Great news! The Demonstration Garden at Monument Valley Park has won First Place for landscape design by the All-America Selections organization, a non-profit, formed in 1932, that promotes plants that work well all across the country.
The garden is manned by volunteers, and we support the garden with fund raising to enhance the garden in a myriad of ways, and to support one full time gardener – Peg Kohl. Thanks to her, we are seeing a garden, one in existence for 50 years, come alive again. Paths are being refreshed, dead wood removed, and care and maintenance of the existing plants being improved. An exciting new development is the addition of a lupine path, made possible by the donation of 400+ lupines from Britton Nursery. Gardens aren’t made or even improved in a day, but the first place nod from the All America Selections is an indication that we can hold our heads high with pride in our oasis in the city.
See Peg’s original photo montage for the contest entry (a 3.5 MB pdf file): https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B87N92rQbqPiclJNV09abU95amc
Other coverage of this award:
All-America Selection’s page of contest winners: www.all-americaselections.org/display_gardens/contest.cfm
KOAA story (video) – www.koaa.com/videoplayer/?video_id=14211&categories=12,13
Slide show of the garden at KRCC’s site: http://radiocoloradocollege.org/2012/10/idyll-at-the-demonstration-gardens/