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.
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!