Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center was filled with many unique Christmas tree designs created by area businesses, organizations and individuals as part of the Dreaming of a Green Christmas and annual lighted evening Christmas Strolls. Trees lined the garden pathways and were adorned with seasonal décor made of recycled and repurposed items to represent Shangri La's mission of environmental-consciousness. Over 6,000 visitors participated in this year's holiday-related events at Shangri La and had an opportunity to see and vote on their favorite decorated trees.
Each year, a Christmas Tree Decorating Contest is held to choose the most outstanding decorated tree in one of seven categories. Christmas tree design winners for 2012 are as follows.
Best of Show:
Orange County Master Gardeners
1st Place - Kroger's
2nd Place - In-Focus Camera & Gifts
3rd Place - LaQuinta, Bridge City
1st Place - Van Buren Elementary, Groves
2nd Place - West Orange-Stark Middle School Visual Arts Department
1st Place - Grace Lutheran Church
1st Place - Red Hot Flashers
2nd Place - Orange County Auditor's Office
3rd Place - Cub Scout Pack 311
1st Place - McCormack Family
2nd Place - Bill and Nancy Peveto
3rd Place - Speck Family
Director's Awards, chosen by Shangri La's staff, were given to R & R Auto Supply and Horizon Dental for their commitment to meeting Shangri La's mission through their environmentally-friendly tree designs.
Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Group tours are available. For more information, call 409.670.9113 or visit www.shangrilagardens.org .