Beautification Awards 2016
Congratulations to the 8th Biennial Beautification Contest Award Winners
Best in the City - 1 Broadview Farm Road
This stunning property has created many separate gardens. Espalier fruit trees, a huge drift of daylilies, bountiful blooming mophead hydrangeas, heirloom roses, an herb bed, and a stone path that invites guests to walk through lush planting beds make this garden attractive and welcoming.
Best Commercial – 600 Emerson Road
Creve Coeur Center
The common ground beckons employees and visitors to enjoy the serene outdoor environment. Whether viewing the mated pair of mute swans with their offspring while having lunch on tables beside the fountained lake, or taking in the well-designed array of planted hydrangeas, roses, hostas and other perennials, it is entirely possible to leave the stress of the workday back at the office.
Best Use of Small Space – 49 Morwood Lane
Robert & Betty Levy
While meandering through the backyard gardens, visitors will marvel over numerous containers expertly planted with annuals, perennials and tropical plants, accented with decorative black Japanese stone to create a peaceful setting.
Best Use of Native Plants – 220 Carlyle Lake Drive
Dozens of beautiful well-placed Missouri native plants have been methodically labeled with their botanical and common names. Unusual shrubs, trees and evergreens coexist with perennials, annuals, spectacular containers and whimsical garden art.
Best Water Feature – 373 Hibler Court
Ralph & Pat Merola
This backyard transformation is true perfection. A cascading water feature, complete with numerous waterfalls is Zen-like. Each large, flat stone is precisely placed so that water rolls over it, falling peacefully onto the next stone, and downward to a small pond. Hostas, large and small, add to the tranquil, shade-filled setting.
Best Stormwater Solution/Raingarden – 700 Fairways Circle
This homeowner made lemonade from lemons. When heavy rains turned his side yard into a swamp, he created a dry creek bed. Rainwater passes through the dry creek, to a French drain, then divertes to a new garden bed. The new perennial bed is bermed, beautifully edged with stacked flagstone and boasts the biggest acanthus (bear’s breeches) in the West County area!
Best Butterfly Garden – 348 S. Mason Road
Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School
The property demonstrates the school’s commitment to getting students outdoors, exploring nature and creating gardens as part of the educational process. Second grade students created the winning butterfly garden with milkweed, butterfly weed, aster and other pollinator-friendly plants, while other grades have created a sensory garden with a water feature, prairie and vegetable gardens. Artwork complements the butterfly garden, giving the gardens a real sense of whimsy.
Best Subdivision/Condominium Entrance/Common Ground - Corner of Mason and Conway roads
Broadview Farm Subdivision
The subdivision entrance has lovely stone pillars adorned with hand painted slate entrance signs and topped with copper Charleston-style lanterns. The planting beds are very welcoming, containing oakleaf hydrangeas, begonias, daylilies and dusty miller.