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Margot Rochester Landscaping Award deadline nears

Posted: May 24, 2011 3:19 p.m.
Updated: May 25, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Her name is synonymous with gardening. Through her work with Master Gardeners and as a gardening author and columnist, Margot Rochester enriched the lives of many both in and beyond Kershaw County.

In her memory, the Margot Rochester Landscaping Award was born three years ago, to be presented by the Camden Parks and Streets Commission to landscaped areas of exceptional and/or unique beauty and design. The deadline for nominations for the landscaping award is Monday.

Fellow Master Gardener Janet Smith said Rochester’s passion for gardening was boundless … every flower she saw was “her favorite.”

“Because she lived close to me, I visit her garden often. Walking through her garden is like walking through a vase of flowers -- everything is falling all over everywhere else, just as Margot had planned,” said Smith.

Rochester passed away in October 2008, but her memory lives on through the award. The eligibility for the award is that the landscape must be a commercial business, public institution, organization, public building and grounds, church or school -- all within the city limits. Consideration is given to proper selection and use of plant material, incorporation of existing topography and natural environment. Emphasis is also given to continued maintenance of nominated areas.

Nomination forms are available at the Camden Public Works (CPW) office, 1000 Lyttleton St., Camden, and may be submitted to that office or emailed to For more information, contact the CPW’s Liz Gilland at 425-6045 or 425-6046.

Judges will consist of local garden club members and Kershaw County Master Gardeners. The award will be presented in June by the Camden Parks and Streets Commission at the Camden City Council meeting.


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