Ann Knewitz and the garden at the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale recently were honored with the Keep Carbondale Beautiful Board's Bright Spot Award. The garden at 250 North Springer fills the only open ground at the club with flowers, fruits and vegetables.
Ann's dedication to the garden drew the attention of Executive Director Randy Osborn.
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“I would get here at 8 o’clock, and she was here and gone, having hauled water, picked weeds and planted flowers,” Osborn said.
Under Ann's influence, the members of the club have become active gardeners. The boys and girls have built raised beds and grew a "pizza garden" with the help of Orlan Mays. In addition, more flowers were donated by a local garden club, and Erin Tuminaro built and donated a Little Free Library for the garden.
“We may not have a lot of flowers, but there is a lot of love in it, thanks to Ann and her friends.” Osborn said.
In addition to the Bright Spot Award, the garden was dedicated as "Ann's Garden" by the board.