From Pam, our Community Manager at Santa Maria:
Our residents at Santa Maria do all of the gardening. All of the money comes out of their own pockets and they put their own sweat and elbow grease into maintaining them. Some do it for everyone to enjoy and some do it just to have something pretty to see outside of their window. None of them do it to win awards, but that’s exactly what happened!
The City of Hazelwood sent us a letter that we were picked as one of the finalists for the Blue Ribbon Home Awards for the Multi Family Dwelling category. They chose US out of all of the other apartments in Hazelwood as the Blue Ribbon property! They judged on exterior care, landscaping, building care, and overall maintenance of the grounds. The residents were so excited to win, our Blue Ribbon and plaque will go into a shadow box with a picture of our gardeners. The other residents are so grateful to have such beautiful gardens to look at.
I am very proud of our gardeners and think they definitely deserve this award. We got to attend a City Council meeting and formally accept the award. Myself and about 5 of the gardening residents came along to get it.