By: Ashley Foutty, KAB Intern


It’s hard to believe that for the tenth time in Keep Akron Beautiful history, another Dreamscape Makeover has been completed. The Dreamscape process this year went a little different than usual. Ivette Immormino was chosen as the grand prize winner of the 2013 Dreamscape raffle when her ticket, which she purchased from board member, Eric Jones was drawn on June 6. Due to Ivette not being a Summit County resident, she transferred the prize back to the Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) board, which chose Akron Rotary Camp as the makeover location. Not long after that, Keep Akron Beautiful began working with our vendor partners to help transform the Akron Rotary Camp at Rex Lake into a landscaping dream for our vendors, staff, and especially everyone involving the camp!


While Nick Roth of Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLC began the planning process long ago, the work on the backyard began on Monday, August 5. The Akron Rotary Camp began its journey from the ‘before’ to the ‘after.’ And we have the pictures to show you everything in between!


The gateway at the Akron Rotary Camp went from a grassy, dirt drainage ditch to a large flower bed planted with annuals and perennials, outlined by landscaping rocks to improve the water runoff issue at the camp. Topsoil and compost were donated and blown into the beds and after prepping the two large new planting beds, crews from a canoe rack with lumber donated by National Industrial Lumber Company.The canoe rack served a larger purpose of freeing up the picnic tables in the pavilion at the camp, which were housing the canoes when not in use. Now, the children can safely put the canoes away and launch the canoes from a new beach the crews added.


canoe rack


Numerous amounts of flowers, up lights, path lights, flood lights, timers, and a half moon shaped patio was added around the camp, along with a new and improved irrigation system. It took a lot of teamwork to accomplish the landscaping makeover, and we are lucky to have such great partners to work with!


The Dreamscape Makeover 2013 has the following Vendor Partners, who offered goods and services for the landscape makeover:

Advanced Arboriculture, Apex Electric Supply Co., Belgard® Hardscapes, Cascade Lighting Inc., Circle K, Dayton Nurseries, Inc, Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center, Gates Landscape Co., Graf Growers Garden Center, HF&A Marketing Communications, Inc., KB Compost Services, Inc, Main Street Gourmet, Naragon Irrigation, Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLC, Pam’s Perennial Plant Farm, Paul’s Greenhouse, R.B. Stout, Inc., R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design, Inc., Star Printing Co. Inc., Suncrest Gardens, TerraScape, Ltd., Tim’s Custom Electric Inc., Vision Graphics & Printing, Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc., W.L. Tucker Supply Co., Inc. and YES Press Printing Co.


A special thanks to the businesses who came on to assist with the Dreamscape project in August: NILCO, Rocks R Us, and Earth Fare Fairlawn.


Entertain with the Environment in Mind

By: Ashley Foutty, KAB Intern

ecofriendly party

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle is a goal for many people. However, maintaining this lifestyle is not always easy. What if being environmentally friendly meant you could throw a party or two? The following tips are a few ways party hosts can entertain with the environment in mind:


1. Serve organic foods and vegetables. Visit your local farmer’s market for fresh and locally grown organic foods. Not only will these products be healthier for the environment, but for your guests, as well! When choosing beverages, try to choose the organic wines, teas, and juices, too!


2. Don’t go disposable. Disposable plates and utensils may seem more convenient when having a get-together but these products are extremely wasteful, especially when they aren’t made from recycled materials. The dinnerware you keep in your home will be more eco-friendly and washing them in a dishwasher is very easy!


3. Go paperless. Nowadays everything can be done online. Instead of using invitations, envelopes, and money for postage, send your friends and family invitations via email, texting, social networking, or even a phone call. If you choose to use the traditional invitations, try choosing ones made from recycled or sustainable materials.


4. Choose a convenient location. If you pick a nearby location for everyone, you and your guests reduce the heavy toll that traveling can take on the environment! Plus, your guests will be very pleased when they find out they don’t have to travel far and wide to make an appearance.


5. Take the party outdoors. Save some energy and use the sunshine as natural light for entertaining and seeing all of your beautiful guests!


Hosting a party and doing so in an environmentally conscious way is a lot easier than you think!

Beautification Watch Volunteers Are In Your Neighborhood

by Cindy Pantea

It’s Beautification Watch Awards time!

Keep Akron Beautiful volunteers are out canvassing Akron neighborhoods in search of homes and businesses with yards that stand out in the neighborhood as a litter-free, well-maintained garden paradise with flowers, trees and shrubs.

Keep Akron Beautiful Beautification Watch Awards

Zeber-Martell Clay Studio in the Northside District. Picture courtesy of Chris Hixson.

So far, several people have raved about a couple of businesses in the area that have made it all that more wonderful to shop, dine, live, and/or work in those areas because of their sidewalk gardens.

Zeber-Martell Clay Studio in the northside district is one of those businesses.  With an added touch of whimsical art to make you smile, it is a truly a delightful site.

In fact, Chris, who works at Incite Creative, also at 43 Furnace Street, sent us a photo of it (at right) and said the Zeber-Martell storefront garden is, “one of the most beautiful little gardens in Akron.  I work upstairs in the same building, and I’ve seen how appreciative all the visitors to the neighborhood are.”

Another business is Savoir Faire florist and event planners at Pilgrim Square.

Beautification Watch Savoir Faire at Pilgrim Square

Savoir Faire at Pilgrim Square shopping center on West Market Street, Fairlawn. Picture from Savoir Faire website, about us page.

We’ve heard that Bradley Plaster has taken it upon himself to make the triangle in front of the Pilgrim Square business area as beautiful as the bouquets that the business, Savoir-Faire, creates inside!

Thank you to all the businesses that help Keep Akron Beautiful, and watch the mail for your award in September.

Nominate Someone for a Beautification Watch Award

Yes, you can absolutely nominate a neighbor or business for a Beautification Watch Award. In fact, our volunteers drive through Akron neighborhoods only. They will not leave their car to look in the backyards of homes. So, if you are impressed by a neighbor’s yard (front or back), make sure to nominate them for the Keep Akron Beautiful Beautification Watch Award.

Nominations are accepted through mid August. Just call Cindy at 330.375.2116 option 1 or email us at keepakronbeautiful@akronohio.govJust make sure to tell us the address of the home or business you would like to nominate (include house or building number and street name – zip code not necessary) and I will surely put it on the list. Certificates go out some time in September.

Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter at the left of our home page to keep up with all of what Keep Akron Beautiful is doing for our great city!