The Season’s Best award for Summer 2020 - Lee and Julie Harrington at 7413 Breakers Lane

 

For years, I would travel from Marchman up Mt Vernon toward home and during the stop at Breakers, survey the EMPTY stretch of turf--always with this thought: Please! Just plant at least one tree to soften the hard lines, the imposing structure and to provide a frame for this beautiful house. Well, I never imagined the change to come after Lee and Julie Harrington bought this home. They have graced this neighborhood with an amazing and beautiful landscape for all to enjoy. I told them that this could really be a "lifetime achievement" award and I'll let Lee's response tell the rest of the story…

Kristen Kerwin, Director Beautification/Landscape

 

Thank you! What can I write but thank you for your kind words?  Of course, we accept. In the past, we have avoided the monthly or quarterly awards because we want them to be used to encourage others. It is a work of love, not just for us but for the community in which we live.  As one of the entrance portals to EOFC and being in very bad condition when we arrived in late 2006, we determined to make it worthy of the neighborhood and to help inspire others to improve their yards, as well.  We want to thank especially our near neighbors for their cheerleading: Bill and Jan Hammack, Dave Miller, Mark O'Leary and Denise Dengler; Joe and Debbie Arnette.  Without their praise and prompting none of this would have happened.

 
 

      

     

 

    

 

  

 

 

PAST WINNERS
 
2020
SPRING - The Mohantys at 7505 Breakers Lane
This landscape has new stone/brick edging for the front beds which solved an erosion problem and allowed for renewed St Augustine turf.  The landscape is lovely combination of perennials (Stella D'Oro daylilies, Columbine, Hosta, Heuchera, Autumn fern), annuals (Scarlet "whopper" begonias and caladiums) and two stunning Japanese maples underneath a beautiful Red Oak tree.  In addition, the Mohanty's beautified and upgraded the plantings around an electrical box that straddles their yard and the neighbor's.
 
    
 
2019
FALL - The Pillans at 3908 Guston Hall Court
 
This fairly new landscape (by Knight Design and Consulting) "looks like" Texas. It is drought tolerant and includes soft yucca, Color Guard yucca, feather grass, Salvia Greggii and boulders. The property has a beautiful, mature Red Oak and a tall Little Gem magnolia to give it a strong foundation while the beds and plantings are changed and grow to maturity. The homeowner says they are very happy with the new turf which is Zoysia.
 
    
SUMMER - The Palmers at 3409 Mount Vernon

The annuals are beautiful despite the extreme heat and lack of rain. The yard has an evergreen foundation of shrubs and tree-form Yaupon hollies. In order to make room for color, the homeowner extended the beds another 2’ recently and put in a lovely border of alyssum (waning due to heat but he says it will have another flush of blooming in the fall) and vincas (he says the secret to vincas is coffee grounds). There are also caladiums and cannas beyond the border among the shrubs for added color and interest.  Thanks for your efforts to beautify our neighborhood!

 

      

 

 
 
 
SPRING - The Spurlocks at 7404 White Castle
This landscape has been completely renovated with a very nice stone-accented border for the enlarged beds. The shrubs will continue to expand as they mature and in the meantime there is plenty of room and lots of full sun for annual color-- vincas, zinnias, etc. Two Crepe Myrtles provide a nice frame for the house and a beautiful Red Oak was added as part of the renovation as well. Thanks to the Spurlocks and all the residents who make an effort to beautify our neighborhood.
 
 
               
 
2018 
SPRING    The Memorys at 3928 Woodlawn
SUMMER  Not awarded
FALL          The Bryants at 7605 Marchman
HOLIDAY   The Buttos at 7520 White Castle
 
2017
 
SPRING    The Lanciaults at 3436 Old Manse
SUMMER  The Cooks at 3504 Hearst Castle
FALL          Not awarded
HOLIDAY   The Kittrells at 7313 White Castle
 
2016
SPRING    The Peacocks 3408 Mount Vernon
SUMMER  The Ryans at 7621 Madewood
FALL          The Richards/Maitres at 3908 Boulton
HOLIDAY   The Hutzlers 3700 Gwinn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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