New Digs For The Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Gardeners from Auburn Hills and twelve surrounding communities met last Saturday morning for their annual rite of spring – the Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange.  This year, the Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) hosted the exchange on the back patio of the Auburn Hills Community Center – which provided a beautiful green, wooded backdrop.

To kick-off the planting/gardening season, participants received a gift bag filled with gardening goodies including flower seed packets and gardening gloves.  First-time attendees enjoyed talking with experienced gardeners to gain insight on the types of plants available, recommended planting environments and invasive species to avoid.

The Perennial Exchange is an annual event held by the BAC on the third Saturday of May.  Mark your calendars to take part in this fun and free event next year!

Is It Spring Yet?

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

The unseasonably warm weather this week gave southeast Michigan a little taste of Spring.  It’s a good reminder that it won’t be long before we begin prepping our lawns, gardens and outdoor areas for fun in the sun.

It seems fitting that last night the Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) started planning their programs and events for 2018, the first of which is the Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange, which will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 9am to 11am.

The BAC is excited to announce that the exchange will be held in a new location this year at the Auburn Hills Community Center on the City’s municipal campus.  Mark your calendars for this springtime tradition which has been going strong for over 25 years.   Check back for event details as the weather gets warmer and Think Spring!

Beautification Winners Selected

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

The Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) met this week to review nominations for the City’s Beautification Awards Program.  Forty-eight residential and commercial properties were selected and will be honored this year at the Beautification Awards Banquet in late September.

The winning properties all have something in common – residents and business owners who care and take pride in creating healthy and inviting spaces.

Their efforts are recognized by the BAC because they help make Auburn Hills a beautiful city for all to enjoy.

Gardeners Brave Chilly Weather At Perennial Exchange Event

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

The unseasonably cool weather last Saturday did not deter dedicated gardeners from gathering in River Woods Park for the Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange.  Auburn Hills residents and neighbors from 18 surrounding communities took part in the event, hosted by the Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC).

The exchange offers an economical way to add variety and color to a garden and it’s a great way to pick up gardening tips and tricks.

The BAC welcomed many familiar faces – and some cute new little ones – to the Exchange this year

Beautification Advisory Commission (left to right) Karen Lewis; City Councilman, Bob Kittle; BAC Secretary, Carla Withers and BAC Vice Chair, Pattie Ormsbee

If you weren’t able to attend this year, we welcome you to stop by next Spring.  Details of City events can always be found on www.auburnhills.org.

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.

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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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Beautification Award Call For Entries

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Auburn Hills is a beautiful city.  Our rolling landscapes host a variety of impressive commercial, retail and residential properties.  Throughout the year, the City’s Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) works to promote the importance of beautification efforts through a series of programs and events.

The Beautification Advisory Commission (from left to right) Ilene Ingram, Celeste Yoskovich, Pattie Ormsbee, City Councilman Bob Kittle, Rich Foster, new member Carla Withers and Karen Lewis at River Woods Park during the 2016 Perennial Exchange.

The Beautification Advisory Commission (from left to right) Ilene Ingram, Celeste Yoskovich, Pattie Ormsbee, City Councilman Bob Kittle, Rich Foster, new member Carla Withers and Karen Lewis at River Woods Park during the 2016 Perennial Exchange.

The BAC knows that attractive properties don’t just happen.  Creating inviting landscapes require thought, planning and implementation.  Lots of implementation. The care and feeding of our buildings, homes, lawns and gardens takes considerable time, effort and resources.  To recognize those efforts, the BAC is calling for nominations for the 2016 Beautification Awards.

A portion of a winning landscape in 2015

A portion of a winning landscape in 2015

Residents and business owners may nominate themselves and/or their neighbors for an award.  Winners are invited to attend the Beautification Awards Dinner held at the Auburn Hills Community Center in the fall.

Centerpieces and mum plants are raffled off to Beautification Award winners in 2015.

Centerpieces and mum plants are raffled off to Beautification Award winners in 2015.

To learn more about the Beautification Awards or to nominate a property, send an email to beautification@auburnhills.org.  Take part in making Auburn Hills a beautiful place to live, work and play!

Beautification Efforts Honored This Week

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

The beautiful fall weather this week was a perfect backdrop for the City’s Beautification Awards Dinner held Wednesday evening.   Eighty residents and businesses were honored by the Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) for their exceptional efforts in creating colorful and inviting landscapes and gardens.  A slide show of the winning properties highlighted the dedication, creativity and enthusiasm it takes to create these enviable addresses.

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Before dinner was served, the honorees enjoyed hearing from Mayor, Kevin McDaniel and visiting with City Council Members, Henry Knight, Cheryl Verbeke, Maureen Hammond and VeRonica Mitchell.

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One of the winning landscapes found in Auburn Hills’ neighborhoods

As an added treat, large, fall-colored mum plants and each of the table centerpieces, shown below, were raffled off to 31 lucky award winners after dinner.

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The BAC would like to thank all the participants in the 2015 Beautification Awards Program and encourages everyone in Auburn Hills to take part in making Auburn Hills a beautiful place to live, work and grow!

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Information on this and other BAC programs can be found throughout the year in the Auburn Hills Review, the seasonal newsletter and community program guide for the City of Auburn Hills.