CEDAR RAPIDS – The Noelridge Park Gardens won first place in the All-America Selections Landscape Design Contest, organizers announced.
Noelridge took top honors this year for gardens with 10,000 to 100,000 visitors, after achieving second place in 2014 in the category for under 10,000 visitors.
Here is what the judges said about Noelridge:
First Place Winner: Noelridge Park Gardens, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This garden had it all—great garden design, props, publicity and community involvement. This year’s garden display was a collaboration of the local parks department, Goodwill and the Friends of Noelridge. As a result, the garden
was host to many groups, including a photography event and garden tour. The participants of the Goodwill Dayhab program assisted in planting and maintaining the creative designs, and those participants were able to take home some great AAS-winning vegetables, too.
Cindy Garlock of Friends of Noelridge, notes that the group is planning new projects for next year, including the installation of the first phase of a Children’s Garden with a Winnie the Pooh theme.
They also will be installing a Monarch Butterfly Zone and a Pollinator Garden, Garlock said.
“Noelridge continues to be a gem in the middle of the city, enjoyed by many,” she said. “And we enjoy making it an interesting and inviting green space.”