City of Marquette recognized for landscaping and beautification efforts

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The City of Marquette was recognized by Plant Michigan Green and the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, for beautification and landscaping around the city.

Marquette won three awards, out of 14 in the entire state.

It was the only city in the Upper Peninsula to be recognized, and the only city in the state to win three awards.

"Certainly this is a big award for Marquette, but certainly the men and women that belong to the Marquette Beautification Committee have been at it a long time," says Rep. Sara Cambensy, (D) 109th State House District.

It has been a long time - one of the spots, Father Marquette Park, has been a work in progress for 20 years.

Barb Kelly, Vice President of the Marquette Beautification Committee and owner of Flourishes LLC has been at it for 41 years.

"We just appreciate the support of everyone in the community for all the projects the Beautification Committee does. The city supports us, the businesses support us, the schools support us," says Kelly. "And there's a lot of support across the whole city and I would just like to say how much we appreciate that."

In addition to Father Marquette Park, Flourishes and Petunia Pandemonium were also awarded.

This is not the first time Marquette has been recognized for its landscaping.

"Last year our committee got an award from Keep Michigan Beautiful" for the Father Marquette Park, and we have had a couple other awards from Keep Michigan Beautiful over the years and one year we even got an award from Midwest Living Magazine," says Kelly.

The awards were highly selective, picked by industry professionals on the basis of craftsmanship, proper horticultural practices, and relative contribution to the quality of the environment.

Aside from the awards given, a representative from Senator Ed McBroom's office came and joined Rep. Sara Cambensy to recognize the achievements of the city and of the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee.