GREENFIELD — Calling it a labor of love, Carolyn Haas spends hours each day in her yard, making sure it looks good to people driving by her home on Apple Street. Now, others have taken notice as well.
Her efforts – along with the help of landscaper Jonathan Levering – have won Greenfield in Bloom’s first Yard of the Month award for 2014.
The group, now in its 10th year, handed out 100 decorative door hangers around the city thanking homeowners for their hard work before picking one winner for July. A Yard of the Month will also be designated in August and September.
“I just think it is so exciting,” Haas said. “I have two part-time jobs, but my friends and neighbors know I love to spend time outside.”
Local committee member Gwen Betor said several Greenfield in Bloom volunteers drove around Greenfield in June, much like people do at Christmastime looking at lights. They checked out yard neatness, floral beauty and the overall quality of the yard before handing out awards to the best of the best.
Haas’ yard was selected as this summer’s first winner because it offered so much.
Her front yard features red roses that brightly contrast with violet coneflowers, yellow daylilies and numerous other plants.
“I liked the color she had in the yard; the sweep and the variety is just beautiful and inviting,” Betor said.
Haas said she found out earlier this week she had won. She had just finished mowing and trimming the yard.
She moved into the home in the winter of 1997 and said she immediately started making plans to make the yard an oasis.
“I’ve made lots of changes through the years,” Haas said.
After she took her ideas as far as she could, Haas contacted Levering a few years ago, and together, they have brought the yard to its present state.
“I wanted to work with a landscaper because I wanted something new,” Haas said.
While Levering said Haas has done much of the work and upkeep, Haas said they have collaborated on making the yard one of a kind.
“I tell him I want something new, and we talk about it and put it in,” she said.
They tend to agree on most of the plants and flowers surrounding her yard, except one: the pinkish, red and white peppermint flowers near the front door.
“I always say they’re more of a girly plant,” Levering said with a smile.
“Oh, I just love them,” Haas said. “All the ladies always ask about them.”