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Haenicke Memorial Garden recognized for design, construction

by Deanne Puca

Nov. 14, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU's Haenicke Memorial Garden.
Haenicke Memorial Garden
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Haenicke Memorial Garden was recently recognized for outstanding landscape design and construction by the national Professional Grounds Management Society.

The University received an Honor Award for the garden in the Small Site category of the PGMS 2011 Green Star Awards competition, the results of which were announced in late October in Lousiville, Ky. The garden, located near Waldo Library, was designed and planted in the fall of 2009 in honor of the late Dr. Diether H. Haenicke, former WMU president. Conifers, which were a favorite of Haenicke's, were planted in the garden to add color throughout the winter. The garden also consists of lighting and benches for students to relax.

"This is a great honor to receive," says Tim Holysz, WMU director of landscape services. "It not only recognizes the efforts put in by our staff but also Western Michigan University's commitment toward enriching its students', staff and visitors' lives through green spaces."

Overall, PGMS presented six Grand Awards, seven Honor Awards and two Merit Awards in seven categories of competition. Other projects to receive the prestigious awards included the Biltmore Estate Historic Gardens in Asheville, N.C.; the Evergreen Marriott Resort and Stone Mountain Golf Club, both in Stone Mountain, Ga.; and projects from several other colleges and universities, including Ohio State, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Chicago.

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