Mary Frost of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports that the Montague Street Business Improvement District was once again named the Greenest Block in Brooklyn, commercial category, in the annual borough-wide contest sponsored by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In its 25th year, the “friendly but fierce” competition drew 160 blocks across 30 neighborhoods vying for the greenest title in the residential and commercial categories.
According to the Eagle, Kate Chura, executive director of the Montague BID, and Estela Johannesen, owner of James Weir Floral, accepted the honor on behalf of the BID. “‘The person who makes it green is Estela,’ Chura told the crowd. ‘With 50 trees in the BID and four containers on each tree, that’s 200 window boxes we water each day.'” Chura also told the Eagle that James Weir Floral “selects the material and cares for all of the plantings along Montague Street. They also add compost and mulch to all 50 trees.”
In the residential category, the victors were the hopeful horticulturists living on Lincoln Place between Nostrand and New York avenues in Crown Heights, who entered the contest under the team name “P.L.A.N.T.s” – Preserving Lincoln’s Abundant Natural Treasures.
(All photos courtesy of James Weir Floral.)