With social distancing and mask requirements in place, the 2020 Westlake in Bloom Award Ceremony was able to proceed safely at in the gymnasium of the Westlake Recreation Center the evening of Thursday, Aug. 13.
Due to concerns over Covid-19, attendance at the event was limited to only winning entrants and their immediate family members. Chairs in the gymnasium were set up six feet apart and only family members living in the same household were allowed to sit closer together.
All told, it was a tastefully simple ceremony. Although it was missing the elegant décor and delicious food and refreshments of previous Bloom ceremonies, it still served as a joyous occasion to recognize some of the community’s most dedicated and talented gardeners.
Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough began the ceremony by expressing appreciation for the hard work and passion displayed by the more than 60 participants who endeavored to help add beauty throughout the city. Participation in this year’s contest was nearly on par with previous years despite the difficult circumstances related to Covid-19.
Planning and Economic Development Director James Bedell, who has been the chief organizer of the event for the past eight years, once again was behind the podium at the front of the room announcing the winners for first, second and third place. Photos of their finely manicured gardens scrolled across a screen at the front of the room as they each made their way up to receive their personalized award plaque from the Mayor and have their pictures taken.
The prestigious “Lou Walter Best in Bloom” award went to Binh V. To and Lan Le To, who also earned top 3 honors in multiple categories, including first place in the “Patio and Abutting Garden – Single Family” category.
The Tos are among many longtime Bloom participants who have helped the contest become a cherished tradition in the community. See the complete list of 2020 winners below.
NOTE: More photos and video from the awards ceremony will be available online sometime in the next week.
2020 Westlake in Bloom Winners
Evergreen Cemetery Fence Gardens
First Place: The Ray Clancy Family
Second Place: The Eberling Family
Third Place: Shannon Maura Kilbane, Raymond and Lillian Feador
Hilliard Boulevard Flower Box
First Place: The Moran Family
Second Place: King James Homeowners Association
Third Place: Dover Congregational Church
First Place: Mitch Ma
Second Place: Lee Ding
Third Place: Jennifer Luginbill
Apartment, Condominium or Subdivision Entrance
First Place: Westown Gardens Apartment
Second Place: Remington
Third Place: Bay Landing Condominiums
Nursing Home/Assisted/Independent Living Facility
First Place: Rae-Ann Suburban Nursing and Rehabilitation, 29505 Detroit Road
Second Place: The Belvedere of Westlake, 29591 Detroit Road
Third Place: Rae-Ann Westlake Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, 28303 Detroit Road
First Place: Applied Companies LLC, 28825 Ranney Parkway
Second Place: Moosehead Saloon, 694 Dover Center Road
Third Place: Kleinhenz Jewelers, 25979 Detroit Road
Place of Worship/Institutional/Quasi-Public/Public Place
First Place: Westlake United Methodist Church, 27650 Center Ridge Road
Second Place: Westlake Historical Society Herb Garden, 1371A Clague Road
Third Place: St. Ladislas Catholic Church, 2345 Bassett Road
Patio and Abutting Garden – Single Family
First Place: Binh V. To and Lan Le To, 26945 Sleepy Hollow Drive
Second Place: Grace Flanagan, 801 Dover Center Road
Third Place: Marian Ext and Dr. Roger Mansnerus, 30085 Persimmon Drive
Patio and Abutting Garden – Multi-Family/Cluster Home
First Place: Helen J. Szarka, 30128 Shadowcreek Drive
Second Place: Evelyn J. Davis, 1088 Clubside Drive
Third Place: Sharon L. Huelsman, 3063 Bay Landing Drive
First Place: Lonna Nimylowycz, 31248 Muirfield Way
Second Place: Binh V. To and Lan Le To, 26945 Sleepy Hollow Drive
Third Place: Steven Genther and Elizabeth Nici, 31377 Saint Andrews
First Place: Robert McCormick and Richard Lindsley, 1111Clubside Drive
Second Place: James and Jean Moran, 1933 Reeds Court Trail
Third Place: Patty Hays, 1943 Horseshoe Blvd.
First Place: Beverly Wilkinson, 25028 Tricia Drive
Second Place: Lizabeth K. Emrick, 1106 Clubside Drive
Third Place: Dolly and Dick Hartman, 1425 Crossings Parkway
Residential Landscaping –Front Yard
First Place: Neal and Diana Novak, 26665 Brahms Dr.
Second Place: Lynette Hendrix and Steve Foster, 31370 Detroit Road
Third Place: Mary Beth and Jack Bedell, 1874 Settlers Reserve Way
Residential Landscaping –Rear Yard
First Place: Nancy Schill, 2237 Silveridge Trail
Residential Landscaping – Entire Yard, Small
First Place: James and Jean Moran, 1933 Reeds Court Trail
Second Place: Sally and Jay Magee 1093 Clubside Drive
Third Place: K.V. and Alayne Gopalakrishna, 31019 Logan Court
Residential Landscaping – Entire Yard, Large
First Place: Lou and Jean Povinelli, 1415 Prince Charles Ave.
Second Place: Marian Ext and Dr. Roger Mansnerus, 30085 Persimmon Drive
Third Place: Vicki Wert, 1665 Allen Drive
Lu Walter “Best in Bloom” Award:
Binh V. To and Lan Le To, 26945 Sleepy Hollow Drive