By: Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern
The Dreamscape Raffle makeover process for the property of Steven Williams and David Jesse of West Akron is happening right now through August 8th. Craig Graf and Lisa Graf, of Graf Growers Garden Center and Landscaping are the lead landscape designers for this year’s project. The makeover process began last week when Advanced Arboriculture began removing trees from the backyard. Graf Growers and Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLC began their work over the weekend breaking down the site to prepare the yard for the week’s landscape makeover. Excavation equipment was rented from Copley Tool Rental.
Monday- day one, Gates Landscaping Co. started the prep work for the installation of the hardscaping for the patio and fire pit with pavers and sand/gravel donated by Belgard® Sales and W.L. Tucker Supply respectively. The hardscaping installation continues through Wednesday with both R.B. Stout, Inc. and Graf Growers laying the patio extension. R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design, Inc. have begun installing maintenance -free fence and pergola.
Keep Akron Beautiful’s Flowerscape Crew, working side by side with a crew from Paul’s Greenhouse, will spend Friday morning planting. All of the plants and one new shade tree are being provided by Dayton Nurseries, Pam’s Perennial Plant Farm, and Suncrest Gardens. Two planted urns are being donated by Donzells Flower and Garden Center. Topsoil and compost are will be supplied by KB BioEnergy, Inc. and blown into the beds on Friday by TerraScape Ltd. Tim’s Custom Electric will install light fixtures under caps, donated by Cascade Lighting, Inc., to provide the finishing touches on a dramatic backyard living room design.
Thanks to Circle K, Earth Fare-Fairlawn and Main Street Gourmet for providing beverages, ice, cookie dough, energy bars and drinks for the Vendor Partner crew members during this summer week of labor. It took a team effort of green professionals and we will all be proud of the final result!
A special thanks to Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc., Star Printing Co. Inc. & YES Press Printing Co., and our marketing and communications media Vendor Partner companies. All proceeds from the sales of the 1,500 Dreamscape tickets will be used to fund the Keep Akron Beautiful Flowerscape public beautification program.