Yard of the Month

Newton Yard of the Month awarded to Ann Corpening

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NEWTON, N.C. – The Newton Appearance Commission presented Ann Corpening with the Yard of the Month honor for the month of May.

Corpening, 69, lives in the home she grew up in on West C Street, and many of the trees and shrubs that embellish her lawn were planted decades ago by her parents. In addition to lush grass, her yard features azaleas, jonquils, crocuses, impatiens, geraniums and begonias, all of which she cares for herself.

“It requires a lot of work,” Corpening said. “I try to do as much as I can.”

The grass front lawn sweeps up from the street toward the house. A stone walkway curves gracefully from the driveway to the front door and is lined by Japanese ferns, coleus and heuchera.

In the backyard, Corpening keeps a vegetable garden, a container garden, and a grove of dogwood trees her father planted—when he spotted dogwood saplings while hunting, he marked them, returned to them after the hunt, and dug up the young trees to bring home with him. Close to a dozen of the dogwoods anchor a hosta bed toward the rear of Corpening’s property.

Corpening said one of the keys to a beautiful lawn is cultivating plants that thrive in particular soils and sun exposures.

“It’s just a matter of finding what works in your yard,” she said, noting that once she finds a plant that grows well in her yard, she plants the same plant year after year.

Photos of Corpening’s lawn are available here.

If you know someone whose yard deserves recognition, the Appearance Commission continues to accept Yard of the Month nominations. Commission members will choose a Yard of the Month each month through August. Selection will be based on landscaping and overall aesthetics.

For more information about Yard of the Month, email Appearance Commission Chair Collette Touchette.

Newton Yard of the Month
From left, Newton Appearance Commission member Alicia Rayfield, Ann Corpening and Appearance Commission Chair Collette Touchette stand in Corpening’s front yard. Corpening received the commission’s Yard of the Month honor for the month of May.

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.