Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Duke Gardens award winners

Please join us in congratulating Chuck Hemric for his 2009 Marsha Riddle Lifetime Achievement Award from the N.C. Association of Volunteer Administration (read about it here).

Also, Stefan Bloodworth, curator of the H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, has won two awards for his work at the Gardens and as an independent landscaper.

The first is The North Carolina Native Plant Society Award for Landscape Design with Native Plant Materials, which recognizes "the exemplary use of native plant material in a public garden in a manner that also promotes such use in home and business landscapes."

The second is the Golden Leaf Award for Community Appearance, for his work at 1106 Anderson St.

"The attractive use of seasonal and location-appropriate plants make a charming statement about how landscape can be attractive and well groomed while conserving water and the environment. The landscaping adds a breath of fresh air to the location's stale past," the award announcement says. "As one judge put it, 'The lovely landscaping is a gift to all who drive down Anderson.' "

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