The Madera Beautification Committee presented its annual Spring Landscape Awards on Tuesday during ceremonies honoring a residential and commercial winner. The awards were initiated in 1998 and include Fall Landscape Awards presented in November.
This year’s spring residential landscape award winner was the home of Malcolm Gatz in the 400 block of North C Street. According to the citizens and neighbors, the yard “looked like an English cottage garden.” Besides the many lilies, oriental poppies and other varieties to view, a 100-year-old Chinese ginkgo tree is the highlight of the yard.
The commercial landscape recipient was the John Voith Plaza, an office building at 321 W. Yosemite Ave., at the corner of Yosemite Avenue and I Street. Accepting the award was Carolyn Voith, wife of the late John Voith. The plaza was adorned with Chinese fringe flower, azaleas, banana trees and queen palms.
Presenting the awards were Mayor Robert Poythress, Maxine Barnett, Rosanne Bonilla, Rae Gomes, and Kristy Anderson. Representing the parks and community dervices department were parks planning manager John Scarborough and administrative assistant Marylin Hall...