For Ruth Knox, there is one source of inspiration that makes her want her yard to look good: Audrey Eller.
Mrs. Knox, who recently received the McDuffie Garden Council's Yard of the Month recognition for March, said that Mrs. Eller's volunteer beautification efforts all over town motivate her to keep her Jackson Street yard pleasing to the passersby.
Ruth Knox talks about the flowers in front of her Jackson Street home.
"Really I get my inspiration from Audrey Eller, who keeps so many different parts of the city beautiful for all of us to enjoy," Mrs. Knox said. "That just makes me think, 'Well the least I can do is to keep my one little corner here on Jackson and Ware as attractive as possible.'"
Mrs. Knox's "little corner" attracted the eye of the Garden Council because of its variation in color. Mrs. Knox said that the recognition has a lot to do with the rye grass, the pansy bed in front of the boxwoods, the daffodils in the back and side yard and the symbol of Thomson, the camellias which are beside the porch.
"My camellias are in bloom now," she said. "It's an old camellia plant. It's almost a tree, and we have to keep it trimmed back. It's at least 60 years old."
The task of keeping the yard neat is not easy to do, according to Mrs. Knox, but she does get help in that endeavor. Bill Wagner of Twin W Landscape has been servicing her yard for 14 years.
"She gets twice-a-week service from us," Mr. Wagner said. "That's a little more than the average person gets."
One of the main things he has to do to keep up the yard is what Mr. Wagner called aggressive fertilizing. Mrs. Knox also said spraying the yard is important.
Mr. Wagner said that the color distinction that caused the Garden Council to choose her yard is dependent on the selection of plants present.
"I would think two things: number one, the good variation in the color of the flowers out in front, the pansies, and the fact that she has a real dark rich winter rye grass," he said. "That kind of jumps right out at you."
Mrs. Knox likes the satisfaction she gets from keeping her yard beautiful for herself and especially for others. She gets inspiration from Mrs. Eller and then passes it on.
"I like to do it for the ones who pass by and enjoy looking at a nice yard," she said. "And it might help others to do what they can in their yard."