On Wednesday October 9, 2019, Monarch Award recipients were presented with plaques and certificates by Mayor Fred Eisenberg. This is the second year that the awards have been presented at a meeting of Hamilton City Council. This annual recognition by the mayor and councillors not only helps promote awareness of the awards but also brings the idea of gardening for nature into the mainstream. More than simply a new aesthetic, its ecological, social, and economic benefits are becoming better understood and widely accepted.
The seven gardeners on hand to receive their awards were obviously delighted to be publicly recognized for their work. One recipient seized a promotional opportunity at the mayor’s unguarded mic, encouraging all the councillors to get gardening. These gardeners aren’t shy! They’re the vanguard of a new movement that values gardens for what they do, not simply how they look.
Congratulations to all this year’s recipients:
Melissa Creasey (Sherman neighbourhood in Hamilton)
Kate Geroux (Albion Falls neighbourhood in Stoney Creek)
James Honey and Alex Stewart (Gibson & Landsdown neighbourhood in Hamilton)
Janet Mackey (Yorkshire Heights neighbourhood in Dundas)
Ann Martin (Downtown Core neighbourhood in Waterdown)
Photos by Caroline Zanchetta, Environment Hamilton.
Missing from photos:
Monarch Award recipient: Kate Geroux
Caterpillar Level recipients: Tina Cooper, Lucy Dubeckyj, Lorraine Moss, Kevin Wydysz