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008 01:40 am

Springfield in Bloom 2008 Winners

Beautification is contagious – since we began this program we estimate our participants have completed nearly 400 different projects – and have likely inspired 4000. Now that’s worth celebrating!

2008 marks the fourth year Illinois Times and Springfield Green have teamed up to challenge beautification- minded people to make Springfield cleaner and greener.
This year ninety-nine projects entered across four general categories: residential, business, non-profits and neighborhood groups.
Some projects involved existing gardens that are expanded and changed each growing season. Many were total makeover projects…ambitious and challenging regardless of the scale!
We applaud each project and each individual who got their hands dirty doing them.
The finalists were selected by votes from the general public and then ranked by a team of five judges who evaluated projects based on their degree of difficulty, overall composition and curb appeal. We aren't able to
feature photos of each winning project here, but we invite you to view all the winners at www.springfieldinbloom.org.

Thanks to our sponsors for their generous support: Illinois National Bank, The Farmer's Market and new this year the Springfield Area Home Builders Association. Thanks to Kevin O'Dea and Neuhoff Media, WCFN and Fox 55 for their generous contributions to our promotional efforts. Thanks to Patrick Souva, John Buscher and Natasha Massey who handled the entries and our web site, Amber Sabin and the Springfield Green committees who support this community wide program. Katy Stephens and Lisa Ellis at INB. And special thanks to Sara Davis of Illinois Times - we couldn't have done it without her commitment and organizational skills.

Outstanding Residential
Makeover Project of the Year

Ednita & Graham Murdock
937 South Feldkamp Ave.
When an 85 year old silver maple died it forced a complete makeover of this 2007 SIB award winning yard. What had been full shade is now full sun. They removed old soil and thousands of roots and replaced with new top soil and all new plants.

1st Place Neighborhood Garden Project
West Laurel Street Neighborhood Association
Mary Jo Potter & Jill Egizii

Rob Salefski designing 10 beds for the boulevards along W. Laurel Street. There are red roses, burning bushes, tall and short grasses, daffodils, and crab trees. The neighbors donated money to purchase the plants and help maintain them.
2nd Place: Near North Village • Third Place: Westbrook Apartments
Thinking Green Award Winner: Savannah Pointe Development

1st place Non-Profit Garden Project
Washington Park Lagoon- lower lagoon boardwalk area.
Springfield Parks Foundation, Volunteers

The Springfield Parks Foundation has a volunteer workday at least once a month throughout the year. Volunteers plant, weed, prune and do general clean-up at the lagoon. This year volunteers are responsible for planting nearly 400 new plants. The boardwalk area has never looked better and will continue to improve.
2nd Place: Southside Christian Church
Third Place: Illinois Department of Transportation
Education Award Winner: Master Gardner's Demonstration Garden
Awards of Merit: St. John's Breadline, Lincoln Library Planters

1st place Non-Profit Garden Makeover
Church of Little Flower, Rick Richards
900 Stevenson Drive

There are flower beds w/ stone borders, shrubs, and roses around the entire property. It was a complete makeover, nothing existed before.
2nd Place: Fifth Street Renaissance, Sara Center
Third Place: Lincoln Home Historic Site

1st place Residential Garden Project
Vince & Kay Toolen
6209 Mackenzie Place

A beautiful garden with shade and sun. Lovely arbors and treeline fences.
2nd Place: 2220 Greenside Drive • Third Place: 5 Forest Ridge Lane
Awards of Merit: 2711 Cob, 3501 Embassy Drive, 1023 North Fifth, 831 S. Henrietta, 1620 Outer Park, 1935 South Douglas

1st place Business Garden Project
Butler Funeral Home
900 S. 6th St.

Recent additions to the landscaping on their campus which includes Butler Funeral Home, The Butler Cremation Tribute Center and the offices of Roselawn Memorial Park.

2nd Place: Wolter, Beeman & Lynch • Third Place: Beaver Creek Woodworks • Awards of Merit: Hanson Professional Services,
Bill Mathews Auto Body, United Community Bank

1st place Residential Garden Makeover
Sharon L. Miner
1200 Cherry

This garden has the deeper brighter colors of Springfield in Bloom. Double roses, red hollyhocks, white Culver's Root, deep blue delphiniums, knock out roses, hot pink geraniums, purple salvia, and so much more.

2nd Place: 1638 North 5th • Third Place: 2037 S. State
Awards of Merit: 812 Wood Point Drive, 541-543 S. Douglas
Inspiration Award Winner: 531 South Douglas
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