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State landscape panel honors Clarence firm for Lockport community garden design

LOCKPORT – Richard M. Tedeschi, owner of Jacrist Gardening Services, the Clarence firm that helped design the community garden on Washburn Street in Lockport last year, said last week that the firm’s efforts have brought it a statewide award.

Tedeschi said the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association has awarded Jacrist its Environmental Beautification Award for 2014 in the category of commercial properties under $25,000 for the Washburn Street garden.

Tedeschi also is the executive director of Imagine Community Gardens, a not-for-profit organization that converted three vacant lots into a vegetable garden.

The 25 gardening plots each produced at least $300 worth of produce.

“What an absolute honor it is to have had a part in transforming these city lots into a site residents can be proud of and that has had such a positive impact in their lives and the surrounding neighborhood,” Tedeschi said.

The city has approved a second garden for this year at Ontario and Hawley streets.