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How Does Your Garden Grow? Annual Landscape Competition

August 20, 2002

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MACOMB, IL -- Digging, hoeing, weeding and watering in the blistering summer sun may not be everyone's idea of a good time. But for some, this hard labor leads to a beautiful garden worth showcasing. For one innovative Macomb area participant, that creativity will win them a gift certificate from a local nursery to hone their landscaping skills.

Western Illinois University’s Horticulture Club is hosting its fourth annual Beautiful Landscape competition. The competition, open to Macomb residents, is geared toward encouraging the beautification of the community. Judging of the competition will be done in September by WIU horticulture students, based on a list of criteria including completeness of design, originality and plant diversity.

“Our purpose is to reward the beautification of the Macomb area,” said Mari Loehrlein, assistant agriculture professor. “We hope this competition will provide incentives for Macomb area residents to enhance their home’s landscape.”

To register, print your name, address and phone number on a postcard and send it to the WIU Horticulture Club, Agriculture Department, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390. Participants may also submit a photograph if they wish.

Deadline for applications is Sunday, Sept. 15.

The WIU Horticulture Club was formed in 1998. The club's mission is to promote horticulture in the community and generate camaraderie among students interested in horticulture.

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