Yard of the Month
During many months of the year, a home at Holden Beach — one that has a well-landscaped and consistently beautiful yard — is chosen as the club’s Yard of the Month. A photo and article are submitted to the Brunswick Beacon for publication, and a sign is placed in the yard of the selected home.
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has chosen the yard at 115 Sunshine Lane as the May Yard of the Month. “Holden Shamrocks” is owned by Becky and Steve Greene and It’s evident that this yard didn’t happen by luck! Your eye is drawn to the many pink planters on the railing and the well-manicured zoysia grass. When you look further you will find a huge weeping bottle brush, several plumeria, potted hibiscus not to mention an agave plant. Look closer and you will see many bottle and glass art pieces (can you find the frog) all of which Becky created. Look at the colorful painted rain barrel, a gift from their son. Congratulations Becky and Steve.
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has chosen the yard at 112 Golden Dune Way as the September Yard of the Month. In the one year that Nick and Dale Giannatasio have owned “Villa Symposio” they have created an amazing walk through garden. Many hours were spent creating the stone and grass paths that lead to a water feature in the front yard. While visiting the garden butterflies and dragon flies were hovering around the numerous plants. Some of the plantings include crepe myrtles, camellias, zinnias, Mexican petunias, Indian sage and vincas to name a few. Nick and Dale have much more that they plan for their yard in the future. Congratulations Nick and Dale!
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has chosen the yard at 126 Tarpon Street as the August Yard of The Month. Ron and Melanie Champion have created an amazing tropical paradise. The yard features several tall palm trees, a large sago palm, several banana palms. The walkway between the grassy yard is lined with coral rock. There are various pots filled with colorful flowers including hibiscus, plus, several varieties of ornamental grasses. Congratulations Ron and Melanie!
Rob and Melody Megill 198 Ocean Blvd. West
Pam and Terry Lucas 270B Brunswick Ave West
Diane Sellers 122 Ferry Road
The Holden Beach Beautification Club chose the yard at 122 Ferry Road for the November Yard of the month. Diane Sellers, the owner and lone gardener, believes her yard is the first room of her home. It is filled with multiple blooming annual and perennial flowers, crepe myrtles, hydrangeas, and palm trees. The entire yard is full of color and beauty! Congratulations, Diane!
Everette and Betty Graham 159 Brunswick Avenue East
The Holden Beach Beautification Club chose the yard belonging to Everette and Betty Graham as September Yard of the month. The yard at 159 Brunswick Avenue East is a colorful collection of blooms with red, white, and pink vincas, dune rose bushes, hibiscus, and lantana. There is a century plant, a potted red yucca and fern, a blooming crepe myrtle, and a holly bush. Added interest is a tall, beautifully flowering, red plumeria or lai tree, also. Congratulation, Everette and Betty!
Deborah Fish and Gregg Fiesenthaler 136 Sailfish Drive
Congratulations to Mary and Roger!
Bubba Rollins and Amanda Spence 147 Carolina Ave.
Happy New Year to all from HBBC!
Sandy Shihadeth and Tamar Datan 759 Ocean Blvd. West
Ken and Cindy Holland 120 Halstead Street
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has awarded August Yard of the Month to Joe and Sharon Butler of 169 Brunswick Ave. East. Joe’s beautifully manicured lawn is accented by numerous pots of cascading Petunias and Gerber Daisies. They have a section of white fence surrounded by Shasta Daisies in one corner of the yard. The other beds have a Chase Tree, Plumbago, Hydrangea, and Palms. Sharon also has a collection of different stepping stones leading up to the front steps. Congratulations Sharon and Joe!
Genevieve Cassese 334 Marker 55 Drive
Steve and Becky Greene 115 Sunshine
Mike and Dianne Hebert 165 Ocean Boulevard East
The Holden Beach Beautification Club awarded the December Yard of the Month to Mike and Dianne Hebert of 165 Ocean Boulevard East. The Christmas decorations consist of multiple lights in all levels and an eclectic Santa Rooster! Thanks to the Hebert’s for all the work they did to brighten our holiday and congratulations on a beautiful display!
Hilda and Cartland Allen 200 Yacht Watch
Bob and Janette Kendall 222 Lois Avenue
Rose Leonard and Bob Waskey 549 Ocean Blvd. West
Dick and Cathy Saiers 121 Ferry Road
Becky and Dwight Willis 140 Carolina Avenue
Larry and Donna Blume 108 Lions Paw Street
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has awarded June’s Yard of the Month to Larry and Donna Blume at 108 Lions Paw Street. There are many Knock Out Rose bushes, multiple colors of daylilies, Easter lilies, pink dianthus, phlox, yarrow, and many other types of flowering plants to add color. Birdhouses are scattered through the yard. Congratulations to the Blume’s!
Helen and Bo Terry 422 Ocean Blvd. West
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has awarded May’s Yard of the Month to Helen and Bo Terry of 422 Ocean Blvd W. The Terrys have many beautiful Knock Out Roses lining one side of their home. There are a variety of perennials such as Iris, Lilies, Verbena, Lantana, and Dusty Miller to add different colors to the garden on the other side. There is even a Butterfly House for all the butterflies these beautiful flowers attract. Congratulations to the Terrys.
Brenda and Joe Murray 190 Sailfish
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has awarded April’s Yard Of The Month to Joe and Brenda Murray at 190 Sailfish. As you drive up to the Murray home, you are greeted by a pair of Pelicans sitting on top of pillars. There are flower beds on each side of the home’s staircase with a Crape Myrtle Tree, Pansies, and beautiful blue flowering ground cover in each. The back of the house is also beautifully landscaped with a variety of flowers: Purple Verbena, Roses, Iris, and Dianthus.
Congratulations to the Murrays!
Jacque And Michele Eagle 176 Greensboro St.
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has awarded December’s Yard of the Month to Jacque and Michele Eagle of 176 Greensboro Street in Holden Beach.
Jacque has spent weeks working on his Christmas decorations with a Disney theme. There is Mickey, of course, and a castle with fireworks. He has computerized lights with music to enjoy.
There are also singing Christmas trees and lights on all their trees and bushes. The deck chairs have Santa and Penguin covers to dress them up. Santa is piloting the family boat from the garage.
Congratulations to the Eagles!
Rob and Melody Megill 198 Ocean Blvd. West
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has awarded Yard of the Month to Rob and Melody Megill of 198 Ocean Blvd. West. The Megills split their time between California and Holden Beach.
While spending time on Holden they are working hard on their beautiful yard. It has a variety of colorful birdhouses, two cement benches and a bird bath filled with annuals. There are yard ornaments such as a grasshopper and a chicken. A variety of statues are accented with beautiful annual flowers and cacti. Melody told me everything in their yard has come from Thrift Shops including the seating area. Congratulations to the Megills.
Ron and Melanie Champion 126 Tarpon Drive
Ron and Melanie Champion have been awarded the October Yard of the Month. While this yard is consistently beautiful all year, a fun and spooky scene awaits visitors this month! A hard working skeleton yard crew mows the lawn, skims the pool and takes in the scene from a rocker.
Dolly and Lewis Mitchell 132 Tarpon Drive
The September Yard of the Month has been awarded to Dolly and Lewis Mitchell of 132 Tarpon Drive. Throughout the years, eclectic plantings have been chosen for enjoyment of colors and fragrances. There are many background stories and memories associated with the “pass-along” plant selections. The plantings include 10 mature sable palms and a palo verde grown from seeds, a yellow buckeye, fig trees, muscadine vines, and seasonal flowers and vegetables.
Marlene Barz 126 Canal Drive
Marlene Barz of 126 Canal Drive has been awarded Yard of the Month for July. There are beautifully sculpted beds with white Vinca, red Knockout Roses, lime Sweet Potato Vines and red Geraniums. The plants are grouped in mass with red/lime in one bed and white/red in another. There are also palms, various grasses, hydrangea and beautifully flowering vines set amid a lush lawn.
Jackie & Tommy Almond 958 Ocean Blvd. West
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has awarded the home of Jackie and Tommy Almond, 958 Ocean Blvd. West the April Yard of the Month. The home is appropriately named The Almond Joy. Their yard is a delight with multiple flower beds. The center bed has blooming Wave Petunias, Verbena, Geraniums, and Marigolds. The other beds have Verbena and palm trees. This yard is a must see!
Mr. & Mrs. Dean Draughn 151 High Point St.
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Draughn of 151 High Point Street are the January Yard of the Month. Their yard and home received a lot of damage with Hurricane Matthew. The ground floor was flooded and the yard was a “mess.” We could tell this is a loved yard. There is fresh pine straw, ornamental grasses, perfectly edged grass, a palm tree and a red brick driveway border that compliments the home colors. The Draughn’s have accented the plantings with a bird bath, lawn sculptures, rocks and a shell display. We look forward to seeing the Lorapetalum blooming this summer.
Ann Landis 117 Clippership
The Holden Beach Beautification Club November Yard of the Month has been awarded to Ann Landis of 117 Clippership on Holden Beach. Ann has done a beautiful job transforming her yard into an outdoor living space to enjoy year round.
The front yard features a stunning palm tree, Variegated Pittosporum, Pineapple Quava, Hydrangea and Encore Azalea-Autumn Embers. The Encore Azaleas are in bloom now! They are in a bed of Tennessee River Rock. The grass is Zoysia thin blade sod. The backyard features a round fire pit with white Bahama Rock, Little Gem Magnolias, Osmanthus Fragrance Tea Olives, Pink Muhly Grass. They are in a bed of the Dark Cypress Blend Mulch.
Don and Bettie Hall 281-A Brunswick Avenue
The Holden Beach Beautification Club awarded the September Yard of the Month to Bettie and Don Hall of 281 A Brunswick Avenue on Holden Beach. They have created a beautiful garden with a meandering stone pathway accented with flowering Crepe Myrtle, Vinca, Knock-out Roses and statuaries.
Tyra Edwards 115 Golden Dune Way
The Holden Beach Beautification Club awarded the August Yard of the Month to 115 Golden Dune Way, the home of Tyra Edwards. The waterway home’s yard features beautiful palm trees, yellow lantana, knock out roses and lush green grass for year round enjoyment.
Cathy and Howard Peabody 890 Ocean Blvd. West
The Holden Beach Beautification Club selected the home of Cathy and Howard Peabody at 890 Ocean Blvd. West as the yard of the month for June, 2016. This yard is so very well maintained that it projects a feeling of great pleasure to the observer. A scan around the yard reveals plantings of red vinca, red hibiscus, knock-out roses, purple petunias, purple salvia and beautiful palm trees. The lawn gives the feel and appearance of cool carpet. A wonderful feeling to one’s feet as you stroll around the yard (leave the shoes in the car).
Dean and Iris Dull 168 Brunswick Ave. East
The HBBC has selected the Yard of the Month for May, 2016 located at 168 Brunswick Ave. East. The owners, Dean & Iris Dull used a combination of Oleander, Confederate Jasmine, Hydrangea, Crepe Myrtle, with added color and beauty provided by Tulips, Day Lilies, Roses, Dahlias and Iris all anchored by very large Palm Trees. The yard is a major attraction for the many birds that frequent their numerous bird houses and feeders.
Ken and Cecelia Weston 122 Quinton St.
The home of Ken & Cecelia Weston at 122 Quinton St. on Holden Beach has been selected as the “Yard of the Month” for April by the Holden Beach Beautification Club. The yard is very well maintained with well trimmed edging around all borders. Plants compliment each other throughout the landscape. Plants include palms, knock out roses, lantana, Japanese Yew, Indian hawthorne, potted red geranium & dwarf yaupon. The home is on a corner lot with both the front and rear yard equally beautiful.
Dwight and Becky Willis 140 Carolina Avenue
The HBBC selection for the Yard of the Month for December/Christmas theme is Dwight & Becky Willis at 140 Carolina Avenue. The home is beautifully decorated with a great display of lights and attractive Christmas images. The flowers are very seasonal with Mandavilla, red Cana Lillies, Mexican Heather, Lyropia, orange/red Hibiscus under large Palm trees. It is most striking when viewed at night.
Jack and Catherine Smith 124 Frigate Drive
As one wanders around this “Yard of the Month” at the home of Jack & Catherine Smith located at 124 Frigate Dr. on Holden Beach, the visual senses are almost overwhelmed by a cascade of colorful plants, both small and large. Beautiful backdrops of tropical trees and flowing leaves presented on many different types of bushes compliment the many different flowering plants. The yard is bordered by the coastal marsh and attractive fencing. Flowers include Cassie, Vinca, Lantana, Shasta Daisies, and dwarf Butterfly bushes. The water garden is very peaceful and provides a quiet place for meditation.
Tom and Janice Jessee 147 Yacht Watch
The HBBC has selected the home of Tom & Janice Jessee at 147 Yacht Watch Drive for the Yard Of The Month on Holden Beach. The lawn is beautifully manicured and features purple Mexican Petunias, colorful Gaillardias, pink Oleanders, pink Amaryllis, Vinca in many colors, and Verigated Pittosporum.
Mary Lou Lahren 1194 Ocean Blvd. West
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has selected the home of Mary Lou Lahren as its August Yard of the Month. Aptly named “Summer Wind”, the home sits just inside Holden Beach West where a light breeze is always blowing. The yard is adorned with 21 sable palms and two paved border beds filled with blue pacific juniper, Indian hawthorne, knockout roses and day lilies. The east side of the property features potted hydrangeas and sago palms along with a kitchen garden of potted herbs. The backyard pool adds a mini oasis with crepe myrtle, a topiary fig tree and a conical shaped bay laurel.
Caren Bills 206 Brunswick Ave. West
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has selected the home of Caren Bills at 206 Brunswick Avenue West as July Yard of the Month. The landscape is awash with color provided by roses, angel wing begonias and several varieties of hydrangea. A wonderful use of space with Bonsai influences in the Japanese maples, shrubs and Cypress.
Dr. Timothy and Susan Gibble 344 Marker Fifty Five Dr.
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has selected the home of Dr. Timothy and Susan Gibble at 344 Marker Fifty Five Drive as its June Yard of the Month. The landscaping includes many appealing plants such as lilies, lantanas, begonias, and two impressive century plants which are currently in bloom! Palm trees and a large magnolia tree complete the idyllic scene.
Phillip and Judy Brock 198 Greensboro St.
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has selected the home of Phillip and Judy Brock at 198 Greensboro St. as its Yard of the Month for May. Pictured are Judy and her neighbor, Jane Decker, enjoying the picturesque scene. A cornucopia of flowers add a wide array of color: Pentas, Minibells, Periwinkle, Speedwell, Day Lilies, Knockout Roses, Lantana, Salvia, and Hydrangea. The flowers in the pots beside them are Mandavillas.
Freddie and Linda Rast 160 Brunswick Ave. East
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has selected the home, “Rastaways,” of Freddie and Linda Rast at 160 Brunswick Avenue East as its Yard of the Month for April. Beautiful red tulips, colorful bushes, pretty knockout roses and stately palms complete the lovely scene.
Herschel and Mary Beth Edge 107 Sanford Street
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has selected the home of Herschel and Mary Beth Edge at 107 Sanford Street as its yard of the month. A lovely landscaped area welcomes friends to rest and sit a spell on a bench surrounded by containers of pansies and ornamental kale as well as a tall magnolia tree and large sago palm. Wind chimes and a miniature statue complete the relaxing scene.
Ron and Melanie Champion 126 Tarpon Drive
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has selected the festively decorated home of Ron and Melanie Champion at 126 Tarpon Drive as its December Yard of the Month. An illuminated palm tree as well as several lighted pines complete the scene along with an inflatable Santa who is driving a lawn mower.
Charlie and Ros Stokes 870 Heron Landing Wynd
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has selected the home of Charlie and Ros Stokes at 870 Heron Landing Wynd as its October Yard of the Month. Hydrangea, Knockout Roses, irises, daisies, and marigolds compliment the pergola in the appealing backyard.
Richard and Kathryn Saiers 121 Ferry Road
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has selected the home of Richard and Kathryn Saiers at 121 Ferry Road as its September yard of the month. Baskets of calibrachoa and trailing petunia adorn the house. Other plants in the attractively designed yard include salvia, lobelia, candy tuff, heather, encore azalea, and ornamental grass.
Lou and Laurie Cutajar 1050 Tide Ridge Drive
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has selected the home of Lou and Laurie Cutajar at 1050 Tide Ridge Drive as Yard of the Month.
The well-landscaped yard features a kaleidoscope of color with Maiden Grass, Russian Sage, Butterfly Bush, Catmint, Cone Flower, and Bigleaf Hydrangea.
Photo: Lou Cutajar is shown in his yard with Ann Landis and Carol Colclough, HBBC members.