Freia Lorimer (l) received the "Golden Trowel" Award for maintaining her garden at a superior level for 5 years in a row. Lorimer had received the Prince George’s County Garden of the Year Award in 2004. Lorimer is corresponding secretary of District 1 and a member of New Carrollton Garden Club.
Other superior maintenance awards were received by Arleen and Ted Ankeney from Goddard Garden Club, Casey and David Kneipp from Cheverly Garden Club, and Julie Harrison, Iona Black, and Arminta Donovan from Mt. Airy Clay Breakers Garden Club.
Mt Airy Clay Breakers, as a club, received an award for their maintenance of the Holloway Park Entrance Garden on Rosaryville Road in Upper Marlboro, MD. Clay Breakers also nominated gardens at Concordia Lutheran Church and St. Mary of the Assumption School, both in Upper Marlboro, which also received awards. (Julie Harrison, Thomas Leonard and Arminta Donovan right with Mt Airy Clay Breakers Garden Club awards.)
The guest speaker for the awards reception was Sandi Piccirillo, who engaged the audience with a lively discussion about edibles in the landscape. Piccirillo is chair of the flower show school for National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc.
Through its beautification program, Prince George’s County honors those who have contributed to the community through excellence in gardening and landscape design. The Beautification Committee is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the preservation of Prince George’s County as a healthy and pleasant place to live and work.
Judging for the 2009 beautification awards was organized by District 1’s Charmane Truesdell (Montpellier Garden Club). Many members of National Capital Area Garden Club’s landscape design council participated as judges.
--Contributed by Lorraine Leonard