Beginning in 2011, the City of Norfolk Tree Advisory Board has been awarding the Green Leaf Award to a business on a yearly basis for their exceptional landscaping. The selection is made based on the incorporation of trees, landscaping, and diversity of plantings. In 2015, the Board chose to add an award for a residence as well.
This year the residence that was selected is located at 700 N. Boxelder. The owners, Paul & Sally Splittgerber, have 26 trees which consist of 11 different types of trees. Paul & Sally also have numerous areas in their yard landscaped with grasses, shrubs, perennials and annuals. In addition to the many benefits trees and plants have for our environment, the Spittgerbers are an exemplary example of homeowners that have made an impact by planting, caring, and providing an outstanding visual to our community.
The business Green Leaf Award goes to U.S. Bank for the Memorial located in the northeast corner of 13th & Pasewalk. Resulting from a tragic event of the 5 lives lost on September 26, 2002, U.S. Bank dedicated the area in the shape of a star with five points in memory of Evonne Tuttle, Lola Elwood, Lisa Bryant, Samuel Sun and Jo Mausbach.
The Memorial is beautiful—it is filled with a variety of trees, plants and shrubs. While it is at busy intersection, the beauty of the area and the welcoming interior provides a place of peace and serenity. As the dedication plaque states, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21