The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has recognized several projects in the North Penn-Indian Valley area with Community Greening Awards.
Society spokesman Alan Jaffe says one award went to the borough of Lansdale for its 70 hanging planters along Main Street (pictured below), in the downtown business district.
“The judges said this is a wonderful display of hanging floral cocoa-lined baskets suspended from the lamp posts, and they give kudos to Marge Booz for her design and the public works department for their endless watering throughout the season.”
He says the Telford Train Station Marketplace won an award for its flowers and shrubs, revitalized buildings and the Saturday farmers market that sells fresh produce to the public. Towamencin Township won an award for Grist Mill Park. The judges said what was once a dumping ground has been transformed into a verdant open space and a well-planned sports area. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery Township also won an award. Jaffe says the Saint Francis Ecology Council, an active ministry within the church, worked with professionals and volunteers to improve a wetland that spills into tributaries to the Little Neshaminy Creek.
“Invasive plant species were replaced with native plants, and the stormwater basin on this 35-acre site was modified to slow the flow of water. The basin was then seeded with plants designed to filter out pollution from the water before it reaches the creek, and even schoolchildren got involved in the project. They proposed names for the four currently un-named tributaries.”
Jaffe says the names the children came up with should eventually catch on. The Meadowood Continuing Care Community in Worcester also won an award for its meticulously maintained gardens, wooded wellness walks and wildlife habitat, including a bluebird trail with 45 nesting boxes.