Lakewood Beautiful nominations are underway
Lakewood Beautiful nominations have begun! They run from March through June. Now in its 33rd year, the Lakewood Beautiful Home Awards honor Lakewood homes that reflect a special “pride of ownership” in property upkeep, landscaping and other general appearance.
Studies show that home upkeep and beautification efforts by caring, committed residents keep crime rates low and property values healthy, thereby benefitting everyone in a city. Residents can view a slide show of past Distinguished Recognition honorees at http://www.lakewoodcity.org/BeautifulHomes to see examples of award-winning homes and gardens.
After the Lakewood Beautiful submission deadline, photos are taken by a professional photographer of the street-facing portion of each nominated home and yard. A panel including an architect and landscape designer then reviews the photos and determines if the nominated home will be recognized. Awards are given in the categories of Distinguished Recognition and Honorable Mention.
In addition, Lakewood Beautiful nominees also have an opportunity to be recognized for their efforts to reduce water use. Nominees who have invested in drought-tolerant landscaping and/or water-saving irrigation methods are invited to enter to also receive a Lakewood Beautiful Water-Wise Award.
With drought always a concern in our area, now is the time to look for ways to make your yard more water efficient as well as beautiful. The Water Replenishment District of Southern California offers free eco-gardener classes to help residents save water and improve their gardens. Call 562-275-4215 for more information or visit http://www.wrd.org.
Between March and July, use the online form to identify potential nominees in your neighborhood for the Lakewood Beautiful and Water-Wise Awards. Nominations of Lakewood’s best-looking homes can be made online at http://www.lakewoodcity.org/HomeNomination, or by calling city hall at 562-866-9771, extension 2160.