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Gobble wins yard award for second time in 11 years

The second time's also a charm for Rebecca Gobble.

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Mrs. Gobble and her husband purchased a couple of lots over the years to expand the yard to a little more than an acre.
Jason B. Smith
The longtime Holt Street resident was awarded Yard of the Month honors by the McDuffie Garden Council for the second time in 11 years last week.

"It was a thrill," she said. "It certainly was a thrill to have it the second time."

The lawn was something both she and her husband Joe took part in when they first received the award in 1993.

"I used to do the yard all the time, then after my husband retired, he did it. We both earned that first one," she said.

Now Ms. Gobble has Lynn Brinkley to handle most of the lawn duties.

"He's been so good to me in keeping up my yard for me," she said.

In the front of Ms. Gobble's yard is a towering dogwood tree that shades a small row of brightly-colored azaleas. In her backyard is a cherry tree that was in full bloom earlier this month.

"It was just like it was snowing in my yard. It was the prettiest thing I had ever seen," she said.

Ms. Gobble, who's lived in the same house for 53 years, said that choosing a favorite flower was tough, but one did stand out in her mind.

"I love all blooming flowers, but camellia flowers are my favorite," she said.

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Azaleas fill a large part of Mrs. Gobble's back yard.
Jason B. Smith
If there's one thing apparent about Ms. Gobble's yard, it's that she doesn't like a lot of clutter. Like most gardeners, she likes nice-looking trees and flowers but doesn't want her yard to look overgrown.

"I love simplicity," she said. "I think when things get all jumbled up; it's ugly. I like things simple."

Ms. Gobble had an easy time deciding which part of her 1.25 acre property was her favorite -- all of it.

"I love the front part, in the summer months, all around. I have red and white petunias all the way around the border. I just love my yard. There's not a part of it I don't love."



Web posted on Thursday, April 15, 2004


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