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In top place for Yard of the Month are Barry and Janice Rudisell of 2601 Iman. The manicured green lawn and shrubs set this corner lot apart. Propelling them to the top is the great floral display in pots along the front steps. They are the new kids on the Yard of the Month block this year, but were a first-place finisher in September of last year. Keep up the good work!
In second are Graham and Alice Kennedy of 8516 Wheeling. Their home always has a neat manicured look, no matter what the season. This is the fifteenth time that the Kennedys have placed in the finals in the last two years, having placed first in June of 2012. Check out the new summer flowers in the front beds.
Finishing third are Michael and Tracy Patnesky of 2505 Coxindale . The yard looks crisp and tidy and the splash of color by the mailbox is a welcoming touch.
Congratulations to each of the homeowners for the consistent quality care they give to their homes and yards and thanks to Larry Deckard and Jamie Visocan who assisted me on the judging panel.
Cheryl Doyle Kearns, the managing editor of CIRCA (formerly Heritage) magazine, will be joining the Alyson Pond Garden Club as it makes its Duke Garden Tour on Friday, September 24, 2010. Cheryl is not only an editor, she is a regular contributor to the publication, writing about gardening and outdoor living in the North Raleigh and Wake Forest areas. She is a Master Gardener and active member of the Martindale Garden Club.
“We’re thrilled to have Cheryl join our tour” says Paul Martin, coordinator of the Alyson Pond Garden Club. “I met Cheryl when I was a guest lecturer for the Martindale Club and was impressed by her horticulture knowledge. Her experience and expertise will be a welcome addition to the tour.”
The tour participants will depart the Alyson Pond Clubhouse at 2 PM and gather at the Duke Gardens where at 3 PM they will be met by a senior Duke Gardens staff member who will give a personal guided tour through the Gardens. At 4 PM the group will be invited to a private preview of the Fall Crafts and Plant Sale.
“I met Cheryl when I was a guest lecturer for the Martindale Club and was impressed by her horticulture knowledge. Her experience and expertise will be a welcome addition to the tour.”
There are still a handful of spaces available for the tour. Admission is $10 which will go towards the tour guide and a contribution to ‘The Friends of Duke Gardens’ . For more information or to make your reservation, please contact Paul Martin at 847-1733. The deadline for admission is Friday, September 17, 2010.