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Couple created garden that is easier to manage

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The garden, on East Nevada Street, is Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for July 2022
When the owners purchased the property in 2002, the front yard was almost entirely huge juniper bushes. [Photo by Larry Rosengren]
Sage Hill Landscape installed much of the hardscape. [Photo by Larry Rosengren]
They keep chickens in a charming coop and use their droppings in the compost they regularly manage. [Photo by Larry Rosengren]
Bonnie (Criswell) Engelhardt of Shooting Star Nursery advised the couple, who have two children, on plant selections that would prove much easier for maintenance and require less water. [Photo by Larry Rosengren]
Among favorite plants are older hellebores that line the walkway beside the house on the eastern edge of the property. [Photo by Larry Rosengren]
The backyard was once dominated by a large concrete pad with a laundry line plus a photinia hedge. [Photo by Larry Rosengren]

The garden of Kim Larson and David Minter, at 128 E. Nevada St., is Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for July 2022.

When they purchased the property in 2002, the front yard was almost entirely huge juniper bushes, and the back was dominated by a large concrete pad with a laundry line plus a photinia hedge. David tore out the junipers by tying a line to the roots and dragging them out with a truck.

Initially, Kim, who loves to work in the yard, created gardens in both front and back without an overall plan but discovered they were very high maintenance. Bonnie (Criswell) Engelhardt of Shooting Star Nursery advised the couple, who have two children, on plant selections that would prove much easier for maintenance and require less water.

Sage Hill Landscape installed much of the hardscape from a plan developed with Jane Hardgrove. Kim and David average less than two hours per week now, doing all the maintenance themselves.

Among favorite plants are older hellebores that line the walkway beside the house on the eastern edge of the property, autumn ferns, coral bells and hardy euphorbias. Kim has transplanted shoots from a passionflower vine they thought had died and was pleased to discover it doing well in its new location.

They keep chickens in a charming coop and use their droppings in the compost they regularly manage.

Kim, especially, finds joy in gardening. She says it is therapeutic even to weed and prune, but planting, too, to make things beautiful.

Ruth Sloan is a member of Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month Committee. Ashland Garden Club has been selecting Gardens of the Month since 2000. Nominations are welcome at aogardenclub@gmail.com. See the club’s website at www.ashlandorgardenclub.org.