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October Yard of the Month: 1836 Thomas Ave
October 8 @ 8:00 am - November 5 @ 5:00 pm
October 2017 Yard of the Month is 1836 Thomas Ave.
When Dave and Sheryl Gerrard bought their house in October of 1995, a huge part of the appeal was the double lot with zero landscaping – a “blank slate.” Really the only original remaining item is a large pecan tree in the backyard that yields wonderful nuts every two years.
Their main goals when planning their plantings were to utilize the natural slopes of the back yard to create garden “rooms” and to have something in bloom all year round. Dave has planned, built and planted pretty much everything you see in the yard. He had created a beautiful flagstone patio and rock walls prior to our home renovations and picked up as much of the stone as possible to re-use after the addition was completed. He built the pond and created the general layout of the yard. His most recent accomplishment is a large stone and cedar gazebo which serves as an outdoor dining room in the back yard.
Dave likes to use found objects and has repurposed cedar logs, field stone and railroad ties in many ways. The yard has been certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat and we take great pride in using plants and shrubs native to the area. Sheryl likes to use perennials wherever possible and fills in with annuals for quick bursts of color. There are always cut flowers available during every season. In addition, there is a large three-season vegetable garden that’s taken over the alley behind the house, and backyard hens provide fresh eggs for us and our neighbors.