Landscape contest just around the corner

Lee's Summit JournalMay 14, 2014 

Have you decided this is the year to enter the Lee’s Summit Beautification Commission’s annual Landscape Contest? It’s time to consider which category you are most proud of – front yard, back yard, patio/deck/containers, or front and back yard.

Subdivisions can enter their entrance gardens, and for the first time a new residential category has been added.

Because beautiful gardens take some time to develop, we want to recognize that there has to be a starting point. So we are looking for the best examples of new landscape improvements in a category we’re calling “Before and After.” If you plan to add or improve a garden spot in your landscape, it’s important to take a “before” picture and submit it with your application.

Perhaps it is an ugly corner, an area under the deck, or just a plot that needs renovation. Some people are intimidated by the word “landscape.” What this contest celebrates is a love of plants and beautiful use of them. Whether you do it yourself or hire someone else, the issue is whether the property has been beautified.

Winners will receive gift certificates to a local nursery, recognition at a Lee’s Summit City Council meeting and a reception. In addition, first place winners get an attractive yard sign and a photo of their entry.

Don’t be shy or modest about your efforts. Each year as we judge the entries we notice other properties that might have been winners—if only they had been entered.

Contest entries are due by June 9th and judging will occur June 21-22. Entry forms are available at City Hall (Parks and Recreation Department) and information is available at 816-969-1515 or online at

It’s a very simple process. Show us your landscape.


Carol Rothwell is a member of the Beautification Commission and a Lee’s Summit resident.

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