• News Release Bright Spot Award for August - SIU Physical Plant's hydrangeas

    August 22, 2019
    Heading south on Wall Street, approaching Grand Avenue, you come over a hill and the scene on the right is filled with clusters of white on green: the bushes along the Wall & Grand Apartments are Limelight Hydrangeas, specifically Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’.  They caught the attention of the Keep Carbondale Beautiful Board and earned the SIU Physical Plant Service the Bright Spot Award for August.  
    Panicle hydrangeas can be found on campus in front of Faner Hall (see photo) and around town thanks to gardeners who have caught on to their hardiness to winter and urban conditions, as well as their low maintenance. They are native to China and Japan.  The ‘Limelight’ cultivar produces dense, cone-shaped clusters (panicles) of flowers that start out a creamy white, becoming light green, then pink, and finally beige.  So keep an eye on them for a color show.
    The bushes in the photo were planted by Stephanie Wells and Kohl Hambleton, overseen by Grounds Foreman Joyce Lee, who had only good things to say about hydrangea. “The flowers last through October.” And they soften the concrete of Faner Hall: “They’re like a shield protecting the pedestrians.”   
    The Keep Carbondale Beautiful, Inc., Board selects businesses or residences to receive the Bright Spot Award for enhancing the beauty of our community by means of revitalization of property, new construction, plantings and beautification, upkeep and maintenance, or rehabilitation.
    If you would like to nominate a business or residence to receive the Award, please call the Keep Carbondale Beautiful office at 525-5525 or email BrightSpotAward@gmail.com.  Archives of some past Bright Spot Award winners may be found at keepcb.org.
    Sarah Heyer, Executive Director