Ingomar Garden Club's park-maintenance efforts earn honor
The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society is honoring the Ingomar Garden Club with its 2013 Community Greening Maintenance Award for the club's ongoing efforts at David E. Councill Memorial Park.
“The award celebrates individuals, garden clubs, community organizations, and businesses which have been inspired to improve their community by greening public spaces,” said Flossie Narducci, events manager for the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society in Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania's first lady, Susan Corbett, will present the award — a plaque — during a reception Dec. 10 at the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg.
David E. Councill Memorial Park — at the intersection of West Ingomar, Highland and Ingomar Heights Roads in McCandless — honors the Ingomar area's first soldier killed in World War II.
A member of the Army Air Corps, Capt. David Councill was flying a four-engine B-24 heavy bomber 1,500 miles from Dakar, Senegal, to Casablanca, Morocco, on Dec. 8, 1943. Within 125 miles of its destination, it crashed into a mountainside.
The plane disintegrated upon impact. Councill was 23 years old.
In 1954, a local family — the Bells — donated about 1.3 acres to McCandless, with instructions to use it for a park in Councill's memory. Councill was their son's best friend.
The Ingomar Garden Club has physically and financially maintained the park for the last 58 years.
“Our budget for the park is $1,500 a year,” said Jackie Nichols of Gibsonia, who has been a member of the Ingomar Garden Club for two decades. “That covers costs for buying flowers, mushroom manure and chocolate mulch,” she explained.
“It also pays for trimming trees and fertilizing the grass.”
McCandless provides mowing service. Members of the garden club donate their time, energy and equipment to prepare the grounds in the spring, plant the flowers, weed, water and winterize in the fall.
“This year, we planted cannas, dahlias, dusty miller, giant marigolds, coneflowers, Stella de Oros and azaleas,” Nichols said.
“There was lots of color, and the perennials were lovely.”
This past summer, landscape-design critics, expert gardeners and judges accredited by the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania evaluated sites throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware for the award. Winners were based on plant variety, design, use of space and horticultural practices.
The judge who assessed the David E. Councill Park noted on his evaluation, “The planted areas, especially the cannas and dahlias, provide visual candy to cars passing by. The space enhances the busy intersection, enabling passengers and drivers in vehicles to enjoy a visual resting place while backed up at the stop sign, as well as beautifying the neighborhood.”
The Ingomar Garden Club won the PHS' Community Greening Award in 2010 for its work at the park, which made it eligible to be considered later for the Community Greening Maintenance Award.
“We're proud to receive this award because we work so hard at the park,” Nichols said. “It is a real asset to the community.”
Laurie Rees is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- New tax to hit most in Richland
- Program offers Pine-Richland students look at career options
- Banking program aims to make Shaler Area students fiscally responsible
- Ross store’s discount helps Al’s Bike Drive to brighten Christmas
- Hampton High grad earns Miss Pennsylvania title
- North Hills High School book drive nets 1,083 items
- Shaler Area reaches contract agreement through June 20, 2019 with superintendent
- Route 8 Nativity scene shines brighter
- North Hills-area children, youths play their parts in ‘Nutcracker’
- Richland church’s pageant mixes faith with fun
- North Hills principal aims to make world ‘a better place’