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Yard of the Month

Newton Yard of the Month awarded

NEWTON, N.C. – The Newton Appearance Commission presented Tony and Jenny Gallegos with the Yard of the Month honor for the month of July.

The Gallegoses—both master gardeners—enjoy the blooms of at least 20 different types of flowers at any given time of year. Different species of ornamental and edible plants abound at every turn of the narrow paths that lace their yard.  

“The rare and different stuff is what we’re drawn to,” Tony Gallegos said, noting that many of the plants in the yard are native. “For us to plant something in our yard, it’s got to be edible, native or really unusual.”

The Gallegoses moved into their home on East 23rd Street in 2003 and immediately went to work. One of the first things they did was have their soil tested.

“You have to get your soil tested,” Jenny Gallegos said. “It’s so important and the county does it for free.”

“The soil gets compacted when houses are built,” Tony Gallegos added, “so you really need to do what you can to improve the soil.”

The Gallegoses use lots of mulch and compost—much of which they get free of charge from the city of Newton—to make sure their soil has the nutrients the hundreds of plants in their yard need to thrive. They recently started raising chickens in their backyard, beside a greenhouse made from salvaged doors and windows.

“The yard is so unique, and the fact that it’s environmentally friendly makes it even more special,” said Collette Touchette, Appearance Commission chair.

Photos of the Gallegoses’ yard are available on the city of Newton’s Facebook page.

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

Newton Yard of the Month
Newton Appearance Commission Chair Collette Touchette (right) presents the Newton Yard of the Month honor to Tony and Jenny Gallegos.

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.