Winners of the 2014 Lexington in Bloom contest, a biennial beautification competition sponsored by the Lexington Council Garden Clubs, were announced this week.
The contest recognizes outstanding professional and amateur front gardens at residences and businesses throughout Lexington, divided into four quadrants. Criteria for evaluating gardens include curb appeal, use of color and texture, upkeep, plant selection, garden design and creativity.
The contest started in 1992 and was held until 2002. It returned in 2010 and has been held every two years since then.
Along with traditional winners, the contest included categories for small displays, vegetable gardens, native plantings, neighborhood entrances and the like.
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Winners will be recognized Sunday at a public reception at the Arboretum's Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center.
Here are the winners.
Residence, amateur design: Elizabeth Chilton, 337 Hillsboro Avenue, and Judith Clark, 480 West Second Street (tie).
Business, large: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa, 1800 Newtown Pike.
Business, small: Stella's Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street
■ Small displays: narrow flower strip by Allan Silverberg, 115 Jefferson Street.
■ Neighborhood entrances: Griffin Gate Community Association, Sugar Maple Lane at Newtown Pike.
Residence, amateur design: Ronnie Nolan, 516 Henry Clay Boulevard. Runner-up, Lois Ann Polan, 107 Victory Avenue. Honorable mention, Shelli and Odus Baker, 561 Bryanwood Parkway.
Residence, professional design: Barbara Bowers and Masten Childers, 1701 Bon Air Drive (design by Rett's Landscaping Inc.).
Business, small: Windy Corner Market, Bryan Station and Muir Station Roads (design by Joseph Hillenmeyer and maintenance by Gainesway Farm).
■ Community gardens: collaborative school garden by Temple Adath Israel and Ashland Elementary School, 125 North Hanover Avenue.
■ Small displays: window boxes by Karen and Richard Miner, 419 Queensway Drive.
■ Neighborhood entrances: median butterfly and rain garden at St. Ann Drive and Richmond Road by Idle Hour Neighbors Alliance.
■ Butterfly/rain gardens: Butterfly garden by Yoko Kusunose, 37 Richmond Avenue (design by Beate Popkin, Living Gardens). Runner-up, butterfly garden and certified Monarch Waystation by Beate Popkin, 124 Idle Hour Drive.
■ Vegetable garden: Amanda Mussetter and Daniel Oxnard, 149 North Hanover Avenue
Residence, amateur design: Michael and Jennifer Castle, 4500 Tangle Hurst Lane. Runner-up, William F. Loggin and Anthony Burgett, 241 Desha Road. Honorable mentions, Carolyn Howard and Albert Kelley, 204 Ellerslie Park Boulevard; Robert and Janice Russell, 179 Jesselin Drive; Thom Binford, 765 Rainwater Drive; and Thomas W. Stone, 414 Andover Drive.
Residence, professional design: David P. and C.A. Tramontin, 463 Woodlake Way. Runner-up: Robert S. Walker, 1785 Mooreland Drive. Honorable mention, Terry Hunt and Barbara Kriz, 436 Bristol Road (design by John Michler).
Business, large: UKHealthCare (HDC Holdings LLC), 135 East Maxwell Street (design and maintenance by United Landscape Services).
Business, small: window boxes at The Bar Complex, 224 East Main Street (design and maintenance by Jan Wozniak).
Residence, amateur design: Dennis McCardle, 4800 Agape Drive (view from Vale Drive). Runner-up, Joseph and Mary Fugate, 973 Holly Springs Drive. Honorable mention, William Thielen and Judy Love, 3129 Blenheim Way (view from Comanche).
Residence, professional design: George Weick and Virginia Lawson, 837 Wellington Way (design by Beate Popkin, Living Gardens). Runner-up: Steven and K. Shedlovsky, 3176 Blenheim Way (design by Rett's Landscaping Inc.).
Business, large: The Mall at Lexington Green (Langley Properties), Lexington Green Circle and Nicholasville Road (design by Tamara Cassidy, A Corner of Eden).
Business, small: Town Branch Distillery, 401 Cross Street, and green roof garden at The Klausing Group, 1365 Cahill Drive (tie). Runner-up, Tinker's Cake Shop, 317 West Maxwell Street. Honorable mention, Teknique in Hair Salon, 405 Southland Drive.
■ Community gardens: Lexington Women's Recognition Garden at Wellington Park, Wellington Way and Clays Mill Road.
■ Small displays: side pergola by Ann Shaw, 3913 Hillside Drive.
■ Neighborhood entrances: flower bed by Heritage Place Condominium Association, Pine Needles Lane at Man o' War Boulevard.
■ Schools, churches and nonprofits: entrance garden at St. Raphael's Episcopal Church, 1891 Parkers Mill Road.