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"Winners in our eyes"

Horticulture Society members Betty Klassen, Meg Suderman and Margaret Krahn.

Horticulture Society members Betty Klassen, Meg Suderman and Margaret Krahn.

By Steven Sukkau

The Winkler Horticulture Society's city beautification efforts were recently recognized in the form of a nomination for the 2012 Premier's Volunteer Service Award.

The nomination in the community group category honours the efforts and dedication of outstanding volunteers in Manitoba, thanking them for their inspiration spirit and dedication to the community.

And while the Horticulture Society did not receive the award, the nomination did produce commendations and thanks.

"Volunteers represent the heart of our province and your efforts have certainly not gone unnoticed or under appreciated," Premier Greg Selinger wrote in a letter to the society, adding the nomination is a strong vote of appreciation for the many hours of volunteer time, energy and skills.

Mayor Martin Harder praised the society for their many years of tireless volunteer efforts to enhance the beauty of Winkler, which has garnered Winkler a spot on the national stage on the cover of the Home Hardware calendar.

"As a city we recognize the tremendous contribution the society has made to the success of our city," Harder said. "And they will forever be winners in our eyes."

The society is currently hard at work, preparing the flower pots to be displayed on city streets this June. Flowers on display include Dragon Wings, Potato Vines, Bidens and the Winkler favourite, Petunias.

Horticulture president Meg Suderman said the Petunia is easy to care for, looks attractive and blooms all summer.

Looking to get in on the planting action? Volunteers are needed the second week of June when the Horticulture Society kicks off their annual planting blitz around the city. To help call 325-9147 or 325-4523.