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Schonhardt promotes Hilliard during business breakfast By GARY BUDZAK ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Hilliard is a place where dreams can become a reality, Mayor Don Schonhardt told hundreds of business people last week at a morning breakfast meeting in the Four Seasons Columbus. The meeting was a chance for business people to learn about other vendors who had exhibits set up in the space, have a cup of coffee or juice, and network. Several Hilliard City Council members were in attendance, as well as other local movers and shakers. After an hour, Schonhardt spoke briefly, using the meeting to invite businesses and people to Hilliard. “The city of Hilliard has

changed dramatically in the last decade,� Schonhardt said. “Many of you who have not been here for a while have seen the obvious changes to our community. I think one of the most important changes that we can talk about is how business-friendly the city of Hilliard has become.� Schonhardt said economic development director David Meeks “works diligently to reduce and eliminate as many barriers as we are able to make Hilliard a place that you can do business and build that dream of yours into a reality.� He said the Four Seasons was the dream of the late Jim Trueman, founder of Red Roof Inns and a long-time Hilliard resident. Trueman worked closely with

Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, whose facility remains in Hilliard. “The city of Hilliard has made tremendous advances over the past several years, and we’re extremely proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish,� Schonhardt said. “But we’re also transforming Hilliard into the Hilliard of tomorrow, and we have a lot of technology industries that have elected to move their businesses here to the city of Hilliard. “We have Verizon, Star Dynamics, Micro Electronics — many of these names are familiar to you. And we also have many smaller businesses that are taking their dream and turning it into a reality in the city of Hilliard. “BMW Financial Group just

up the roadway, and this (past) week we have 80 of BMW’s top executives from 26 different countries visiting right here in the city of Hilliard. I think that just speaks volumes to what we are able to

provide for the businesses that locate here and the residents who call Hilliard home.� Schonhardt closed by thanking them for attending and urging them not to speed on Trueman

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The Hilliard Area Garden Club’s fourth annual “Garden Affair� is that organization’s big event of the year, according to its president. “It started out with 15-20 people,� said Mike Walls. “Last year, we had around 75-80 people attend, and it’s picked up in interest.� The Garden Affair takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Hilliard Senior Center, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive. Admission is free. There will be exhibits from Amity Abloom, Central Ohio Cactus & Succulent Society, Chadwick Arboretum, Columbus Garden Railway Society, Com Til, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden, as well as other vendors. “It’s very cozy,� Walls said. “We don’t want it to be some national flower show type thing.� The event’s big draw is its guest speaker at 7 p.m. This year, it’s Scott Zanon, the author of “Desirable Trees for the Midwest.� On the book’s website, Zanon said he chaired the Scarlet Golf Course Restoration Committee at the Ohio State University Golf Club in 2003. Finding there were no guides listing desirable trees and possessing degrees from OSU in agronomy and horticulture, he wrote his own book on the subject.

“Desirable Trees� is subtitled “50 for the Home Landscape and Larger Properties.� But don’t expect Zanon to mention every tree. “We started advertising it as the 50, and then he (Zanon) goes, ‘I may only talk about 20 of them, because I’ve only got an hour.’� Walls said the club gets good speakers at their monthly meetings as well, such as Hilliard gardener and television personality Tom McNutt. “He goes, ‘I normally get $20,000 (per talk), but for you guys, I’d be glad to come over,� Walls said McNutt joked. The club also has a summer field trip (last year it was the Cranberry Bog at Buckeye Lake), an annual flower sale and potluck dinners at a member’s home during the growing season. The potluck is a favorite, offering the host a chance to show off. Walls said the club receives $2,000 each year from the city of Hilliard. “What we do is give all of it back in some sort of project every year in the city,� Walls said. The organization’s current project is a veteran’s memorial at the Municipal Park. New members are welcome, Walls said, and the garden club is unique. “We have an amazing number of men that are members,� Walls said. “I think I am the only man president of a garden club in the state of Ohio. One thing we do not do is flower arranging (unlike) a lot of the garden clubs around.�

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