For the past 10 years, the Committee for the Beautification of Lake Geneva has kept its collective eyes open for exceptional landscaping in the city’s neighborhoods and business districts.
The committee is looking for gardens and yardscapes that demonstrate creativity, color, curb appeal and design.
In November, the committee announced its selections for bronze, silver and gold awards to homes and shops with flower gardens and natural approaches that meet or exceed the committee’s standards.
As the season approaches winter, the committee shared some photos both to remind everyone of the care and imagination that went into this year’s winning entries, and to urge others to do likewise.
“We’re encouraging people to beautify the neighborhoods,” said Marcie Hollmann, beautification committee member. “We’re trying to get the idea to spread.”
Hollmann said participation in the annual beautification program has been pretty steady.
This year’s winners were particularly striking, said Hollmann. She said the landscaping and plantings done by the Tattered Butterfly, 830 Williams St., Tammy Opper proprietor, was a great improvement to an otherwise bland stretch of highway.
She said the work done by Bethany Sousa and Andrew Fritz was also eye-catching at the Maxwell Mansion.
“You feel like you’re in a plaza in Europe,” she said.
Recognition is awarded in two classes, residential and business.
One of the perennial winners is the Grand Geneva Spa, a business so huge that it is in a class by itself. Hollmann said it is the beautification committee’s intention to recognize excellence, no matter the size of the business. However, Grand Geneva isn’t the only business that receives recognition.
Hollmann said Culver’s and McDonald’s are also past recipients of beautification awards.
This year’s residential summer landscape award winners are: JaNelle Powers, 1003 W. Main St.; Joan Thompson, 1561 Evergreen Lane; and George and Sandy Bootz, 305 Lookout Drive.
The Bootzes are repeat winners from last year.
Business class winners this year are The Maxwell Mansion, 421 Baker St., proprietors Bethany Souza and Andrew Fritz; Delaney Street Mercantile, 905 W. Main St., Beverly and Jeffrey Leonard proprietors,; Wrightwood of Lake Geneva condominiums, 415 Wells St.; and The Tattered Butterfly, 830 Williams St., Tammy Opper proprietor. And, in a class by itself, Grand Geneva Resort.
The beautification committee is a nonprofit charitable organization, commissioned by Mayor Spyro Condos in 2000. Since then the committee has been active in beautifying the city, including restoring the Three Muses statue in Flat Iron Park. The committee also put up the sails and fountain near the Lake Geneva Water Utility building, 361 W. Main St.