Some may say it takes a “green thumb” but most gardeners know it takes serious dedication, hard work and lots of water to keep a garden spectacular enough to win a blue ribbon.
The Homewood Beautification Committee awarded blue ribbons to nine homeowners for their outstanding gardening work that enhanced the appearance of their homes.
The winners, along with 35 beautification award winners and 152 businesses were honored at a program Oct. 25 at the Irwin Center.
During the summer months, committee members survey Homewood to judge the houses where landscaping has added to the particular home or business and the neighborhood.
The blue ribbon homes were the Lightie house at 18328 California Ave.; Grayson house at 3000 Hickory Road; Middleton house at 2143 Maple Road; Casey house at 18238 Homewood Ave.; Bouck house at 1515 Linden Road; O’Donnell house at 18622 Ashland Ave.; Rickhoff house at 18426 Poplar Ave.; Lynch house at 2453 Ravisloe Lane; Burnette House, 18641 Golfview Ave.
Susan and William Burnette were unable to attend the ceremony, but their daughters Heather Burnette and Tiffany Osberg were present. They said their parents are “passionate” about their yard. It’s a serious hoppy for them, Osberg said. They’ve even gone hunting for additions, such as little tree houses and a bird bath.
Blue ribbon winner Linda Bouck’s award-winning garden played up begonia and lime hydrenga. “Springtime was perfect this year,” for planting, she said.
Bouck has been in her house on Linden Road for 30 years and over that time, she’s changed her garden several times, sometimes to change things up and other times out of necessity.
“The big trees came down and I took the hosta out,” she explained.
The Ponder house 18130 Dolphin Lake Drive has been a stunner for years. It won a blue ribbon in 2015. The beautification award presented Thursday was the fourth for the family.
Russell Ponder confessed that it’s his wife, Anita Ponder, and her son, Scott Chambers, who are the gardeners of the family. The house was decked out in geraniums, impatiens, bird of paradise, hibiscus and Boston fern. Chambers watered sometimes twice a day to make certain the plants survived during the dry summer.
Beautification awards went to Wright, 1032 185th St.; Buckley, 18451 Argyle Ave.; Slivka, 18560 Argyle Ave.; Macri, 2912 Birch Road; Avery, 18327 California Ave.; Gately, 18911 Carson Drive; Boyle, 1649 Cedar Road; Klein, 18034 Cherrywood Lane.
Agrigento, 18465 Cowing Court; Ponder, 18130 Dolphin Lake Drive; Fanelli, 1938 Evergreen Road; Williams, 1944 Evergreen Road; Brackin, 1313 Hickory Road; Piepenbrink, 17560 Hillside Ave.; Calhoun, 1422 Hillview Road.
Planera, 17914 Homewood Ave.; Lambert, 18520 Homewood Ave.; Passarelli, 18636 Homewood Ave.; Evans, 17661 Howe Ave.; Burrows, 1311 Jamie Lane; Abdur-Rahman, 18751 Kings Road; McElroy, 17730 Larkspur Ln.; Wahlers, 1520 Linden Road.
Hummel, 2056 Maple Road; Sowacke, 2226 Maple Road; Klippenstein, 18358 May St.; Lint, 1636 Olive Road; Skalon, 18527 Palmer Circle; Sinwelski, 18624 Poplar Ave.; Gregori, 2437 Ravisloe Lane.
Lyznicki, 1227 Ridge Road; Beele, 1437 Ridge Road; Matz, 19259 Riegel Road; Liddell, 18040 Sacramento Ave.; Heiferman, 1817 Sycamore Road; Dunham, 2955 Willow Road.
Honored businesses are:
Planera Architects, 18226 Morris Ave.; Morris Court Condos, 18241 Morris; Ridgewood Condominium Association, 916, 926, 936, 946, 956, and 943 Olive Road; dental office of Kreuz and Duffner, 18040 Park Ave.; Ravisloe Country Club; 18231 Park Ave.; Ridgewood Condominium Association, 945 and 955 Ridge Road.
Law Office of Briones, Harey, Trevino & Cruz, 1910 Ridge Road; Asian Harbor, 1930 Ridge Road; Eldridge Dental Group, 1944 Ridge Road; Van Simpma’s Jewelers, 2011 Ridge Road; Tin Ceiling, 2012 Ridge Road; The Village Door, 2019 Ridge Road; Le Salon, 2021 Ridge Road.
LaBanque Hotel, 2034 Ridge Road; Civilitea, 2025 Ridge Road; Bill Butcher Law Office, 2044 Ridge Road; Lou Lou Belle, 2049 Ridge Road; Red Bird Café, 2057 Ridge Road; Twisted Q BBQ, 2053 Ridge Road; St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 18850 Riegel Road; The Oaks of Butterfield Townhome Association, 19250 Riegel Road.
Gardens of Homewood, 900 175th St.; 905 Building, 905 175th St.; Hunter Douglas, 915 175th St.; Eagle Express, 925 175th St.; Century 21 Affiliated, 930 175th St.; Carol Buddig Co., 950 175th St.; Girl Scouts, 1005 175th St.; 1055 Building, 1055 175th St.
American Technical Publishers, 1155 175th St.; Francis & Crnich, CPA 1205 175th St.; Friedman Huey & Associates, 1313 175th St.; Homewood Disposal, 1501 175th St.; Calumet Country Club, 2150 175th St.
Walgreen’s 820 183rd St.; Culver’s, 850 183rd St.; Shir Tikvah, 1424 183rd St.; Homewood Historical Society’s Dorband-Howe House, 2035 183rd St.; Lassen’s, 2131 183rd St.; Kirschner Vision Group, 2156 183rd St.; Flosswood Condos, 2301 and 2311 183rd St.
Flossmoor Station Condos, 2321 183rd St.; Walt’s Food Center, 2345 183rd St.; Dunkin’ Donuts, 2353 183rd St.; Infinity Properties, 2401 183rd St.; Barbara Brown Allstate Insurance, 2405 183rd St.; Sweat Equity, 2413 183 d St.; Master Television, 2425 183rd St.; Best Cleaners, 2429 183rd St.
Arbor Eye Care, 2640 183rd St.; The Clubhouse at Dolphin Lake, 2700 183rd St.; Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet & Fitness Center, 2920 183rd St.; McDonald’s Restaurant, 3132 183rd St.; Van Drunen Ford, 3233 183rd St. Blueberry Hill Restaurant, 2155 183rd St.
CN, 17641 Ashland Ave.; CN Training Center, 17750 Ashland Ave., Salem Lutheran Church, 18324 Ashland Ave.; Homewood Bat Company, 17845 Bretz Dr.; Cherry Creek Condominiums, 18310, 18320, 18330 Cherry Creek Drive; Balagio Ristorante, 17501 Dixie Highway.
Law Office of William Bryan, 17926 Dixie Highway; Eighner’s Florist, 17928 Dixie Highway; Parish of St. Joseph, 17951 Dixie Highway; Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Highway; St. Paul Community Church, 18200 Dixie Highway; Fratello’s, 18201 Dixie Highway; Tews-Ryan Funeral Home, 18230 Dixie Highway.
First Midwest Bank, 18600 Dixie Highway; Mission Optical, 18646 Dixie Highway; Floss Dental, 18650 Dixie Highway; Barton Chiropractic, 18665 Dixie Highway; Pearson’s Bakery, 18670 Dixie Highway; Pete’s Auto Service, 18678 Dixie Highway.
Old Gold Jewelry, 18701 Dixie Highway; The Art Corner, 18703 Dixie Highway; Cilantro Cocina Mexicana, 18755 Dixie Highway; Lau William & Co., Ltd., 18825 Dixie Highway; Tres Chic Salon, 18831 Dixie Highway; The Cottage on Dixie, 18849 Dixie Highway.
Elder Road Condominium Association, 903 Elder; Elder Road Condominiums-Larry Garth, 916 and 932 Elder Road; Cancer Support Center, 2028 Elm Road; First Presbyterian Church, 17925 Gottschalk Ave.; Woodlands Community Church, 18301 Governors Highway; Lorenz Appliances, 18320 Governors Highway; Starbucks, 18322 Governors Highway; Pop’s Beef, 18328 Governors Highway.
Her Closet, 18334 Governors Highway; Homewood-Flossmoor Dental Care, 18340 Governors Highway; Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 18348 Governors Highway; Dunning’s Market, 18436 Governors Highway.
Portillo’s, 17505 Halsted St.; KFC, 17505 Halsted St.; Menards, 17545 Halsted St.; Potbelly, 17575 Halsted St.; Dunkin’ Donuts, 17579 Halsted St.; BMO Harris Bank, 17600 Halsted St,; Target, 17605 Halsted St.; Kohl’s, 17620 Halsted St.; Subway, 17627 Halsted St.; Chipotle, 17700 Halsted St.
Jewel, 17700 Halsted St.; Vision Works/Mattress Firm, 17723 Halsted St.; McDonald’s Restaurant, 17740 Halsted St.; Best Buy Plaza-Besyata Investment Group, 17800 Halsted St. Krispy Kreme, 17815 Halsted St.
Office Max, 17825 Halsted St.; Home Depot, 17845 Halsted St.; Boston Market, 17855 Halsted St.; Starbucks, 17860 Halsted St.; Chili’s, 17928 Halsted St.; Jenny Beauty Supply, 18130 Halsted St.; The Room Place, 18150 Halsted St.; First Savings Bank of Hegewisch, 18200 Halsted St.; White Castle, 18250 Halsted St.
South Suburban Rehabilitation Center, 19000 Halsted St.; Homewood Terrace Condo Association, 18205, 18217, 18223, 18229 Hart Drive; Suzie’s Hallmark Building, 18065 Harwood Ave.; Art 4 Soul, 18135 Harwood Ave.; Grady’s Snack ‘N Dine, 18147 Harwood Ave.; Spornette, 18240 Harwood Ave.; Lisa Grant Dentistry, 18243 Harwood Ave.
Homewood Veterans Memorial, Olive and Harwood Avenues; Marie Irwin Community Center, 18120 Highland Ave.; Comcast, 17710 Hoffman Way; Walgreen’s Data Terminal, 17730 Hoffman Way; Dedert Corporation, 17740 Hoffman Way; Cameo Condos, 940 Holbrook Road; Suburban Access, 900 Maple Road; Freedom Village, 935 Maple Road; Manor Care, 940 Maple Road; INX International, 1000 Maple Road; Accurate Disperisions, 1111 Maple Road.
Homewood Florist, 18064 Martin Ave.; Upsa Daisy, 18100 Martin Ave.; Homewood Terrace Condo Association, 18205 Morgan Ave.