By Dianne Cornish • REVIEW STAFF
Two Flamborough couples – Robert and Hannah Lewandowski of 21 Weneil Dr., Freelton and Arie Vanspronsen and Lee Bolton of 2 Union St., Waterdown – were among Hamilton homeowners receiving Pink Trillium awards from the city last month in recognition of putting their gardening skills to work to beautify their properties.
Karen Brunsch, past president of the Flamborough Horticultural Society and chair of Flamborough’s Trillium Program, said the awards are given to homeowners whose gardens have that “extra wow” that attracts the attention and admiration of passers-by. Judges for the Pink Trillium awards looked beyond how attractive the gardens were, also assessing how the landscape enhanced and complemented the gardeners’s homes.
Two volunteer judges toured the top three or four White Trillium award-winning gardens in Flamborough in August to determine the Pink Trillum winners for wards 14 and 15. In early July, a different team of judges selected about 30 White Trillium winners after visiting the gardens of nominées.
The White Trillium award is a die-cast white trillium on a post, while the Pink Trillium award is a brass plaque featuring a pink trillium and the year the award was presented. Many winners display their awards in their gardens or near the entrance to their homes.
Ward 14 councillor Robert Pasuta presented the Pink Trillium awards to the Lewandowskis and Vanspronsen during a special celebration marking the opening of the city’s annual mum show at Gage Park on Oct. 18. Attendance to the evening festivities was “by invitation only,” said Brunsch, who attended the event along with the Pink Trillium judges and a committee member.
The Flamborough winners have both won the award before: the Lewandowskis, last year and Vanspronsen and Bolton, the year before. Pink Trillium award-winners also received a 16” x 20” photo of their garden as a gift from the city.
“I was very happy to receive the award; I’m proud of it,” said Vanspronsen, explaining that his garden has only been entered for the past three years, each time as a result of a nomination by another person in the community.
The Waterdown resident also credited Brunsch and her committee of volunteers for the work they do to encourage the beautification of area gardens through the Trillium Program. “They deserve a lot of credit,” he said.