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LITTLE ROCK – Opening day at the 2014 Arkansas Flower and Garden show featured a bevy
of honors include Greening of Arkansas grants, show garden awards and a special award
to Carol Mendel of Little Rock as the Volunteer of the Year.
“She’s always ready to help when needed and we truly appreciate all that she does
for the show,” said Krista Quinn, executive director of the Arkansas Flower and Garden
Show. “The board felt strongly that she deserved this recognition thanks to her service
on the board of directors and her active role in several show committees.”
Greening of Arkansas grants
Mendel, who is a member of the Greening of Arkansas committee, presented this year’s
grants, which went to 12 projects. The Greening of Arkansas grants go to fund civic
beautification projects statewide. They are:
1. The City of Bryant for the Ken Palmquist Memorial Garden at the Bishop Park Community
Center in Bryant.
2. The Monticello Tree Board for the Monticello Sports Complex tree planting.
3. The Park Hill Neighborhood Association for Increasing the Beauty of Fearneyhough Park
in North Little Rock.
4. The Portland Beautification Committee for Landscaping the courtyard area in downtown
5. The White County Master Gardeners for Rose Bud City Hall landscaping.
6. The Earle Chamber of Commerce for adding landscaping around the “Welcome to Earle”
sign and at the Earle Community Center.
7. The City of Cherokee Village for planting native plants at entrance to Cherokee Village
Tohi Nature Trail.
8. The Dumas Tree City Board for beautifying Memorial Park in Dumas.
9. Beautify Fort Smith for the Kids for the canopy tree planting at public schools in
10. The Carroll County Master Gardeners for creating a Community Education Garden in area
shared by the Berryville Library, Senior Center, and county offices.
11. The Master Gardeners of Columbia County for the Renovation of the Cecil Traylor Wilson
Garden in Magnolia.
12. Maumelle Department of Parks & Recreation for Gazebo Enhancement at Lake Willastein
Park in Maumelle.
“This is a great group of projects and we are happy to help these organizations beautify
their communities,” said Mendel.
Display garden awards
Also honored were the display gardens that are a tradition at the Arkansas Flower
and Garden Show. The gardens were judged Friday morning by an independent and anonymous
group of judges.
This year we have large gardens created by Arkansas Bamboo Connection, Grand Designs,
The Horticare Company, Ozark Folk Center State Park, and Roseberry Landscape Services.
“All of these companies have done a tremendous job designing and constructing these
gardens to interpret our show theme, Gardening- That’s Entertainment!, and we greatly
appreciate their hard work and creativity,” said Quinn. “It’s safe to say the judges
had a hard time choosing.
The award for
Presentation of the American Horticultural Society Environmental Award went to Horticare.
Also recognized at the show were Bemis Tree Farm for having a display at 20 consecutive
shows. Grand Designs and Ozark Folk Center were recognized for being at the show for
15 consecutive years and to Joe Kelley, from Joe’s Woodshop, for being part of the
show for 17 years.
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