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Edgewood's August Garden of the Month is "Delightful"

Monika Curnett grew up in Edgewood and has been making the place more beautiful ever since she was a little girl.

Edgewood's August Garden of the Month is "Delightful" Edgewood's August Garden of the Month is "Delightful"

From the Edgewood Garden Club:

Edgewood Garden Club has selected the delightful garden at 65 Mayflower Drive as the final Garden of the Month for the 2012 season. 

Monika Curnett grew up in the Edgewood neighborhood and has been a passionate gardener since she was little girl. Starting from a completely blank slate, Ms. Curnett has developed a cheerful cottage feel to her garden with colorful perennials mixed with summer blooming annuals.

Her home is framed with an attractive paper birch tree and other mature trees, giving  the landscape a balanced feel. A weeping pine offers texture and interest to the front of this cape style home.

Unique planters filled with interesting annuals give a welcoming air to the front and side entrances. The beauty continues down a side brick path leading through an arched arbor into her lush back yard. Along the way, whimsical garden sculptures peek out among the flowers.

A large side bed planted with a variety of colorful perennials include “eye catching” castor bean, phlox, hibiscus, rudbeckia daisy, alyssum, begonia, coleus, and marigolds offer a stunning array of color and vertical interest along the drive. This garden is a great attraction for butterflies and other beneficial pollinators. 

Mini flower beds with a variety of sedums, ground covers and low growing annuals accent the drive and sidewalk entrances and add to the welcoming feeling this garden gives all visitors.

It is a definite treat to walk or drive by this garden. It exhibits a feeling of happiness to all who view it.

Gardening is a joy for our award winner who started the idea of planting flowers along the island strip on Mayflower Drive to beautify the area. She also volunteers at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center. 

We thank Monika Curnett for being one of the many wonderful gardeners enhancing the beauty Edgewood.

The “Garden Of The Month” award, initiated in 2011 by the Edgewood Garden Club, recognizes outstanding local gardens and landscaping that enhance the neighborhood.  Members’ gardens are not eligible for the honor.

The Club is a member of the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs in its 79th year of furthering horticultural appreciation and knowledge for members and the public. Members including men and women, focus on civic beautification, community outreach and education projects.  Ongoing projects include design and maintenance of gardens at the Commercial Street Village Playground, Stillhouse Cove, and support for the hydroponic gardening project at E.S. Rhodes elementary school.   Visit  www.edgewoodgardenclub.org for more information.

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