The gorgeous courtyard at Independence Village is teeming with beautiful plants that have been planted and cared for by “Village” residents. Recently, the Village “Top Pot” contest offered an opportunity for residents to choose one of these plantings as their favorite.
When the 10-day voting period was over, three “Top Pot” contenders emerged. First place went to Janet Major’s giant crimson mandevilla plant, which grew so vigorously, it needed an arbor to help stabilize it. Taking second place was Gertrud Pohler’s enormous planter filled with waves of white petunias. Margaret Roling’s brightly-colored hanging impatiens took third place. During the award ceremony, each winner received an assortment of fun prizes and an attractive recognition plaque.
“Every resident who owns a plant in the courtyard is a winner,” said Pat Vaughan, manager of Independence Village. “Their beautiful plantings grace the grounds of the Village courtyard, a park-like setting that is completely encircled by the Village walls. This secluded garden spot is a sanctuary for residents and their visitors. It provides those who live at the Village a connection with nature. Our courtyard is one of the many features that makes Independence Village one of the ‘best-kept secrets’ in Rockford.”
From the Sept. 7-13, 2011, issue