Winners of the 2012 Lexington in Bloom contest, sponsored by The Lexington Council Garden Clubs, were announced Sunday. The contest, in its 10th year, recognizes outstanding professional and amateur front gardens throughout Lexington. Criteria for evaluating gardens include curb appeal, use of color and texture, upkeep, plant selection, garden design and creativity.
Along with residence and business winners, several non-residence gardens planted for the benefit of the community, including neighborhood association entrance gardens, community gardens and church gardens, were recognized.
ZONE 1 (Leestown Road to North Broadway)
Residence, amateur design winner: Lisa Frenaye, 194 Swigert Avenue
First runner-up: Janet and William Hart, 279 Larch Lane
Miscellaneous winner: Meadowthorpe Neighborhood Association entrance, Boiling Springs at Leestown Road
ZONE 2 (North Broadway to Richmond Road)
Residence, amateur design winner: William and Theresa Roughen, 1637 Courtney Avenue
First runner-up: William and Joanel Robinson, 312 Eastin Road
Residence, professional design winner: Joseph Hillenmeyer, 10 Richmond Avenue
Business, small winner: Johnny Carino's, 2333 Sir Barton Way. Somethin' Bloomin', landscaping
First runner up: Gratz Park Inn, 128 West Second Street
Miscellaneous winner: Still Meadow Home Owners Association entrance, Still Meadow at Chilesburg Road
ZONE 3 (Richmond Road to Nicholasville Road)
Residence, amateur design winner: Leeann Greer, 412 Greenbriar Road
First runner-up: Robert and Jennifer Murray, 712 Burkshire Drive
Residence, professional design winner: Larry and Judy Blankenbaker, 3896 Tatton Park. Scott Thomasson, designer
Business, large winner: Park Place Apartments, 4030 Tates Creek Pike
Business, small winner: Voce, Salon/The Boutique, 124 Clay Avenue
Miscellaneous winner: University of Kentucky Biological Safety, 505 Oldham Court
ZONE 4 (Nicholasville Road to Leestown Road)
Residence, amateur design winner (tie): Donald and Sharron Wright, 721 Cromwell Way
Larry H. Ray and Kevin Blackburn, 1701 Headley Green, (back yard facing Faircrest)
First runner-up: Patricia Ann Pendley, 113 Clyde Street
Business, large winner (tie): St. Joseph Hospital, 1 St. Joseph Drive, Hillenmeyer's Landscaping
Raising Cane's/Moore Center, 2555 Nicholasville Road, Redmond's Landscaping
Business, small winner (tie): Clean Sweep Car Wash, 550 South Broadway
The Pub at Fayette Mall, 3750 Mall Road
Miscellaneous winners: Beaumont Presbyterian Church "Faith Feeds" vegetable/community garden, 1070 Lane Allen Road
Walter "Junior" Burden (garden plot), 1264 Liggett Street
Honorable mention: Providence Montessori School (rain gardens), 1209 Texaco Road.
Special Recognition to Seedleaf "nourishing communities" for: London Ferrill Community Garden, 235 East Third Street, and Withrow Community Garden, Withrow Way at Third Street.