Wanted: beautiful Flamborough gardens for 2017 Trillium Awards program

WhatsOn May 18, 2017 by Brenda Jefferies Flamborough Review

Think your yard has what it takes to be a 2017 Trillium garden?

The program, which recognizes property owners for their contributions to community beautification, will open its nomination period at the end of May – and organizers hope to top the 2016 response tally.

“We had 93 nominations last year – which was up from 2015 – and we gave out 35 White Trilliums,” said Flamborough Horticultural Society member and Trillium judge Karen Brunsch.

Although the Flamborough program is run under the aegis of the Hamilton Trillium Awards, the two local wards of the city follow a slightly different process: rather than teams of volunteers dividing up a grid and setting out to judge each property – which just isn’t practical in the rural and suburban landscape – they rely on the nomination process. Electronic forms appear at right and hard copies will be available in the Review office at 30 Main St. N, and in the May 25 and June 1 editions of the paper. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Review office or mailed to Box 20, Waterdown, L0R 2H0.

The deadline for this year’s submissions is June 12.

Once the judges have their assignments, they will evaluate each location from the vantage point of those passing by.

“We really want to reward those people who make a significant difference in the community with their front gardens, what you can see from the street, either driving or walking by,” explained Brunsch.

Last year, the program introduced the Awards of Excellence, presented to commercial property owners who make the community look good through landscaping. Recipients included Kitching, Steepe and Ludwig Funeral Home in Ward 15 and the Freelton Lions Villa in Ward 14. “Any community property or business, any non-profit or public building, or any private multi-residence, like a condo (complex) can be nominated,” said Brunsch, noting that the garden stake plaque for the award is a soft pink colour instead of white. As well, the garden will be featured alongside the White Trillium winners during the celebration at Gage Park in October. Properties will also appear in a special section in the Review in August.

The evaluation process is the same for all properties: between July 2 and July 15, judges will score the elements of each garden; those that achieve a score of 85 or above earn the White Trillium designation.

In addition to design and maintenance, the judging team will be looking for the ‘wow’ factor that engages the viewer. It can be a hardscape item such as a statue or bench, or an interesting grouping of plants.

“There has to be something that draws your eye, then leads you to the rest of the garden,” said Brunsch “Like a room with a great painting, it catches your eye first and then you see the rest of the room works fine.”

“It takes two to three years for a garden to mature, so I’m looking forward to seeing new gardens this year,” said Brunsch. “In the new subdivisions, such as on Nisbet and Spring Creek, a lot of those gardens are established and some have some good bones to them and will be looking more full.”

As well, the Flamborough club has reached out to the Lynden Horticultural Society to promote nominations this year, and a couple of members have signed on to judge.

The highest scoring White Trillium winners are re-judged, and the top scorer in each ward of the city receives a Pink Trillium – last year’s winners were 2 Union St., Waterdown in Ward 15 and 21 Weneil Dr., in Freelton – and goes on to be considered for the Red Trillium, or the top garden in the city.

Residents looking for tips on how to spruce up their properties can join members of the Flamborough Horticultural Society for their monthly meetings, which are held the third Wednesday of each month at St. Thomas Parish Hall in Waterdown. As well, plenty of perennials available at the annual plant sale, which takes place on opening day of the BIA Farmers’ Market May 27 at the Waterdown Legion, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Brunsch said the sale offers a great way for novice – and not-so-novice – gardeners to pick up some great plants as well as advice.

“These plants all come from our gardens, so they will grow here,” she pointed out. “And we try to have a master gardener there to answer technical questions.”

Wanted: beautiful Flamborough gardens for 2017 Trillium Awards program

WhatsOn May 18, 2017 by Brenda Jefferies Flamborough Review

Think your yard has what it takes to be a 2017 Trillium garden?

The program, which recognizes property owners for their contributions to community beautification, will open its nomination period at the end of May – and organizers hope to top the 2016 response tally.

“We had 93 nominations last year – which was up from 2015 – and we gave out 35 White Trilliums,” said Flamborough Horticultural Society member and Trillium judge Karen Brunsch.

Although the Flamborough program is run under the aegis of the Hamilton Trillium Awards, the two local wards of the city follow a slightly different process: rather than teams of volunteers dividing up a grid and setting out to judge each property – which just isn’t practical in the rural and suburban landscape – they rely on the nomination process. Electronic forms appear at right and hard copies will be available in the Review office at 30 Main St. N, and in the May 25 and June 1 editions of the paper. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Review office or mailed to Box 20, Waterdown, L0R 2H0.

The deadline for this year’s submissions is June 12.

Once the judges have their assignments, they will evaluate each location from the vantage point of those passing by.

“We really want to reward those people who make a significant difference in the community with their front gardens, what you can see from the street, either driving or walking by,” explained Brunsch.

Last year, the program introduced the Awards of Excellence, presented to commercial property owners who make the community look good through landscaping. Recipients included Kitching, Steepe and Ludwig Funeral Home in Ward 15 and the Freelton Lions Villa in Ward 14. “Any community property or business, any non-profit or public building, or any private multi-residence, like a condo (complex) can be nominated,” said Brunsch, noting that the garden stake plaque for the award is a soft pink colour instead of white. As well, the garden will be featured alongside the White Trillium winners during the celebration at Gage Park in October. Properties will also appear in a special section in the Review in August.

The evaluation process is the same for all properties: between July 2 and July 15, judges will score the elements of each garden; those that achieve a score of 85 or above earn the White Trillium designation.

In addition to design and maintenance, the judging team will be looking for the ‘wow’ factor that engages the viewer. It can be a hardscape item such as a statue or bench, or an interesting grouping of plants.

“There has to be something that draws your eye, then leads you to the rest of the garden,” said Brunsch “Like a room with a great painting, it catches your eye first and then you see the rest of the room works fine.”

“It takes two to three years for a garden to mature, so I’m looking forward to seeing new gardens this year,” said Brunsch. “In the new subdivisions, such as on Nisbet and Spring Creek, a lot of those gardens are established and some have some good bones to them and will be looking more full.”

As well, the Flamborough club has reached out to the Lynden Horticultural Society to promote nominations this year, and a couple of members have signed on to judge.

The highest scoring White Trillium winners are re-judged, and the top scorer in each ward of the city receives a Pink Trillium – last year’s winners were 2 Union St., Waterdown in Ward 15 and 21 Weneil Dr., in Freelton – and goes on to be considered for the Red Trillium, or the top garden in the city.

Residents looking for tips on how to spruce up their properties can join members of the Flamborough Horticultural Society for their monthly meetings, which are held the third Wednesday of each month at St. Thomas Parish Hall in Waterdown. As well, plenty of perennials available at the annual plant sale, which takes place on opening day of the BIA Farmers’ Market May 27 at the Waterdown Legion, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Brunsch said the sale offers a great way for novice – and not-so-novice – gardeners to pick up some great plants as well as advice.

“These plants all come from our gardens, so they will grow here,” she pointed out. “And we try to have a master gardener there to answer technical questions.”

Wanted: beautiful Flamborough gardens for 2017 Trillium Awards program

WhatsOn May 18, 2017 by Brenda Jefferies Flamborough Review

Think your yard has what it takes to be a 2017 Trillium garden?

The program, which recognizes property owners for their contributions to community beautification, will open its nomination period at the end of May – and organizers hope to top the 2016 response tally.

“We had 93 nominations last year – which was up from 2015 – and we gave out 35 White Trilliums,” said Flamborough Horticultural Society member and Trillium judge Karen Brunsch.

Although the Flamborough program is run under the aegis of the Hamilton Trillium Awards, the two local wards of the city follow a slightly different process: rather than teams of volunteers dividing up a grid and setting out to judge each property – which just isn’t practical in the rural and suburban landscape – they rely on the nomination process. Electronic forms appear at right and hard copies will be available in the Review office at 30 Main St. N, and in the May 25 and June 1 editions of the paper. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Review office or mailed to Box 20, Waterdown, L0R 2H0.

The deadline for this year’s submissions is June 12.

Once the judges have their assignments, they will evaluate each location from the vantage point of those passing by.

“We really want to reward those people who make a significant difference in the community with their front gardens, what you can see from the street, either driving or walking by,” explained Brunsch.

Last year, the program introduced the Awards of Excellence, presented to commercial property owners who make the community look good through landscaping. Recipients included Kitching, Steepe and Ludwig Funeral Home in Ward 15 and the Freelton Lions Villa in Ward 14. “Any community property or business, any non-profit or public building, or any private multi-residence, like a condo (complex) can be nominated,” said Brunsch, noting that the garden stake plaque for the award is a soft pink colour instead of white. As well, the garden will be featured alongside the White Trillium winners during the celebration at Gage Park in October. Properties will also appear in a special section in the Review in August.

The evaluation process is the same for all properties: between July 2 and July 15, judges will score the elements of each garden; those that achieve a score of 85 or above earn the White Trillium designation.

In addition to design and maintenance, the judging team will be looking for the ‘wow’ factor that engages the viewer. It can be a hardscape item such as a statue or bench, or an interesting grouping of plants.

“There has to be something that draws your eye, then leads you to the rest of the garden,” said Brunsch “Like a room with a great painting, it catches your eye first and then you see the rest of the room works fine.”

“It takes two to three years for a garden to mature, so I’m looking forward to seeing new gardens this year,” said Brunsch. “In the new subdivisions, such as on Nisbet and Spring Creek, a lot of those gardens are established and some have some good bones to them and will be looking more full.”

As well, the Flamborough club has reached out to the Lynden Horticultural Society to promote nominations this year, and a couple of members have signed on to judge.

The highest scoring White Trillium winners are re-judged, and the top scorer in each ward of the city receives a Pink Trillium – last year’s winners were 2 Union St., Waterdown in Ward 15 and 21 Weneil Dr., in Freelton – and goes on to be considered for the Red Trillium, or the top garden in the city.

Residents looking for tips on how to spruce up their properties can join members of the Flamborough Horticultural Society for their monthly meetings, which are held the third Wednesday of each month at St. Thomas Parish Hall in Waterdown. As well, plenty of perennials available at the annual plant sale, which takes place on opening day of the BIA Farmers’ Market May 27 at the Waterdown Legion, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Brunsch said the sale offers a great way for novice – and not-so-novice – gardeners to pick up some great plants as well as advice.

“These plants all come from our gardens, so they will grow here,” she pointed out. “And we try to have a master gardener there to answer technical questions.”