May Yard of the Month

NEWTON, NC (June 3, 2019)—The Newton Appearance Commission recently presented Jason and Teresa Keimig with the Yard of the Month honor for the month of May.
May Yard of the Month
The Keimigs home on North Main Avenue, a 1923 American Foursquare, features bountiful flower beds, lush potted plants, and an assortment of yard art the couple has collected over the years.

Teresa Keimig said she loves finding plants no one wants to buy—plants that have been under watered or need some extra attention—and buying them at a discount. She then plants them in her yard and nurtures them back to health. She credited a friend who lives in Kansas City with helping her lay out her flower beds when she and her husband moved to their Newton home several years ago.

The Keimigs said they recommend looking at a yard as a long-term project rather than worrying about having everything exactly as they want it immediately. They accumulate plants and decorations over time and continue working every year to make their yard look better and better. They also look for ways to use items they find in unexpected ways, like the birdbath base they fashioned out of a piece of a hot water heater.

“We love getting to know our neighbors through gardening,” Teresa Keimig said.

Photos of the Keimigs’ lawn are available on the city of Newton’s Facebook page.

The Appearance Commission continues to accept nominations for the 2019 Yard of the Month honors. Selection is based on landscaping and overall aesthetics. If you know someone whose yard deserves recognition, complete a nomination form available by clicking here or at Newton City Hall, 401 North Main Ave. For more information, email Philip Toelkes, Appearance Commission member, at