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City awards new top honor to CC grounds crew for Cascade Avenue flower beds

CC's stunning Cascade Avenue public-median flower beds, "adopted" by the college's grounds crew, have again won top honors in the City of Colorado Springs' "Springs in Bloom" competition. The city created a new award to bestow upon CC this year: The 2007 Best Overall Bed award. Since 2004, individuals, families, clubs and businesses have adopted any of about  70 flower beds throughout Colorado Springs. CC dug in from the beginning, adopting the long medians that stretch down the center of Cascade Avenue between Uintah and Cache La Poudre streets.

Horticulturist Cecelia Gonzales said the two 1,100-square-foot flower beds each hold 2,292 plants this year, for a total of 4,584 plants. She and a crew of grounds workers spent at least 140 hours preparing, planting, weeding and deadheading flowers in the median beds. Each year, the city honors just three flower-bed adopters with the Golden Trowel Award. The college was a finalist for a Golden Trowel Award in 2004, won the Golden Trowel Award in 2005, reaped a second Golden Trowel Award in 2006, and now takes the "Best Overall Bed" accolade.

Shown here: Cecelia Gonzales and Kyle Larsen deadhead flowers in the northernmost median flower bed.