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LHU named ‘Blooming Business’ by Dogwood Circle Garden Club

Blooming Business

Lock Haven University was recently presented with the Blooming Business Award by the Dogwood Circle Garden Club. Shown from left, are Clay Allen, LHU grounds crew; Craig Rhoads, LHU building maintenance foreman and grounds crew supervisor; Paula Moore, LHU grounds crew; and Mary Vairo, garden club president.

Lock Haven University was recently named “Blooming Business” by the Dogwood Circle Garden Club in Lock Haven in recognition of the attractive and well maintained campus landscape.

The club began recognizing homeowners with eye-catching gardens in 1994 with the Garden of the Month Award, according to Jo Ann Bowes, the club’s treasurer and 20-year member. Last year, they decided to add the Blooming Business Award to also recognize businesses with professional looking landscaping and curb appeal.

The Garden of the Month Award is presented each month from May through October, but only a few Blooming Business awards are given each year. LHU is the recipient of the first Blooming Business Award for 2018.

Club members select award winners based on curb appeal, color, neatness, design, and it must be visible from the street or public alley, according to Bowes.

“The grounds and gardens at LHU are attractive, well-planned and well-maintained,” Bowes said. “Although it was nominated in the latter part of 2017, we waited until spring (to give the award) when it is truly beautiful.”

Winners are given a sign to display during the month they were chosen, as well as a matted certificate to keep. LHU’s Blooming Business sign is located at the main intersection on campus by the Lock Haven University sign.

“I have a great crew that is out there doing the work across campus,” said Craig Rhoads, LHU building maintenance foreman and grounds crew supervisor. “Their job entails much more than just taking care of the grounds … The crew handles many items throughout the week and year and still manage to keep the campus looking great year round.”

In addition to Rhoads, fulltime members of the LHU grounds crew include Clay Allen, Jennifer Crawford, Jason Fisher, Jeff Glossner, Kent Homan, Jay Martin Jr., and Paula Moore.

“Each year we try to look for areas that need improvement and always try and add something that blooms for constant color as the seasons change,” Rhoads said. “I have a great crew that always manages to complete whatever the task at hand may be. The credit belongs to them.”

To view photos of LHU’s landscaping on campus or to nominate a local garden or business for an award, visit

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