Rock Spring Garden of Year 2015

Cathy Jamieson accepts the 2015 Rock Spring Garden Club garden-of-the-year award from Barry Wood.

It is described as a “dynamic and evolving work,” with mirrors and pottery installations the latest experiments, and that creativity was rewarded as the home of Cathy Jamieson and Fred Edwards has been honored as “Garden of the Year” by the Rock Spring Garden Club.

The four-season garden, located in the 6300 block of 19th Street North, is designed to be both visually stimulating and environmentally friendly – and to accommodate the raising and training of Labrador retrievers at the home.

As part of the victory, Jamieson won bragging rights and a permanent plaque denoting her accomplishment.

“I have just the place for it!” she said during the awards ceremony, held June 11 at Little Falls Presbyterian Church.

The competition brought together 12 finalists, whose gardens had been culled from a larger group of nominees and were judged by a panel of three landscape designers.

The garden club opted this year to limit the finalists to a dozen; in some years, the number being judged stood at more than 50.

Second place went to Ken Aughenbaugh and Melanie Melin, for their “always in bloom” home in the 2300 block of North Stafford Street, with third place awarded to Mike Pugh, for his “hospitable retreat” garden in the 3500 block of North Piedmont Street.

Barry Wood, who chaired the competition, said each year brings the event to new heights.

“We appreciate all the efforts the contestants put in,” he said. “They’re wonderful.”

The three award-winning gardens were open that afternoon so garden-club members could take a closer look. So, too, were top-finishing gardens of Tom and Elizabeth Anderson, Bonnie Beckett and Suzee Wesemann.

“It’s time to go tour and see them in real life,” Wood said as he closed out the proceedings.

The entire field was captured by club member and photographer Mary Cottrell, whose annual slide show drew “oohs” and “ahhhs” (and the occasional knowing chuckle) from the garden aficionados.

Marjorie Melnick, who is wrapping up a two-year stint as president of the garden club, said the competition is one way for the group to expand its footprint in public consciousness.

“This is such an outstanding program, and it’s wonderful for the community,” she said.

The club takes a break over the summer, but will return with a new year of programming in September. For information, see the Web site at