Archive for Wednesday, May 3, 2000

Yard of the week’ project set to begin

May 3, 2000

Baldwin City is a beautiful place and the Chamber of Commerce, along with a local couple, are doing something to recognize those who make that happen in their yards.

The chamber has instituted a "Beautify Baldwin" project which officially kicked off Saturday with the planting of a maple tree at the Baldwin City Public Library. But the cornerstone of the project is an award that will be presented in recognition of the "yard of the week."

Danny and Becky McMillen will be the judges for "yard of the week." The well-known Baldwin couple have been involved in numerous efforts over the years and owned and operated a nursery for 10 years. Their yard serves as a good example of what the "yard of the week" is all about.

Each week in May through September, and possibly longer, the McMillens will designate the winner. The judges say they will mix it up on what's picked and they don't want to cause ill feelings only more beautiful yards.

"This isn't a competitive thing," said Becky McMillen. "It can be just an overall view of a yard or one little spot that draws attention. It doesn't have to be the whole yard, but it can be."

Her "co-judge" agrees.

"Have fun and have a pretty yard it's not a competitive thing," said Danny McMillen. "It's for everyone to have fun with."

Some of the areas the McMillens will be judging on include: 1. overall welcoming appearance; 2. neatness-well maintained; 3. color; 4. texture; and 5. extension of home's style. The McMillens welcome nominations for the award and they can be contacted at 594-3959 or by e-mail at

"Some yards have their special time of being the most outstanding according to what people enjoy planting and the flower's blooming time," said Becky McMillen. "Don't hesitate to call at your peak flower time: Iris, day lilies, other perennials, annuals, fall mums, tree color, etc.

"Do you have a water garden that you would like us to see or some other unique area in your yard? A children's garden is always a fun way to encourage children to enjoy flowers," she said.

Other suggestions she lists as possibilities for judging include: butterfly gardens; large overview of yard; unique areas such as flower pots or boxes and porch areas; and even a beginning plan that has room for future growth.

The project will be ongoing and judging will continue next year. The McMillens and the chamber of commerce hope it will spur Baldwin residents to do what they can in their own areas to spruce up the city.

"Baldwin needs to clean up and polish up a bit," said Danny McMillen. "It will help Baldwin look better. Over the years, it's slipped. Maybe this will inspire people to take a little pride in their yards."

"They'll find it is relaxing to have some beauty in their yards," said Becky McMillen.

A sign will be posted in the "yard of the week" and a picture will be in that week's issue of the Baldwin City Signal to recognize the people responsible.

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