Island Homeowners are Rewarded by Garden Club for Beautiful Yards
From May-September the Daniel Island Garden Club announces the winners of the “Yard of the Month” in the Daniel Island News paper.
The Daniel Island Garden Club, which was founded in 1998, began the “Yard of the Month” contest back in 2004. Selections are made only during the warmer months starting with May and going through September, and then there is a special selection during October for the Halloween Decoration Contest and in December for the Holiday Decoration Contest. There are currently eight neighborhoods that make up Daniel Island (Daniel Island Park, Etiwan Park, Codner’s Ferry Park, Center Park, Barfield Park, Smythe Park, Cochran Park, and Pierce Park) and one yard is selected from each neighborhood. There are a total of sixteen judges, who are all members of the garden club. Two judges are assigned to each park.
Judging happens during the last week of the prior month. For instance, the May winners were judged during the last week of April. This is important information to know if you are vying for the prize as you can really tidy things up just before that week. Once the winning yards have been chosen, the homeowners are contacted and asked permission to place the sign in their yard and have their home’s picture in the paper.
So, what does it take to win? Club member Stella Hyatt, offered these tips, “The Yard of the Month should have a variety of plantings and colors, no dead trees or shrubs or grossly overgrown plants. Grass should be mowed…neatness is important.” Hyatt also said that, "the judges look for homeowners who have gone above and beyond with their gardening, such as attractive planters, yard ornaments or statuaries that enhance the beauty of the property.”
As you can see from the photos of some of the May 2013 winning yards, much time and detail has been put into crafting these beautiful yards. It sure does make the island that much more special when residents spend time nurturing the appearance of their yards. And sometimes it takes a good contest to get residents to pull out their gardening tools!
© Copyright The Daniel Island News, writing credit, by Katherine Smith