Westlake in Bloom winners announced

A tranquil water feature highlights the beautiful landscaping at the Sleepy Hollow Drive home of Binh V. and Lan Le To.

In a summer that’s been anything but normal, more than 300 Westlake gardeners continued a beloved tradition. Across the city, in window boxes and large yards, planters along Hilliard Boulevard and fence gardens at Evergreen Cemetery, Westlake was awash in color for the 18th straight year as part of the Westlake in Bloom competition. The participants were recognized at a masked, socially distanced ceremony in the Westlake Recreation Center gym on Aug. 13.

“We really appreciate the fact that you continued to participate in Westlake in Bloom, one of the nice things that didn’t change a whole lot this year,” Mayor Dennis Clough told the crowd. “We can always still be out in our yard, we can always make it a little more attractive and we can beautify the city as we’re doing that.”

Competition was fierce with 97 entries residential and business entries (up from 78 the year before), with several gardeners taking home more than one award. This year’s Best in Bloom winners, Lan Le To and her husband, Binh V. To, were no exception, placing among the top three finishers in three separate categories, in addition to winning the overall grand prize.

The couple, perennial contenders in the annual competition, were given the night’s top award, named in honor of the late Lu Walter, for the first time in the 10 years they have participated.

Lan brought her garden helper, 3-year-old grandson Logan De Jesus, to the makeshift stage as she collected one of her four plaques from Mayor Dennis Clough. Lan gardens while she babysits Logan, though he doesn’t yet have his grandmother’s green thumb. “He breaks everything,” she said with a laugh.

The 12 volunteer judges evaluated each of the 97 garden/landscape entries as well as the 200 Hilliard Boulevard planting boxes and nearly 50 memorial gardens along the Evergreen Cemetery fence. First-place winners in each category were awarded a plaque and $25 gift certificate to one of Westlake’s three nurseries.

“Westlake in Bloom is our chance to say thank you to all of the residents and businesses that help beautify our city,” said Jim Bedell, Westlake planning director and the event’s emcee. “Through your efforts Westlake is well known and appreciated for its beautiful gardens, landscaped properties and attractive businesses and institutions.”


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

Community Garden
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
Second Place: The Belvedere of Westlake
Third Place: Rae-Ann Westlake Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation

First Place: Applied Companies LLC
Second Place: Moosehead Saloon
Third Place: Kleinhenz Jewelers

Place of Worship/Institutional/Quasi-Public/Public Place
First Place: Westlake United Methodist Church
Second Place: Westlake Historical Society Herb Garden
Third Place: St. Ladislas Catholic Church

Patio and Abutting Garden – Single Family
First Place: Binh V. To and Lan Le To
Second Place: Grace Flanagan
Third Place: Marian Ext and Dr. Roger Mansnerus

Patio and Abutting Garden – Multi-Family/Cluster Home
First Place: Helen J. Szarka
Second Place: Evelyn J. Davis
Third Place: Sharon L. Huelsman

Vegetable Garden
First Place: Lonna Nimylowycz
Second Place: Binh V. To and Lan Le To
Third Place: Steven Genther and Elizabeth Nici

Shade Garden
First Place: Robert McCormick and Richard Lindsley
Second Place: James and Jean Moran
Third Place: Patty Hays

Window Boxes
First Place: Beverly Wilkinson
Second Place: Lizabeth K. Emrick
Third Place: Dolly and Dick Hartman

Residential Landscaping – Front Yard
First Place: Neal and Diana Novak
Second Place: Lynette Hendrix and Steve Foster
Third Place: Mary Beth and Jack Bedell

Residential Landscaping – Rear Yard
First Place: Nancy Schill
Second Place: Binh V. To and Lan Le To
Third Place: Dolly and Dick Hartman

Residential Landscaping – Entire Yard, Small
First Place: James and Jean Moran
Second Place: Sally and Jay Magee
Third Place: K.V. and Alayne Gopalakrishna

Residential Landscaping – Entire Yard, Large
First Place: Lou and Jean Povinelli
Second Place: Marian Ext and Dr. Roger Mansnerus
Third Place: Vicki Wert

Lu Walter “Best in Bloom” Award
Binh V. To and Lan Le To

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Volume 12, Issue 16, Posted 9:32 AM, 08.18.2020