Watch for signs of beautiful landscaping
Posted on 08/04/2021
Mayor Brian Turnbull and BC Member Liliana Miyahara plant an award sign at the Yerkes' House garden in Mill Race Village.Northville business owners and civic organization volunteers helped create another year of an attractive and inviting environment for the community. Annually, the City of Northville Beautification Commission and the Northville Township Beautification Commission award businesses and civic organizations for outstanding plantings on their properties.

This year the closure of downtown sections of Main and Center streets for the social district allowed businesses to expand their outdoor appeal. The City Beautification Commission (BC) awarded 31 exceptional locations. The Township awarded 19.

BC Chair Diane Pittaway and member Liliana Miyahara, accompanied by Mayor Brian Turnbull, delivered signs to the honorees on July 20. Certificates will be delivered in person at a later date since the traditional September luncheon hosted in September is postponed another year due to pandemic precautions.

At its July meeting, the Northville City Council renewed tenure of six of the commission members for another three years.
City Council Member Barbara Moroski-Browne, a liaison to the commission, said, “They are the unsung heroes. We see the fruits of their labors all over town.”

The newest member, Krista Foley-Siefert was appointed last month. At the commission's July meeting, members elected officers for the 2021-2022 year:  Sue Marie Klimek, co-chair; Carol Pankow, secretary; and Callie Milroy, treasurer. The BC requires regular attendance for a quorum in voting on decisions and actions of the commission. It welcomes volunteers to help with projects and become members.

The BC’s goal is to continue to enhance more areas of the city that need maintenance. According to Pittaway, there is no such thing as “no maintenance.” While they plant the downtown area with ornamental annuals, other areas are landscaped with native plants and shrubs whenever possible, using organic gardening practices.

“Always, we are looking out for the environmental welfare of our community,” said Pittaway. “We appreciate the business owners and volunteers who commit their time, effort, and resources to enhance our surroundings.”

As you admire the beautiful plantings around town, know that BC members and local businesses and organizations toil in the soil to make the gardens and landscaping flourish.

See the list of winners here.

Captions: Adorn Fine Flowers co-owner Alicia Racine, pictured with Mayor Brian Turnbull, accepts the award from the Beautification Commission.

Mario Jadallah, of Marathon Judeh Corp. on S. Main, proudly receives recognition for the landscaped gardens that surround the property.

Photos by Diane Pittaway. Landscape photo by Liz Cezat.

2021 Winner Adorn  Flowers
Mayor Turnbull and Mario Jadallah in front of landscaping
landscaping near tire air pump