BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN
Paul Spiropoulos of Olivier’s Bistro and Catering cooks a burger on the outdoor barbecue by Princess Park on Wednesday evening. Olivier’s has been nominated for an award from Brandon in Bloom in the Fabulous Fronts category.
Twenty-three homes and four businesses have been recognized by Brandon in Bloom for their efforts to beautify the city.
This yard on the 3000-block of Park Avenue, owned by Joanne Medd, is one of 23 Brandon in Bloom nominees. (JILLIAN AUSTIN/BRANDON SUN)
The local homeowners were nominated in the Front Garden Recognition program, while the businesses were nominated in the Fabulous Fronts program.
They all have been presented with a Brandon in Bloom sign to put up in their front yard.
"It’s really just … recognizing our neighbours and local businesses for putting in so much time into their yards," said Hope Roberts, the city’s acting community development co-ordinator.
"It’s so beautiful to walk down the street in Brandon and see how much people really take care of their yards."
Countless hours are spent outside in the garden, landscaping and tending to the property.
For many, it’s become a great hobby.
"It’s just kind of soothing to do it," said Joanne Medd, whose Park Avenue home has been nominated for the past three years.
"It just makes you feel good to make it look nice."
Medd said she has been gardening for at least 22 years.
Each home that is nominated is judged, and if it meets a certain number of points they will be recognized.
"It reflects us as a community," Roberts said.
"I think we all survive and work through really long winters, and when the grass starts showing, and we can start getting out in our yards, it’s such a collective relief … We look forward to when things start growing."
Roberts said Brandon in Bloom is also a great community builder.
"There’s a lot of education that happens, because through … things like the open garden tours ... you can actually go into people’s yards, and meet the homeowners, tour their sites, ask them questions about what they’ve grown, how they grow it," Roberts said.
For more information about the program, visit brandoninbloom.ca.
The four businesses recognized are Marlin Travel, Patmore Nursery, Olivier’s Bistro and Canad Inns.
Look for Brandon in Bloom signs on front yards on Laurel Bay, Kelsey Bay, Balmoral Bay, Clarke Drive, Heron Cove and Kensington Crescent, to name a few.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 9, 2012