2015 Beautification Awards

Residential Award Winner:

Kathy Lewis Thompson and Darius Thompson, 14 Drinkwater Rd, Exeter

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This is what they started with:

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…….And, this is what their work produced:

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Beautiful…..Congratulations Kate and Darius.


Commercial Award Winner:

Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Road, Greenland

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Center: Kelle Laughlin, Director of Great Bay Discovery Center accepted the award for all the staff and volunteers of the GBDC and the GB National Estuarine  Research Reserve.

While our pictures display only two gardens, what started as one simple garden, the landscape has been transformed to many diverse gardens designed by staff and volunteers to enhance the teaching of environmental and cultural concepts.


The bright Butterfly garden shown here bursts with color including  a purple butterfly bush, indigo, four o’clocks, lavender, a winter berry bush and in the fall, goldenrod.

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A quiet spot offers a bubbling stream with grasses and catails, grasses and evergreen.

Piscataqua Garden Club designed and maintains the Zig Zag Garden bordering the wheelchair path down to the boardwalk.  Something special meets the eye each season.  In early summer a low-growing pink and fuschia geraniums surround a tall, unique, sculpture made of weathered tree trunks.

A woodland shade garden features various ferns, hosta, Solomon seal and bleeding hearts and surrounding the flagpole is a cheerful display of  bright yellow marigolds, reddish orange ageratum and white dianthus.

An amphitheatre sprung from grape vines that have taken root, providing a shelter for a small child or two.  The grape vine produces grapes for the birds.

Next to this  natural shelter are three raised beds abundantly prolific in the summer with all kinds of vegetables for the volunteers to gather as they go home.

Behind the gardens is the 1/4 mile boardwalk bordered by a wet area, an open marsh filled with native phragmites.

The doghouse provides some summer greenery with its succulent roof!

In addition to all this wonderful landscaping, the GBDC is a green facility with solar roof, geothermal heating, porous asphalt driveway and walkway, green pavers and composting toilet.

Peaceful and lovely…..Congratulations, Green Bay Discovery Center

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