MIDDLEBURY - Peggy Sullivan of Middlebury was "green" long before green was cool. That's why she loves her job as a member of a special Middlebury Garden Club judging committee that visits non-members' local gardens every year. The garden club judges hand out their club's coveted "Best in Commercial and Amateur Gardens" awards.
The garden awards are presented to homeowners and businesses all over Addison County.
"We search for outstanding designs, a pleasing pattern with the local landscape, and a contribution to civic beautification," said Sullivan. "Winning gardens must be viewed from the road."
This year, the garden club congratulated the following Addison County gardeners for the creative use of their green thumbs and their sense of landscape design:
•Peter and Jane Mill, 1218 Painter Rd., Middlebury.
•Barbara and Albert Ringey, 1211 Rogers Rd., Middlebury.
•Kathy and Gary Starr, 782 Weybridge Rd., Weybridge.
•Karen and Barry Balman, 19 Evergreen Ln., Middlebury.
•Marcia and William Nop, 509 Route 7, Salisbury.
•Martha Lapham, with helper Betsy Cartland, 410 Main St., Shoreham.
•Denise and Bill Kipp, 8 Harrow Way, Middlebury.
•Tim and Kathleen Cope, 14 Overbrook Dr., Middlebury.
•Mary Jane and Charles Lowman, 311 Lake St., Panton.
•Hadley Ferguson, 18 Overbrook Dr., Middlebury.
•Lynda and Dennis Cassidy, 379 Meade Ln., Middlebury.
•The Waybury Inn, 475 E. Main St., East Middlebury.
•The Field Farm's Foote Street Farmstand, 2571 Route 7, Middlebury.
An Honorable Mention award was presented to the First Congregational Church of Cornwall.