Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Master Gardeners Yard of the Month - Summertime - Easy Livin

Memorial Day as a holiday doesn't have the glitz, glamour or fireworks of the 4th of July but it may have something even better. It is the holiday that screams “summer is here”. Kids are free of school, grills are fired up and families head to the beach. And all of us happy gardeners have dirt under our fingernails once again.

The Winston County Master Gardeners Yard of the Month for June also seems to yell “Hurrah, summer is here”. This yard belongs to Mrs. Tommy Lee Kirkpatrick (Joyce) who lives at 60 Henry Moore Avenue. Joyce's yard is bright, colorful and quite lovely to look at.

Joyce is a native of Louisville who has lived on Henry Moore Avenue for 8 years. She survived the tornado as we all did by praying and hunkering down to hope for the best. She lost all her trees in the yard as well as patio furniture, benches and a small bridge. She had to live elsewhere for 9 months while her home underwent repairs.


Today Joyce has a variety of radiant flower beds that flank her front entrance. These flowers include zinnias, moss rose, verbena, periwinkle, penta, and scaevola. She has a bed with whimsical bird houses that were painted by her granddaughter. This bed contains a beautiful purple butterfly bush, clematis vine, and ornamental grasses. Joyce also has several roses, crepe myrtles, and assorted shrubs.
Visit Joyce's yard. It feels like flying a kite on a summer day. Enjoy!

Also remember to take the Yard Tour on June 10th. It is sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Winston County and features the yards listed below :

Cassandra Fulton at 3077 Highway 397
Beth McCool at 415 East Main Street
Rebecca Gravett at 830 Poplar Flat Road
Door prizes will be given.

Submitted by Diana Northcutt