2005 Program and Results
Local Gardeners Receive Awards from the City of Kawartha Lakes
The winners of the 2005 Green Thumb Garden Awards were announced in October at a ceremony to recognize their efforts, as well as the efforts of other community volunteers and organizations that contributed to the City’s 2005 Communities In Bloom program. First Place and Honourable Mentions were awarded in eight categories, and all nominees were awarded certificates.
Mayor Kelly, and Councillors Huke, Lawder, McGregor and Polito assisted with the presentation of the Awards and other Certificates of Appreciation. Mayor Kelly congratulated all nominees and volunteers, saying “I am so proud of all of you. You have put the City of Kawartha Lakes on the map. Thank you for all of your hard work.”
2005 is the second year that the City has awarded Green Thumb Garden Awards. Craig Shanks, Manager of Parks, Recreation and Culture announced the winners. “I am extremely pleased that we had almost double the number of nominations this year as we did last year and the nominees are from all parts of the city. I am looking forward to next year, when we hope to get more nominations in all of our categories.”
First Place in the Residential Garden Category, with an outstanding score of 100%, was awarded to Carol Wilson of Coboconk. Joe Saeta, also of Coboconk, received Honourable Mention.
First Place in the Community Group Category was awarded to Coboconk Horticultural Society, while Honourable Mention was awarded to Burnt River Blooms
Burnt River Blooms were especially congratulated by the National Judges of the Communities In Bloom Competition. “Burnt River is fantastic, and the local talent has a great sense of design style in their plantings…We encourage other community groups to visit this community and develop similar planting schemes.”
The work of the volunteer groups like Burnt River Blooms and Coboconk Horticultural Society resulted in the City of Kawartha Lakes being awarded the 2005 Scotts Best Community of Gardeners Award by the National Communities in Bloom organization. This award is presented to the municipality with the highest combined score in three of the eight evaluation criteria, regardless of size. It is one of the most prestigious awards that the Communities in Bloom organization presents.
The City scored almost perfect in the Community Involvement criteria with a score of 120.5 out of 125. “This is a true reflection of the work of the entire community, not just on this project but on making our City a great place to live, work and play,” said Mr. Shanks.
First Place in the Commercial Business Category was awarded to The Old Tin House, Kirkfield, while Honorable Mention was awarded to Norland Cross Country Ski and Recreation.
First Place in the Balcony Garden Category was awarded to Caroline Zawadzki of Lindsay.
Tied for First Place in the School Category were Bobcaygeon Public School and Ridgewood Public School in Coboconk.
First Place in the Residential Complex Category was awarded to Eakins Crescent Neighbours in Lindsay.
First Place in the Downtown Business Category was awarded to the Coboconk Post Office, while Honorable Mention was awarded to the Coboconk Community Funeral Home.
First Place in the Childrens Garden Category was awarded to the Children's Pioneer Vegetable Garden at Kawartha Settlers Village in Bobcaygeon.
The goals of the Green Thumb Garden Awards are to recognize individual, business, and group efforts in the beautification of the City of Kawartha Lakes and to provide inspiration for other residents and businesses to take pride in and make improvements to their own properties. Awards are given to the winning entry in each of nine categories, including residential, school, and commercial.