In its 90th plus year, the Sarasota Garden Club continues to encourage the beautification of our community by recognizing outstanding landscaping for over 50 years! Annual awards are presented to those properties which met the criterion of attractive curb appeal. SGC has been focused on keeping Sarasota beautiful with these important awards. (See attached list of AWARD WINNERS announced January 31st at the Awards Luncheon at SGC!) Members of the Civic Beautification Committee canvas the Sarasota county zip codes looking for the outstanding landscaping continually maintained and developed to enhance the environment. Businesses, public buildings, churches, and places of worship, home owners associations, parks and recreational areas are all eligible. (See list of Committee Members.) Each committee member has surveyed an assigned zip code searching for properties which meet these criteria. Photographs are taken and then reviewed by all committee members to determine the winners. Winners are notified and invited to an Awards Ceremony held at the Sarasota Garden Club.
There were 5 site GRAND PLAQUE AWARDS! Special landscaping awards categories are:
SUNCOAST AWARD = Benderson Development at UTC for the most outstanding landscaping continually maintained!
COMMUNITY AWARD = The Meadows Community Association for groups joined together in community beautification. In fact, 5 Meadows Communities took Award Certificates! See the list!
COMMERCIAL AWARD = Carrabas Italian Grill for attractive commercial property suitable to its environment
RE-DEVELOPMENT AWARD = The City of Sarasota Bird Key for a community area that has been redesigned
PRESERVATION AWARD = Sarasota City Hall for maintaining the natural preserve area of their community
CBC Committee Members - Chair Anita Laesser, Co-Chair Pat Bonarek, Cj Danna, Armand Houze, Michaelene Houze, Linda Houze, Susan Kershaw, Jennifer McCann, Christy May, Andy Papineau, and Sue Strickland.
The Sarasota Garden Club, Inc. is committed to this belief with its policy of “GOOD LANDSCAPING IS GOOD BUSINESS!” This attracts increased entrepreneurial activity and business investment along with fostering a desirable community as a place to live, work and play.
And the Civic Beautification Award Winners are in Bold and Nominees for 2017 who received Certificates of Appreciation (in Alphabetical Order) Were:
Benderson Development at UTC
Bird Key Park
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Cook Spring Company
First Lido Beach Condominiums
Grove Pointe Hampton's on Palmer Ranch
Judge Lynn Silvertooth- Judicial Center
Legends Gated Community
Five Meadows Communities
Chandlers Forde Hadfield Greene
Pipers Waite Winslow Beacon
Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy
Mote Ranch Homeowners Assn.
Orchid Beach Club Five
Palmer Ranch Communities
Cobblestone Deer Creek
City Hall Sarasota County
Fire Dept. #10
St. Patrick's Church
St. Thomas Moore
The Swift Building
University Place HOA
Urfer Family Park
The Awards Ceremony was held at the beautiful Sarasota Garden Club 1131 Blvd of the Arts. Besides keeping Sarasota beautiful, the Sarasota garden Club also engages in Bayfront Planning and many programs that benefit youth to assisted living centers. Members do the Holiday Decorations at The Ringling Ca'd'zan. Members maintain the Blue Star Marker & Doughboy Statues. It is an honor to receive The Key to the City this year for our care of these gardens! SGC gives back to the community with a juried flower show and is open to the public 7 days a week to tour our beautiful 14+ volunteer-maintained gardens. The active and involved members embrace the SGC and there are programs and events almost every day. The historic mid-century modern building at 1131 Blvd. of the Arts is also a venue for rentals and weddings. Our club members receive The Blooming Chatter with updates on Programs and Events! There is always something going on at SGC! Call 942-955-0875 if you would like to receive a digital copy of The Blooming Chatter!
Mark your calendar = The Club has 2 major fund raisers coming up:
Shivoo Fashion Show Luncheon Feb. 9 and Gardens in Paradise Mar. 17, 2018.
Sign up for these on SarasotaGardenClub.org Please explore our gardens and the website and like our facebook page!
ChristyMayRE@gmail.com Call or text 781-258-6022 I have fabulous photos to send!