Community garden takes home blue ribbon

John C. Anderson Apartments, an affordable LGBT-friendly senior housing complex, once again has been recognized by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society as having the Best Community Flower Garden.

A blue-ribbon winner for the fourth time, John C. Anderson’s “The Courtyard” has been earning recognition nearly since established in 2014, when the building opened. Kicked off with a “Comcast Cares” day five years ago, the garden, with a fountain centerpiece, continues to flourish.

This year’s Horticultural Society contest had over 450 entries and judged gardens based on aesthetic appeal, plant health, edible plants, habitat for pollinators, connections to family and neighbors and more. 

Elizabeth Williams and Frank Potopa are two residents largely responsible for the continued success of the first-floor garden at John C. Anderson. Williams has a great deal of horticulture and design experience and described Potopa as a “master gardener, all-around handyman and the best garden buddy I could ever hope for.” She added, “without Frank’s dedication and muscle, we would have not taken these four wins. The garden would never be what it is were it not for his extraordinary efforts.” 

Williams said JCAA’s “little garden gang” is grateful for the opportunity to create a beautiful space, and “we invite and encourage all residents and community members to participate, have a party or just relax and enjoy our community garden.”