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Yard of the Month

NEWTON, N.C. (May 27. 2016) – The Newton Appearance Commission presented Ralph and Geraldine Clark with the Yard of the Month honor for the month of May.

The Clarks have lived in their home on East 22nd Street for the past 51 years, giving them plenty of time to cultivate a beautiful lawn and flower beds in the front and back yards.

Geraldine Clark takes care of most of the plants, and her husband does the weed eating.

“I’m glad everybody liked the yard,” Geraldine Clark said. “I like working outside. It’s my therapy.”

She said most of her plants are perennials, which allows her to avoid replanting every spring. She encouraged gardeners to plant whatever they like and take care of the plants. If a plant doesn’t survive, she said it’s best to not get discouraged and just try another variety.

To view photos of the Clark’s lawn on Facebook, click here.

If you know someone whose yard deserves recognition, the Appearance Commission is now accepting 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, email Collette Touchette, Appearance Commission chair, at ctouchette@charter.net.

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.