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Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010 12:58 am

The capital city is bloomin’ beautiful

The sixth annual Springfield in Bloom winners


Spring rains, sweltering summer heat and those dang Japanese beetles made this yet another challenging year to be a flower gardener in central Illinois. And yet nearly 80 individuals and organizations stepped up and entered a project in the 2010 Springfield in Bloom competition.

This is the sixth year of this friendly beautification contest originated by Illinois Times and Springfield Green. The goal is to encourage neighborhoods, businesses and individual homeowners to green up the street side of their homes, businesses and common areas. Some projects are dramatic makeovers, others improve existing gardens and some are a combination. Earlier this week, Mayor Tim Davlin, sponsors, entrants, judges and friends of Springfield Green gathered to celebrate each of the 76 projects entered and present awards to those deemed “best” this year.

Pictured here are some the winning entries for 2010. Photos of each project that was a finalist is on display at www.springfieldinbloom.org.

Finalists were selected and then ranked by a team of five judges who evaluated projects based on their degree of difficulty, overall composition and curb appeal. First, second and third place winners in each of four categories receive a garden-ready award plus a gift certificate for plants from SIB sponsor Springfield’s Farmer’s Market. This year two nonprofit organizations will also receive a Farmer’s Market gift certificate along with a 15-foot tree donated by Knob Hill Nursery to encourage them to complete projects.

Thanks to sponsors Illinois National Bank, the Springfield Area Home Builders Association and Farmer’s Market. Illinois Times also gratefully acknowledges promotional assistance from our friends at Neuhoff Media, Fox 55, Alice 97.7 and Comcast Spotlight. –Sharon Whalen, publisher

Residential projects

Judges choice:
Mary Hudgins, 61 Frontier Lake Drive

1st place:
Don Martin / Moy Residence, 25 Wildwood Road

2nd place:
Annie Germann, 1101 Crescent Lane

3rd place:
Jack Butler, 2921 Cider Mill Lane

Honorable mention:
Judy Kramer, 6720 East State Route 54

Honorable mention:

Wilma Heckencamp/Sheila Albright 4109-4111 Camomile Lane

Business makeover projects

1st place:
Springfield Electric, 700 N. 9th St.

2nd place:
Flea Market to Fabulous, 816 S. Spring St.

Residential makeover projects

1st place:
Damon Priddy, 2522 S. State St.

2nd place:
Ron and Marilyn Miller 5624 Legacy Lane

3rd place:
Leslie and Julian Smith, 1708 S. Noble

Honorable mention:
Rita Lerch, 3500 N. Dirksen, Lot 265

Business gardens

1st place:
Cedar Point Apartments, 1666 Seven Pines Rd.

2nd place:
Culver’s, 4400 Wabash Ave.

3rd place:
Springfield Clinic, 1025 S. 6th St.

Neighborhood group projects

1st place:
Country Club Homeowners Association

2nd place:
Val-E-Vue Homeowners Association

3rd place:
Hawthorne Place Neighborhood Association

Special award for Outstanding Beautification Volunteer:
Kathy Smithey, Piper Glen

Honorable mention:
Vinegar Hill Neighbors, 902, 904, 908, 912 South First Street 

Nonprofit organization projects

1st place:
Illinois Executive Mansion, 410 E. Jackson St.

2nd place:
South Side Christian Church, 2600 S. MacArthur Blvd.

3rd place:
Spaulding Dam Entrance, 200 East Lake Dr.

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