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Del Norte recognizes beautiful Gardens of Merit

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 13th, 2013

The Second Annual Gardens of Merit Awards recognizes individuals and businesses in the Town of Del Norte who are beautifying their properties. Mike Demuth won “Best of Show” for Residential Gardens for his xeriscape design

DEL NORTE — Sponsored by the High Valley Community Center (HVCC) and the Del Norte Chamber of Commerce, the Second Annual Gardens of Merit Awards recognizes individuals in the Town of Del Norte who are beautifying their properties.

During the last of week of July, a panel of six community members gave awards to two businesses for the commercial category and to five homeowners for the residential category.

The awards are brass plaques, which state: “Garden of Merit, Del Norte, 2013.” In addition, two individuals were recognized with “Best of Show” monetary awards of $100.

Konnie and Steve Crawford have created a place that has been enhancing the Town of Del Norte for years. Konnie plants perennials, and all sides of Wildwood Sounds at 850 Grande Avenue are a symphony of color.

In a very short time, Marsha Ensz has created a stunning new addition to the Town of Del Norte through her shop The Columbine at 540 Grand Avenue. She has used paint, awnings and flowers to make a welcoming, memorable statement. She is to be congratulated and has won “Best of Show” for commercial gardens. She will receive a $100 cash prize from Del Norte Bank.

Located at 345 French Street, the home of Robert Fresquez, Chief of Police for the Town of Del Norte, has a beautiful welcoming display of flowers. He says his grandparents inspired him. He wishes to thank his neighbors for doing such a beautiful job with their properties.

Kathy Dickman at 70 Yucca Court combines perennials and annuals to produce a serene, colorful environment. Each of her flower beds has been created while she was experiencing some kind of personal crisis. When complete, she calls them victory gardens.

Ray and Wanda Pacheco of 505 Hermosa Street have a beautiful perennial garden, which is a virtual work of art. For at least 20 years, Ray has planted and tended the flowers that bloom at various times and keep the property beautiful throughout the summer.

Jean and Joann Griffin of 755 Cedar Street have worked on their flower beds and landscaping since the 1990’s. Joann is inspired by her mother, and she has incorporated wagon wheels and antiques from the family farm in Texas.

Mike Demuth has single handedly transformed the property at 575 8th Street, which he is renting and hoping one day to purchase. He has combined xeriscape techniques with well placed, colorful flowers. He has done all this work himself and has won “Best of Show” for residential gardens. He will receive a $100 prize from the Del Norte Bank.

The organizers of Gardens of Merit wish to thank all the winners. It was extremely hard to choose just seven, since there are so many people creating lovely environments. A special thank you to La Garita Nursery in South Fork for their help with the Gardens of Merit float in the Covered Wagon Days Parade. Also, thanks are extended to the Colorado Garden Show, Inc. and to the board of the Del Norte Bank for their generous support.

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