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In recognition of those households that have made efforts to enhance the local environment by creating rain gardens, native plant gardens and pollinator gardens, the City Beautiful Commission initiated a special category within the Residential Standard of Excellence (RSOE) Awards program this year.

The special category is necessary because often these types of gardens may not look like landscaping traditionally chosen for RSOE awards. The gardens are instead noteworthy because of their positive effects on public health and the local, shared environment.

The City Beautiful Commission, with direction from Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud, is promoting green initiatives that create these sustainable environmental structures to reduce pollution, assist with stormwater management, preserve water systems and promote beneficial resources.

The honorees in this special category will receive the same distinctive window decal as those homes selected in the overall RSOE program.

Names listed are those supplied to the City by the honorees.
716 S. Brady, Michael and Corina Loos
22201 Cherry Hill, the Yeaw Family
23213 Cleveland, Ian Kushnir
22252 Olmstead, Tim Cardanha
3523 Polk, Jaclyn Heikkila
3537 Roosevelt, Arlo and Rachel Clark
3036 Syracuse, Janet Damian
401 Tannahill, Caroline Serfass
24825 Winona, Manuela Blankinship
435 N. York, Randy and Danielle Wittorp
2111 Academy
3521 Lincoln
22712 Nona
22340 Nona
22354 Olmstead
22081 Tenny

The City Beautiful Commission encourages all residents to learn more about the benefits of rain and pollinator gardens and to consider
creating one in their yards. Visit Friends of the Rouge at www.therouge.org for instructions and information.

Do you have a garden that falls into this category and want to tell us about it for future consideration? Send your information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 313-943-2154.

See a selection of photos of the homes recognized in this category on the city's Facebook page at: https://tinyurl.com/Special-Gardens