–including many in Kingfield!
The top 2012 Minneapolis Garden Awards were presented at Metro Blooms’ Garden Awards event at Columbia Manor in Minneapolis in November 2012. Metro Blooms’ mission is to promote and celebrate gardening, to beautify our communities and help heal and protect our environment.
Best Condo Garden was presented to Leonard Jordan, 19 West 38th Street. This beautiful garden is a gift to all the owners of the building and to the neighborhood as well. The condo association pitches in to support the garden which was previously hard ground full of rocks, cement and debris. Leonard believes the garden increases good feelings in the area and has wonderful therapeutic benefits.
Best Neighborhood Collaboration was presented to the neighbors on the block of 36th Street and Garfield Avenue South. Most of the neighbors on this block have stunning front yard gardens and planted boulevards. Gardens feature everything from water features to art objects to vegetables. The gardens in this neighborhood have promoted fellowship and have beautified their corner of the city. Nate Siegel Award was presented to Chris Turpen. The Nate Siegel Award, named after one of the founding board members of Metro Blooms, isn’t given out every year. However, this year Chris Turpen, who lives in the neighborhood which received the best neighborhood collaboration award, was well-deserving as he is an outstanding gardener who has beautified not only his own property but inspired many neighbors to create beautiful gardens as well. Read about others outside of of Kingfield as well! Best Boulevard Garden was presented to Kerry Sarnoski and Susan Lowum, 2901 West 40th Street. The garden is filled with plants with sentimental meaning as Kerry and Susan have received plants and seeds as gifts from many friends and neighbors. The garden also serves as a habitat oasis for bees, small humming birds and rabbits, which are always welcome. Best Business Garden was presented to Top Shelf, Inc., John Meegan, owner, 3040 Lyndale Avenue South. The gardens outside Top Shelf are as colorful as the silk ties and fabrics offered inside. The garden brings the community together as neighbors share their plants, friends help with maintenance and pedestrians admire the garden. Best Business Raingarden was presented to Sentyrz Market, Walt Sentyrz, owner, 1612 2nd Street NE. Five beautiful raingardens and a native prairie surround Sentyrz Market, which add to the unique and outstanding quality the store has possessed since its opening in 1923. With the help of Metro Blooms, the Kiwanis Club, employees and countless volunteers Walt created gardens which work together to capture 100% of the runoff from his property. Best Community Garden was presented to the Southeast Franklin Avenue Community Garden, Del Hampton and Seth Warner, head gardeners, 2001 Franklin Avenue SE. What began as a neglected city lot has become a neighborhood triumph. This bountiful garden includes flowers, vegetables, rain barrels and a hefty compost pile. Neighbors are always encouraged to help out and receive seeds and tasty vegetables in return. Best Congregation Garden was presented to All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church, Reverend Kevin Downer and member Ron Snell, 3100 Park Avenue South. Reverend Downer believes that “how well you tend to your grounds tells how you tend to your people.” All God’s Children received raingardens as part of Metro Blooms’ Neighborhood of Raingardens work in the Powderhorn Neighborhood and have kept the gardens looking beautiful ever since. Best Container Garden was presented to Hunt & Gather Antiques, Kristi Stratton, owner, and Tommy Brandt, employee, 4944 Xerxes Avenue South. Hunt and Gather Antiques aims to catch the eye of passersby and this garden, with its whimsical and unique containers, certainly does. Best Environmental Steward Garden was presented to Meleah Maynard and Mike Hoium, 4453 Washburn Avenue South. Inspired by great gardens that Meleah and Mike had visited, they decided to make their front yard one as well. Now their garden includes composting, rain barrels and a wonderful habitat of native perennials for the local wildlife. Best Public Raingarden was presented to the University of Minnesota, TCF Bank Stadium. An entire city block of plantings surround TCF Bank Stadium, a feat which took three years to implement but much longer to plan, was designed by Populous and Mike Jischke with SRF Consulting Group. These beautiful gardens set a precedent for future construction on campus and are very effective ways to raise awareness of raingardens as thousands of people pass them by on any given day. Best Residential Garden presented to Anna and Tom Erbes, 4737 Blaisdell Avenue South. Tom is an artist and Ann was a principal at Frost Lake School and is very creative and talented in her own right, so it’s only fitting that their garden should reveal such creativity from the wavy path of recycled pavers to the oasis feeling of the garden. Best Residential Raingarden was presented to Mary Martini and Stuart Goldstein, 358 Roslyn Place. Mary and Stuart are on the board of Friends of Diamond Lake and participated in the “Go Blue” neighborhood installation project. With the design assistance of Bryan Pynn of Metro Blooms and Don Felix of Signature Patio they’ve created a raingarden that is now being used to educate neighborhood children. If you’d like to recognize a gardener, you can nominate your favorite garden for a 2013 Minneapolis Garden Award online at www.metroblooms.org. Nominations for a 2013 award are due in July of 2013. For more information on specific awardees please contact Barbara Speltz at 612-801-9321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.