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Built from a blank slate

Check out the eye-catching garden at the corner of Harrison and Holly. Becky and Will Sherman’s beautiful property at 333 Harrison St. is the Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for August. Becky is the primary gardener and stone-wrangler. Will built the handsome fence and deck and manages the irrigation system. When they purchased the home in 2010, the yard was a blank slate. It is anything but that now.

The dahlias and zinnias are sensational. Golden bamboo, controlled by constant monitoring and a deep barrier, provides privacy and a graceful background to smaller plants. Nandina is a favorite “filler” for its year-round interest. Vegetables are interspersed with flowers. The southwest edge of the property is dominated by a small pine and cedar forest.

Becky says the one piece of advice she likes to give to novice gardeners is that it’s OK to cut plants back radically. Her love of blooming plants is a way to fondly remember her late mother who also loved flowers. She averages eight hours a week in the garden, but enjoys the work which she says is better for her than a gym membership. She is constantly adding and changing the plantings

Becky credits neighbor Jennifer Loizeaux for giving early garden advice, and friend Tom Bradley for building wood deck furniture and planter box projects.

The Ashland Garden Club has been selecting Gardens of the Month, from April through September, since 2000. Nominations are gratefully received at aogardenclub@gmail.com. Check out the Club’s website at https://ashlandorgardenclub.wordpress.com/ or come to the meetings at 12:30 on the first Monday of the month, October through May, at Pioneer Hall on Winburn Way.

Photo by Larry RosengrenBecky and Will Sherman’s beautiful property at 333 Harrison St. is the Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for August.
Photo by Larry RosengrenBecky and Will Sherman’s beautiful property at 333 Harrison St. is the Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for August.