The nonprofit organization Keep Carbondale Beautiful recently honored a Boys and Girls Club garden tended for years by Ann Knewitz with its Bright Spot Award.
For almost 10 years, Knewitz has tended the garden at the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale, turning the club’s only open ground into a beautiful oasis. Over the years, the small garden at the northeast corner of the building grew colorful with roses, lilies, irises and many other plants. This year, a Little Free Library, built and donated by Erin Tuminaro, joined the garden, along with more flowers from a garden club. The space was dedicated as “Ann’s Garden” and earned Bright Spot recognition from Keep Carbondale Beautiful.
“I would get here at 8 o’clock and she (Knewitz) was here and gone, having hauled water, picked weeds and planted flowers,” Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Randy Osborn said. He also said that the children at the club have been active gardeners, building raised bed gardens and a “pizza garden” with Orlan Mays, growing the ingredients needed for pizza sauce and toppings. “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.
The Keep Carbondale Beautiful Board selects businesses or residences to receive the Bright Spot Award for revitalization of property, new construction, plantings and beautification.