A Call For Nominations

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Attention Auburn Hills’ homeowners, business owners, residents, friends, and neighbors … the Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) is now accepting nominations for the City’s 2017 Beautification Awards Program.

This year, the BAC will celebrate the 26th anniversary of this summertime tradition.  We honor individuals and companies for their dedication to creating the attractive and inviting surroundings in which we live, work and play.

Nominate yourself, your neighbor or your favorite commercial building.  Entries are due by July 10th.  For more information, contact beautification@auburnhills.org or call 248-364-6946.

Happy gardening!

Clean Up Event Provides Immediate Gratification

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

The Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) held their first clean up event of 2017 this past Saturday morning.   A small group of volunteers, which included two elementary school students, gathered at Will Rogers Elementary School to clean the natural wooded areas and open spaces surrounding the building.

From left to right – Connor Grosz (student), Carla Withers, Mattie Lopez (student), Rich Foster; City Councilman Bob Kittle, me and Jan Kittle (our photographer) post clean up.  A big thank you to all and especially Councilman Kittle for helping out on his birthday!

The group collected seven large bags of trash from the woods, along with an old, rusted, antique mattress frame and a wheel/rotor assembly.

Often the eye passes right over what we don’t want to see.  Discarded cups, bottles, wrappers and such can become a part of the landscape and erode an otherwise pleasing scene.   Litter, when left unchecked, can lead to feelings of unrest, discomfort and sometimes even fear.  The disorganized appearance can lead to lower property values and even disinvestment.

That is why beautiful cities, like Auburn Hills, remain vigilant in clean-up efforts.  The solution to litter is quite simple and takes a minimal amount of time – especially when friends, relatives and neighbors come together.   One of my favorite things about these events is the immediate gratification – knowing that you’ve made a difference and are leaving something in better shape than you found it.

If you see an area in our fine City that needs attention, contact the City to help get the ball rolling.  If you would like to coordinate your own cleanup event, our Keep It Clean program can provide the needed supplies and safety equipment to help ensure a safe and productive day.

Contact the Auburn Hills Beautification Commission at beautification@auburnhills.org or 248.364.6946 for more information.  Help keep Auburn Hills a beautiful place to live, work and play.

Don’t Buy New Plants – Trade For Free!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

The largest gardening event in Auburn Hills is just over one week away.  The Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange draws gardening enthusiasts from communities throughout the metro Detroit area.  It’s a great way to diversity your garden at no cost.

A Perennial, once planted, will come back year after year without re-planting.  The great thing about them is that they grow and spread out a little more every year so that it can be divided up and placed in different spots in the garden – or divided up and traded for different varieties at a local exchange.

The Exchange will be held on Saturday, May 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at River Woods Park.  The park is located on Squirrel Road, just south of M-59.  Bring the plants you wish to trade in disposable containers labeled with the type of plant it is (if known), then chat with exchange participants to strike a deal.

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro,  join in the fun!  Meet your neighbors, enjoy coffee and treats and get your garden growing.  For more information about the event, please contact the Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission at 248.364.6946.

Remember, as always, the early bird gets the worm!

Beautification Award Winners Honored

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

The Auburn Hills Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) gathered together 130 residents and business representatives to celebrate the beauty in Auburn Hills.  The Beautification Awards, the BAC’s largest program, was designed to recognize and honor the hard work and dedication of our residents and business in creating beautiful landscapes which enrich our community.

Special guests (from left to Right) Mayor Pro-Tem VeRonica Mitchell, Clair and Coucilman Henry Knight, Coucilwoman Cheryl Verbeke with daugher, Chole

Special guests (from left to Right) – Mayor Pro-Tem VeRonica Mitchell, Claire and Coucilman Henry Knight, Coucilwoman Cheryl Verbeke with daugher, Chole

Al VanHoutte, owner of Farm Boy Produce located on Auburn Road was honored last night for his years of event support and generous donations to the BAC.  Mr. VanHoutte’s dedication and donations have added value to BAC events, including the Perennial Exchange and Beautification Awards Dinner, for all to enjoy.

From left - Al VanHoutte, Owner of Farm Boy Produce on Auburn Road, with BAC Secretary Pattie Ormsbee and Vice-Chair Celeste Yoskovich

From left – Al VanHoutte, Owner of Farm Boy Produce on Auburn Road, with BAC Secretary Pattie Ormsbee and Vice-Chair Celeste Yoskovich

Beautiful properties, both residential and commercial create value and an inviting atmosphere for our residents and all who work here or simply pass through.


Award winners enjoyed a gift raffle at the end of the evening. Mums and pumpkins from Farm Boy Produce and table centerpieces created by Yesterday’s Florist were raffled off to lucky winners

The BAC thanks the 2016 winners for their hard work and dedication to making Auburn Hills a beautiful place to live, work and grow!

Beautification Award Winners Selected Soon

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

The Auburn Hills Beautification Commission (BAC) is prepping for their largest annual event – the City’s Beautification Awards program.  Over 100 homes and businesses were nominated for a Beautification Award again this year.   Why award residents and businesses for taking care of their properties?  Why give awards for “curb appeal”?  Because clean, manicured and attractive homes and buildings matter.

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Well maintained buildings, houses and gardens add value to the community.  The effort expended in beautification activities results in increased property values, the elimination of eyesores and helps turn community health and safety liabilities into community assets.


Beautification winners will be notified in early September.  The BAC would like to thank all of our friends and neighbors in Auburn Hills for their nominations this year.  In this type of program, everyone wins.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

I’m stealing a line from the old English nursery rhyme “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” because it begs a great question.  How does your garden grow?  

Personally, my garden grows much better than it used to and that is due in no small part to my involvement with the Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange event.  The Perennial Exchange, hosted by our Beautification Advisory Commission, is a terrific opportunity to diversify a garden at absolutely no cost.

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This free event draws gardeners to Auburn Hills from cities near and far; from White Lake and Clarkston to Armada and Grosse Pointe and everywhere in between. Attendees range from gardening experts to brand new beginners.

The trade works like this: If you have an overabundance of a particular perennial, divide it into small sections, put the plants in disposable containers with soil and label them with the type (if known) and indicate whether they like sun or shade.  At the event, meet your neighbors, see what types of plants you would like to swap and strike a deal!

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If you are a beginner, you may want to buy a couple of small perennial plants to trade, just to get your garden started.  In my experience, gardeners are always happy to share their extra plants and steer you in the right direction.  In no time, your garden will grow like crazy!

The Perennial Exchange will be held on Saturday, May 21st from 11am to 1pm at River Woods Park.  For more information, please call 248.330.2488 or email eabrennan@auburnhills.org.  We hope you can join us.

And The Award Goes To…

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Creating beautiful landscaping is no easy task.  Whether you’re a green-thumb gardener or a backyard beginner, gardening takes considerable time, money and effort.

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The Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) understands the dedication it takes to create and maintain beautiful surroundings for our homes and businesses and they honor that effort through the City’s  Beautification Awards Program.  Nominations are now being accepted for a 2015 Beautification Award.

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Lush landscapes throughout the City help preserve neighborhood integrity and create an enviable environment for business

Up to 80 residential and commercial properties are selected as winners and those residents or representatives are invited to participate in the Beautification Awards Dinner, held at the Auburn Hills Community Center in late September.

The BAC invites you to nominate a neighbor, a business or even your own property!  To submit your nomination send an email to beautification@auburnhills.org or call 248.364.6946.  No photos please!  Entries will be accepted until July 12, 2015.