Our network

Holland In Bloom announces July winner | Community Spirit

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Holland In Bloom announces July winner
Holland In Bloom announces July winner

July 1, 2011. Holland, Michigan. Holland in Bloom's first place Bloominʼ Beautiful Best Front Yard Contest winner for July is Ed and Ruth Slenk' s stunning annual garden. Located at 162 W. 34th Street, many of the annuals in this award-winning garden start from seed in Ed Slenk's backyard "hobby" greenhouse. This hobby produces a yard spilling over with lively red geraniums, colorful begonias, sun loving petunias and snow-white alyssum. Red and pink begonias line the driveway and larger yellow, orange and peach begonias surround an ornamental tree. Day lilies, pachysandra and other perennials play a supporting role in this beautiful garden.

Ed, who has the green thumb, has been growing annuals for the garden for over 35 years. In recent years his children and grandchildren help with the planting process. His eight-year-old grandson fills small seed trays with soil then seeds are added. Thirteen-year-old twin granddaughters transplant young seedling plugs into larger pots. Geranium cuttings are planted in late March and April and are ready for planting by 3rd or 4th week in May. During winter some of the geraniums are placed in protective bags and nurtured back to life in the greenhouse for spring planting.

The second place winner for the Holland in Bloom's Bloomin' Beautiful Best Front Yard contest is Anna Mae VanderWoude. Her New England style garden overflowing with perennials is located at 722 Sandy Lane. The third place winner is Judith Donnelly. Her corner garden in Holland's Historic District complements the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture of her home and is located at 282 W. 12th Street.

Holland In Bloom Judges for July were local garden experts John Wood from Holland Christian Schools, Mike McKay from Central Wesleyan Church and local WOTV Face of 4 Morgan Lind.

The Bloominʼ Beautiful Best Front Yard Contest began in May and continues through the summer for neighbors, friends and families to nominate the best front yards in the city of Holland. Nomination ballots can be found in downtown area galleries, shops and restaurants and on line at www.hollandinbloom.org. Nomination ballots can also be dropped off at the Holland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 76 E. Eighth Street. Three more winners will be chosen for the month of August. Ballots for August should be submitted by July 27. The winners will receive a "This Yard is Bloomin' Beautiful" sign to display in their yard, a gift certificate to Jonker's Garden and an invitation to the America In Bloom Judges' Reception in August. Each month the first place winner will also receive a framed, hand painted drawing of their home by local artist Carolyn Stich.

Holland - Zeeland Deals