Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Yard Of The Month

Not too long ago Louisville looked like many other small towns, a few blocks of downtown stores with a vacancy here and there. It appeared to be just a sleepy little southern town with a declining Main Street. Today our downtown area is bustling and beautiful. Blooming flowers from hanging baskets and large flower pots grace downtown Louisville. In recognition of the city's attractiveness the Winston County Master Gardeners have awarded Louisville's Main Street business area the "Yard of the Month" for October.

Many years ago a local banker, Allen Watts, took a trip to North Carolina and photographed a small town that had installed some beautiful hanging flower baskets on their Main Street. He brought the pictures to the Winston County Garden Club and asked for help to bring something similar to Main Street Louisville. Allen was president of the Main Street Association at the time and he soon had the City of Louisville, the Winston County Chamber of Commerce, Taylor Machine Works, Temtco Steel, all the local garden clubs and many others involved.

 Taylor's fabricated the hangers and baskets and by the next spring there were lovely hanging flower baskets on Main Street. Fast forward to 2017 and the business area in town is enhanced by several large flower pots with blooming hibiscus trees, hummingbird trees, creeping jenny, potato vine, Chinese lantern, shrimp plant, potato vine, Cape cod honeysuckle, foxtail ferns, firecracker plants, impatiens and coleus. Many of the merchants on the side streets have also placed beautiful flower pots by their businesses.

Yarbrough's Nursery, under the supervision of Susan Ard and Maria Cardenas, plant the pots and Barbara's Place does the hanging baskets. Plants also come from Evergreen Nursery. Susan Ard and Eddie Littleton, Jr. keep the pots and baskets watered and cared for. Louisville's downtown area is one of the prettiest in the state and is a source of pride for Winston County. Kudos also go to Susan Ard for the work she does with the Christmas decorations. She begins checking each strand of lights in October and later makes sure the displays are placed in their proper locations. Susan also painted and landscaped the caboose at the intersection of Old Robinson Road and Main Street.

The Winston County Master Gardeners would like to thank everyone that has supported our yards of the month this year. We appreciate the yard recommendations, visiting the yards, and reading our monhtly articles. Please continue to help keep our county beautiful. Thanks again to Rebecca Gravett - May, Joyce Kirkpatrick - June, Dr. Yvonne McNeil - July, Leon and Boots Ellis - August, and Ann Moody - September.