Burger King recognized for lush landscape in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 August 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – For decades now, Burger King has been an oasis of flowers, grass and small trees on a section of Main Street dominated by asphalt.

The Albion Betterment Committee on Saturday morning presented the store’s owner, Mark Cammilleri, with a “Landscape Award” for his years of upkeep and commitment of a colorful lawn with lots of flowers. Cammilleri is pictured with Linda Davis, who has been planting and maintaining the flowers for many years.

“We want to recognize their longevity of commitment,” said Gary Kent, a director with the Albion Betterment Committee. “It’s clean and there are tons of flowers blooming.”

Cammilleri’s father James bought the Burger King store in Albion in 1989. He wanted perennials and green space.

“Curb appeal is very important,” Cammilleri said. “This isn’t your normal, bland landscape.”

Cammilleri credited Davis for planting the flowers, and developing a plan so different ones are blooming from spring to late summer.

The Betterment Committee recognized Albion Agencies with a Landscape Award last week. That business has been locally run since 1844. Kent and the Betterment Committee also wanted to honor a franchise owner for years of effort with flowers and lawn beautification efforts.

Linda Davis and Mark Cammilleri are pictured with Albion Betterment Commitee directors, from left: Gary Kent, Gary Derwick (second from right) and Joe Gehl.