Couple earns June 2012 "Yard of the Month" honor

Couple earns June 2012 “Yard of the Month” honor

NEWTON, NC (June 13, 2012) – Philip Toelkes and Brandi Tolbert have been rewarded for their hard work and beautification efforts as the couple has earned the June 2012 “Yard of the Month” honor. The monthly award was presented by the Newton Appearance Commission.

The couple has lived at their residence on South Brady Avenue for about six years, and has made some drastic landscape improvements through thoughtful planning and subsequent landscaping.


Brandi said she does the mowing of their weed-free yard, while Philip is caretaker of the many flower beds and planner of their innovative landscapes. Their two “yorkie-poo” dogs, Cooper and Isabella, oversee security of their yard.

“I feel proud to earn this honor because we’ve worked very hard,” Toelkes remarked. “We both work equally as hard. It’s a partnership and we both really enjoy it. We’ve been working six years to get to this point.”

One of the major projects included a total makeover of the back yard, including re-grading, installing sod and plants, and fencing. Examples of the couple’s wide variety of plants include: gardenias, camellia bushes, hydrangeas, Japanese andromeda, and many more.

The City of Newton congratulates the couple on their selection as “Yard of the Month” for June 2012, and expresses its appreciation for their beautification efforts.

The Newton Appearance Commission is accepting nominations for “Yard of the Month” through August. Selection will be based on attractive, well-maintained landscaping and overall aesthetics. For more information, contact the Newton Recreation Department at (828) 695-4317.

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About the Newton Appearance Commission… The Newton Appearance Commission makes a careful study of the visual problems and needs of the city and the area comprising the Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction of the city. The commission makes plans and carries out any programs that will enhance and improve the visual quality and aesthetic characteristics of the city. Members are appointed by the City Council.