TICONDEROGA - As the summer gardening season draws to a close, the Carillon Garden Club has selected recipients to recognize whose plantings that have enhanced the quality of life in the communities of Ticonderoga and Hague this year.
"These plantings have beautified our communities and allowed visitors and residents to celebrate the marvel of nature's botanical show," said club President Betty Rettig. "This year outstanding plantings at residences as well as at businesses are being acknowledged. All plantings recognized had to be visible from the road or street."
Businesses in Ticonderoga being acknowledged with Carillon Garden Club Community Enhancement Awards are: the Ticonderoga Best Western Inn for landscaping, the Burleigh House for use of annuals in window boxes, the Burleigh Luncheonette for use of annuals for spots of color, the Log House at Fort Ticonderoga for use of annuals, the Hancock House Museum for landscaping and use of flowers, Hudson Headwaters Medical Center for landscaping and use of flowers, Rathbun Jewelers for a spot of color using annuals, and Sew and Sow on the Hague Road for landscaping and use of perennials, and the Black Watch Library for landscaping.
"Unfortunately, the plantings at Rathbun Jewelers were vandalized three times this summer," Rettig noted.
In Hague, the flower gardens at the Firehouse Restaurant have been recognized for community enhancement.
Ticonderoga residents and residences being honored with Community Enhancement Awards are: Toby Herbert on the Hague Road for landscaping and use of perennials, Carolyn Malaney at 153 Champlain Avenue for her use of annuals, Tom and Diane Thatcher on the Hague Road for use of perennials, Jack and Dona Croto at 1037 Wicker St. for landscaping and use of flowers, the property at 18 Carillon Road for landscaping and use of flowers, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hall at 16 Carillon Road for year-round use of annuals and perennials, Howard and Susan Rathbun at 12 Carillon Road for landscaping and use of flowers, Brad and Maryann Rafferty at 75 Cossey St.for landscaping and use of flowers, Michael and Jovanna Stipo at 11 Water St. for landscaping, Peg Broadhead at 300 Alexandria Avenue for landscaping, and Bob and Vivian Cossey at 30 Schuyler St.for plantings and use of annuals.
Residents and residences receiving Community Enhancement Awards in Hague were the gardens of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Levenstein at 9842 Graphite Mountain Road, the gardens of Joan Steitz at 9837 Graphite Mountain Road, the gardens of Mary Ann Eaton at 9580 Lakeshore Road, and Dennis McDonough at the Lakeshore Drive/Dodd Hill intersection for his roadside spot of color planting.
Honored last year were Two Brothers, Sunshine Laundry, Circle Court Motel, Olde Mill Caf , Country Florist, Glens Falls National Bank, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, the Post Office, Champlain Legacy Park, Angela's, and Julie's Beauty Shop in Ticonderoga.
In Hague the entrance triangle at the intersection of Routes 8 and 9N and the Trout House Village were recognized. These locations continue to have outstanding plantings this year.
"Local residents are encouraged to drive/walk by all these businesses and residences to enjoy the plantings," Rettig said. "It is hoped even more businesses and residences can be recognized next year."
Public nominations are invited. Call Joyce Cooper in Ticonderoga at 585-2640 or Vivian Den Bleyker in Hague at 543-6801 for information.