Presented at the
St.Catharines Trillium Awards September 13, 2006
Good Evening: My name is Dick Thomas and I am a member of the St.
Committee. I am doubly pleased to be here tonight.
First, I have the pleasure of introducing a new Award we have
selected to honour a St Catherine's citizen, business or
organization for outstanding leadership in creating or promoting our
Garden City Image. This award symbolizes the ultimate compliment we
can bestow on the selected recipient. It is meant to convey a rare
high standard of excellence for greening in St Catharines.
I am pleased to be able to present our inaugural Trailblazer Award
to a citizen who is well known to all of St Catharines, Mr. Bruce
Zimmerman. In our estimation Bruce epitomizes the characteristics
that the Trailblazer Award is meant to convey.
Bruce is a local lad, born in Niagara Falls, but we won’t hold that
against him, as he is now a Garden City resident.
After many years study, Bruce has applied his zeal for greening in
many ways, not the least of which was via the media as a
horticultural guru on various TV programs. However, what has
probably made Bruce a household name for everyone in St Catharines
is his “Open-Line Garden Show” on 610 CKTB, which he has been doing
for just a few years . . . since 1990! Along with relevant gardening
information Bruce answers questions from his listeners and some are
real doozers! Using his same cheery voice, we also hear Bruce
espouse his "Plant A Row Grow A Row" program. In 2003 Bruce was
awarded the "Queens Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal" for his
contribution to this most
cause. Bruce is a Member of ‘Landscape Ontario’ & of the ‘Garden
In addition to being a TV and radio celebrity, Bruce also works for
a living, teaches from time to time at Niagara College, has a
part-time horticultural consultant business, maintains a gardening
website, and appears regularly at fairs and open houses to promote
and advise his public.
could not imagine a more suitable initial recipient: we are
therefore extremely pleased and honoured to present Mr. Bruce
Zimmerman with the
2006 Green Committee