Congratulations to Gary Chenowith at 141 Bon Aire for May Yard of the Month! He has a Master's Degree in Horticulture and works at Jackson's Home and Garden, so it's no surprise he has a beautiful garden at home. Gary has lived here since 1999 and if you have driven on Bon Aire you have surely seen his spectacular garden. And you might have noticed his house at Christmas too, he goes all out with thousands of lights and all kinds of decorations. His garden is slowly becoming more plants and less grass; all the original landscaping was removed to begin his project that keeps evolving with each passing year. He has a wonderful variety of plants including smoke tree, calylophus, bird of paradise, blackfoot daisy, gray santolina, agave, yucca, abelia, coneflower, scabiosa, peony, jewels of opar, canna, and many annuals too. Of special note is his amazing bougainvillea: he has a large pot near the house and two pots on either side of an arbor which will be covered later this summer as the weather gets hot and the plants grow. His secret to keeping them coming back every year? Once the weather gets cold, he covers each plant, mulches it heavily and adds little Christmas lights that are on 24/7. Stop by and say hi to Gary, he is out in his garden often.
2020 Yard of the Month Guidelines by Suzy Renz Yard of the Month
Old Lake Highlands Neighborhood Association seeks to improve the overall appearance of our community by encouraging neighborhood beautification. The Yard of the Month program recognizes homeowners who add beauty to our neighborhood with the landscaping and maintenance of their yards.
The winning Yard of the Month will be provided with a decorative yard sign for display in their yard and a $50.00 gift certificate provided by North Haven Gardens. An announcement and picture will be posted on the Old Lake Highlands website, Facebook site, and Next Door. We want to thank North Haven Gardens for their sponsorship of our Yard of the Month program and their generous contribution of gift certificates to the winners.
Judging will be based on ‘curb appeal’ considering front and side yards only as viewed from the street.
Judging criteria include: overall appearance and appeal, well-maintained yard, originality and creativity of landscaping, use of color and/or texture, and use of waterwise and native plants. We also look for the use of decomposed granite, flagstone, groundcover, etc. in place of cement and lawn grass. The committee also notices if neighbors are adhering to City of Dallas watering restrictions.
The same property cannot receive the Yard of the Month award twice within 24 months.
Judging will be done by the Yard of the Month committee of OLHNA. The current month’s winner may accompany the committee to judge the following month’s winner.
Yard of the Month is an OLHNA program that is sponsored by North Haven Nursery. Each month the committee members of this program, will locate the best looking yard in the neighborhood. If your house is selected, you will be given a Yard Of the Month sign and a gift certificate to North Haven. All the more reason to keep your yard looking great! Please send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org