Winner Gets New Landscaping

By Mary Beth Breckenridge, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio

Jun. 14–Lucky Janice Lindstrom.

For several years the Hudson resident bought five tickets every year for Keep Akron Beautiful’s Dreamscape raffle. This year, she cut back to one, but it was the right one. Lindstrom’s name was pulled June 5 as the winner of a $10,000 landscape makeover.

Lindstrom wins a front- or backyard makeover designed by James Arch of Vizmeg Landscape Inc. Donor companies will work together to install the new landscape in a blitz the first week of August.

The raffle netted $25,165 for Keep Akron Beautiful’s Flowerscape program, which plants and maintains 40 public gardens annually.

First runner-up was Mary Collins of Akron, who won a master landscape plan by Francis Weng of Garden Designs. Second runners-up Karen and Bob Capron of Akron won $200 worth of blown-in mulch from TerraScape Ltd., and third runner-up Nancy Heslop of Akron won $150 worth of tree maintenance or stump grinding by Walent Tree Service.

Jon Weingart of Akron won a $100 gift certificate to Canton Road Garden Center, and Walter Keith of Akron won $100 worth of gardening supplies from Graf Growers. Hanging baskets were awarded to the top ticket sellers, Don Mittiga of Keep Akron Beautiful’s board of directors and Eric Jones of the KAB beautification board.

These vendor partners also pledged goods or services to Dreamscape 2008: Dayton Nurseries Inc., KB Compost Services, Henry Bierce Co., Copley Tool Rental, Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center, Hoffman’s Garden Center, Suncrest Gardens, Paul’s Greenhouse, Akron Brick and Block, Belgard Sales, W.L. Beck Printing-Design, Cascade Lighting, Gates Landscape Co., Green Ideas Landscape Management, Hawkins Electric, Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Naragon Irrigation, Pam’s Perennial Plant Farm, R.B. Stout Inc., R.G. Thomas Landscape & Design Inc., Star Printing Co. Inc., Wilson Plumbing & Heating Inc. and YES Press.

Stan Hywet symposium

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is planning its first symposium Oct. 17 and 18 to explore historical, architectural and preservation issues.

On Display: Historic Homes and Great Estates will explore the cultural, architectural and social history of America’s Industrial Revolution and Gilded Age, as well as efforts to preserve this history for future generations. It’s intended for both scholarly and general audiences.

Keynote speaker will be Jerry L. Rogers, retired associate director of cultural resources for the National Park Service and retired keeper of the National Register of Historic Places.

The symposium represents a collaboration by Stan Hywet, the University of Akron and Kent State University.

Cost is $145 if the registration form is postmarked no later than Sept. 16 and $175 for registrations postmarked later. Registration must be received by Oct. 10.

Information is at, or contact Mark J. Heppner at 330-315-3227 or [email protected]

Events, programs

–Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Veterans’ Memorial Park, 38975 Detroit Road, Avon. Duct tape sculptures, crafts, fashions and games with a pirate theme, as well as traditional festival attractions. Parade starts 10 a.m. today. Information: 866-818-1116 or

–Open house, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Garden of Roses of Legend and Romance, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township. Garden features some 500 types of heirloom roses. Event includes tours led by rose experts, pruning demonstration at noon, walks through a new labyrinth and sale of rose plants propagated from those in the garden. Free. Information: 330-263-3612.

–Green With Envy garden tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, starting at Angel Falls Coffee Co., 792 W. Market St., Akron. Self-guided tour of eight city gardens, sponsored by the West Hill Neighborhood Organization. Tickets $12. Handicap accessibility is limited. Proceeds support the organization’s community-involvement and neighborhood-advocacy efforts. Information: 330-867-0370.

–Historic Home and Garden Tour, 11 a.m. ro 4 p.m. today, starting at Fellowship Hall, 3909 Broadview Road, Richfield. Three homes open for tours, along with Richfield Historical Society and several businesses. $12. Information: 330-659-6819.

–Father’s Day Picnic Pots, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Hershey Children’s Garden, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. During this drop-in program, children can make a botanical holder for Dad’s barbecue utensils. Free with admission: $7.50; children ages 3 to 12, $3; members and younger children, free. Information: 216-721-1600 or

–Rose show, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Parmatown Mall, 7899 W. Ridgewood Drive, Parma. Presented by the Western Reserve Rose Society.

–Aquatic Plants, 6 p.m. Monday, Hoffman’s Garden Center, 1021 E. Caston Road, Green. Learn about the varieties available and their benefits, care, dividing and repotting. Free, but reservations required. Registration: 330-896-9811 or 800-870-4479. Information:

–Men’s Garden Club of Akron meeting, Monday evening, Goodyear Heights Metro Park Memorial Pavilion, 2077 Newton St., Akron. Strawberry festival and potluck dinner. Grill available starting 5:30 p.m.; dinner starts at 6:30. Bring a salad or vegetable dish to share, table service and meat to grill. Information: 330-825-5315, 330-673-3553 or

–Warm Up Akron meetings, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mogadore branch, Akron-Summit County Public Library, 144 S. Cleveland Ave. Members knit and crochet rectangles that are used to make afghans for needy people in the Akron area, and they’ll teach others the skills. Information: 330-699-3252 or

–North Canton Clutter Club meeting, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, North Canton Public Library, 185 N. Main St. Club provides participants with organizing ideas. Free. Information: 330-309-5280 or

–Home & Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through next Saturday, Hudson. Self-guided tour of homes and gardens, presented by the Hudson Garden Club. Tickets: $15 in advance at the Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., or Acme, 116 W. Streetsboro Road, both in Hudson, or $20 on tour days at the ticket booth on the Village Green or at the Garden Shop (after noon) in the Hudson Middle School, 77 N. Oviatt St. Proceeds fund tree planting in Hudson, scholarships, grants and community gardening projects. Information:

–Floor sample sale, 5-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday, Ohio Design Centre, 23533 Mercantile Road, Beachwood (off Chagrin Boulevard, west of Interstate 271). Seven showrooms, normally open only to decorators and their clients, will sell floor samples to the public at discounted prices. All items are sold as is, and all sales are final. No admission charge. Information: 216-831-1245 or

–Ohio Lavender Festival, Friday through June 22, DayBreak Lavender Farm, 2129 Frost Road, Streetsboro. Presentations, demonstrations, workshops, Johnny Appleseed re-enactor and more. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and next Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 22. $7; families (two parents plus up to four children younger than 13), $20; three-day pass, $20. Free parking and shuttle service at the old Wal-Mart, 9440 State Route 14. Information: or 330-626-3235.

–Pond Construction With Bog Filtration, 9:15 a.m. next Saturday, Hoffman’s Garden Center, 1021 E. Caston Road, Green. Free, but reservations are required. Registration: 330-896-9811 or 800-870-4479. Information:

–Sustainable Gardening, 11 a.m. next Saturday, Donzell’s Flower & Garden Center, 937 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. Learn about working with nature to build healthy soil and grow healthy plants. Topics will include organic products and composting methods. Free, but reservations are requested. Registration: 330-724-0550, Ext. 110.

–The Basics of Woodland Ownership, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24, Plum Creek Park North, 2390 Plum Creek Parkway, Brunswick Hills Township. $35 (includes lunch and handouts). Paid registration due Wednesday. Class size is limited. Registration: 614-688-3421 or [email protected] Information: or 330-725-4911.

–Zensai: The Horticulture of Japan, through June 29, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. Show includes programs, exhibits of art and photographs, tours of the Japanese Garden and displays of ikebana flower arranging and bonsai, the art of miniaturizing plants. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (open till 9 p.m. Wednesdays), noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $7.50; children ages 3-12, $3; members and younger children, free. Information: 216-721-1600 or

–Great Garden Adventure, through Oct. 31, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron. Imagination Stations throughout the grounds help visitors reconnect with nature and learn about natural phenomena. Displays of flower sculptures made by “junkyard artist” P.R. Miller and whimsical bugs and butterflies made by area students. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Closed Mondays except Labor Day. Various admission options are available, with adult prices ranging from $8-$25. More information: 330-836-5533 or Mail notices of classes, programs and events two weeks in advance to: Home and Garden News, Features Department, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron OH 44309-0640. Please include your name and telephone number. All events must be open to the public.

Mary Beth Breckenridge can be reached at 330-996-3756 or [email protected]


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