Williston gardeners recognized for green thumbs10/02/08


By Greg Duggan

Observer staff

The town’s top gardeners gathered in the police station on Monday night for an awards ceremony that honored participants in the Williston in Bloom contest.


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Al Ligouri, a committee member of Williston in Bloom, presents a slideshow of participating gardens on Monday night at the Williston Police Station.


As Williston in Bloom committee member Al Ligouri stood at the head of the station’s community room, pictures of gardens flashed across a large, white screen. For each category, pictures appeared of entrants’ gardens, and Ligouri ran through comments from judges about each garden.

“Great use of the space she had,” one judge said in regards to Shelly Forrest’s garden, which earned honorable mention in the annuals/perennials category.

In the same category, Dana Partelow and her second place garden received comments including “passion for gardening” and “knack for growing many roses.”

Each winner took home a certificate of participation, and first place winners received framed photographs of their gardens. Other prizes included gift certificates and gardening tools.

Grand Prize winner Ashley Mikell, who judges awarded the prize for best overall garden, received a $50 gift certificate and an engraved tool.

The Williston in Bloom contest began in 2002. It was part of America in Bloom, which serves as a community-based beautification program.


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Ashley Mikell stands with her garden, which won Best Overall Garden in the Williston in Bloom contest.


Grand prize

Ashley Mikell


First place – Melinda Friedlander

Second place – Dana Partelow

Honorable mention – Shelly Forrest

Honorable mention – Jill Lang

Comprehensive Landscaping

First place – Taft Farm Senior Living Community

Water Feature

First place – Mike & Cathy Jones

Vegetable Garden

First place – Art and Mary Tuthill

Honorable mention – Forrest Whit