Pine Needle Garden Club has recently started awarding Yard of the Month honors to homeowners who maintain beautiful yards.
Yard of the Month is given to a McDuffie County resident who has kept their yard free of any debris or dead plants and trees. Lucie Wills, who has been a member of the Pine Needle Garden Club for 21 years, said the judging is based upon the presentation of flowers, grass and shrubs, which differ in relation to what season it is.
"Spring and summer are easiest to find a yard that meets the standards," she said.
Wills said the yard has to be able to be seen from the street and cannot be on a private drive or hidden. It has to be easily seen by anyone who might pass by to observe.
Before the Pine Needle Garden Club took over, the Yard of the Month was selected each month by the McDuffie Garden Council. The McDuffie Garden Council consisted of three area clubs, but has since disbanded.
Wills said a committee of three members from the Pine Needle Garden Club looks for yards in the area during the course of the month and throughout the year. The members decide upon the yards but are always open to be called if a local resident has a nomination. The committee would then check out the nomination to see if it qualifies. Anyone who would like to nominate a yard for Yard of the Month can contact Lucie Wills at (706) 595-0621.
The Yard of the Month for September was that of Dr. and Mrs. Tommy Neal, who live at 308 W. Hall Street in Thomson.
The Yard of the Month for October was awarded to Paul and Bonnie McCorkle in Belle Meade.
The Pine Needle Garden Club is more than 50 years old and currently has 18 active members.
The club meets monthly and has programs that pertain to floral design, landscaping design, outdoor lighting, outdoor ponds, gardens and more.