WARREN — Those who were able to dodge raindrops and get their yards in shape this year may have the advantage. But even if you got a late start, Carol Peterson still wants to meet you if your beautiful yard is truly something to behold.
Peterson is again out scouring Warren neighborhoods, looking for nominees to honor with the Residential Recognition Awards in 2019. The Warren Beautification Commission’s program is now in its 26th year. Residents are invited to nominate themselves or their neighbors. Any residential property in the city with a beautiful, creative, unique or genuinely well-kept lawn, yard or garden is eligible.
“In between raindrops, we trust our Warren gardeners have been busy working on their elaborate landscaping,” said Peterson, the program’s chair.
The chosen winners from 20 selected properties will be invited to a recognition dinner in September. They’ll gather with other winners: their neighbors, all maintainers of gorgeous properties. They’ll also get a sign to display in their yard.
Peterson has already been out scouting, but she said more nominations are needed.
She stopped by the home of Elizabeth and Martin Kyre, on Whitley Circle, near 14 Mile and Schoenherr roads, and was very impressed with what she saw there.
“I was telling her that I was just planting perennials that the monarchs like, like the milkweed, and the bees,” Elizabeth Kyre said. “I have a lot of high pollen-producing perennials for the bees. I have a hummingbird nesting somewhere on the property. I went and picked out high-nectar plants for her. She comes back every year.
“I try to feed nature with my garden, and it’s less grass cutting for me,” she said.
Nominations for the 2019 Residential Recognition Awards will be accepted until Aug. 15. To nominate a property, contact Peterson directly at (586) 575-9272.