Clean North offers congratulations to the winners of this year's Green Glove Awards. First place went to the Allard Street Community Garden at 105 Allard Street, in second place is the Rattle residence at 118 Killarney Road, and placing third is Pine Allard Properties at 769 Pine Street.
These winners will be honoured (along with winners from other City Beautification award categories) by the Sault Ste. Marie City Council at their next meeting on Monday, September 28, 2015 at the Sault Ste Marie Civic Centre.
The Green Glove Award winners will each receive an award plaque plus a gift certificate from Clean North.
The City Beautification Award Program (now in its 36th year) was created to recognize and encourage the gardening efforts of local residents and businesses. It reflects our strong community pride and recognizes the great effort many people put into their gardens.
For the Green Glove Garden Award, sponsored and judged by Clean North, nominated gardens are judged on design, overall health and use of organic gardening methods, including natural disease and pest control, composting, mulching, recycling and water conservation. This award aims to increase public awareness of the need to create environmentally friendly gardens.
Clean North has a detailed and stringent judging form listing criteria that should be present to receive high marks. Examples include presence of water conservation practices (rain gardens, soaker hoses, rain barrels, rain chains, etc.), use of native plants, use of mulch, use of recycled items, diversity of plants, wildlife friendly practices (bird feeders/ birdhouses/bat houses/mason bee houses), etc. Nominees are also judged on garden hygiene, design principles and contribution to the neighborhood.
All are welcome to attend the council meeting or to watch it on Channel 10 beginning at 4:30 pm.