Alhambra Beautiful Award winners boost curb appeal with thriving landscapes

By Julie Carlson

The award presentation was hosted by The Alhambra/The Ratkovich Co. and Wayne Ratkovich.

The 2019 Alhambra Beautiful Awards/Chamber Mixer was held July 24 at The Alhambra in the Courtyard, 1000 S. Fremont Ave. Developed by The Ratkovich Company, The Alhambra, an innovative urban community, was a perfect spot for the annual celebration.

Just like last year, the 31st annual awards focused on Water Wise landscaping. The Chamber once again partnered with the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and the City of Alhambra for the event. The informal contest is hosted by the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce for homeowners and businesses to award and honor individuals who maintain the most beautiful curb appeal. They do so by using plants and flowers that are drought tolerant and by making good use of conservation resources and colors that complement their structures. Mayor Adele Andrade-Stadler, District 5; Katherine Lee, District 1; Ross J. Maza, District 2; Jeff Koji Maloney, District 3; and David Mejia, District 4, were on hand for the ceremony.

There were five first place winners: Scott Langteau on Hidalgo Avenue, Alvin Ly on Violeta Drive, Adam Farabee on N. Dos Robles Place, Sandra Anderson on S. Palm Avenue, and Bob and Karen LeBrun on Winthrop Drive. David Wang on N. Fifth Street was a winner for his Multi-Family Residential home.

The Andersons, who have lived in Alhambra for 32 years, decided they wanted a prettier and more drought tolerant yard that required less watering. The couple saved and were eventually able to work with their gardener on what they wanted. "My husband and he designed it," S. Anderson said. "My husband wanted some grass. At first, I didn't. But he won. We just love it [her yard]. I sit every morning out on my porch and have my coffee. It calms my nerves."

There were also five honorable mentions that went to Stacey Brantley on W. San Marino Avenue, Linco Chow on W. Alhambra Road, Charles Koppany on S. Primrose Avenue, Valarie Arriola on S. Meridian Avenue, and Virginia Orenos on Winchester Avenue.

Ms. Chow, of District 3, was excited to receive her Honorable Mention Award. For one year, she worked on her corner yard by herself. She said she can't believe it's been five years already. "Everybody passes by and says I love your plants." Being an artist, Ms. Chow has created complementary and colorful desert-like landscaping.

Outstanding Commercial Awards were given to Sister Kathleen Callaway of Ramona Convent Secondary School at 1701 W. Ramona Road and Michael McCollum and Neslly Herrera of Iona Work Spaces at 1500 W. Alhambra Road.

For more information on the awards and the Business After Hours Mixers, call the Chamber at 626-282-8481.


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Jan 2022


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