MILFORD - The “pursuit of projects contributing to the beautification of the Borough of Milford” is the cornerstone of the mission of the Milford Garden Club.

Since the early 1950s the club has dedicated “time, talent and treasure” to establish beautiful plantings around town whether it be the three entrances (Kiger, Kennedy and Apple Valley triangles); public buildings (Administration Building, Court House, Community House, etc); local parks (Ann Street, Barckley and especially Remembrance Place) and most especially, the planters that line Harford and Broad Street. It is truly a labor of love for members.

This year they decided to recognize businesses in Milford which go “above and beyond” to celebrate the mission of the Milford Garden Club. They have established an annual Emerson Award to recognize this effort. Ralph Waldo Emerson is known for saying, “the earth laughs in flowers.”

The club’s first annual Emerson Award was given to Chris and Georgia Stamatis and Nick Kolokithas of the Milford Diner and Deb Brooks of Ambience. Each were awarded certificates in mid-August.

When asked why they take such efforts to make the outside of their businesses so attractive, they each replied “because we want to do our part to make Milford beautiful!”  The Milford Garden Club thanks them for their commitment to beautifying Milford.