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Yard of the Month

NEWTON, N.C. (June 20, 2016) – The Newton Appearance Commission presented Gene and Jane Kelley with the Yard of the Month honor for the month of June.

062316 June Yard of the MonthThe yard at the Kelleys’ home on West 8th Street features roses, hydrangeas, jasmine, assorted trees and shrubbery. There are plenty of quiet spaces for relaxing, including a patio out back. Behind the house, the Kelleys cultivate a variety of vegetables and fruit trees.

“I just enjoy working in the yard,” Gene Kelley said. “I was raised on a farm, so I love this kind of work.”

He said caring for the yard is quite an effort.

“It takes a lot of attention, especially when it really gets hot,” he said.

He recommended fertilizing grass lawns early in the spring and finding the fine line between overwatering and under watering.

To view photos of the Kelley’s yard, click 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, 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.