(Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)
Yard of Month Committee members Nicole Stewart, Shawn Nance, Raye Finley and Linda Qualls presented Mrs. Miller with a certificate, which read, "The home of Virginia Miller has been recognized as having the most beautifully landscaped and manicured yard in the entire Monette Community for the month of July 2009."
A yellow and brown Yard of the Month sign was placed in the Miller front yard to acknowledge the beautification award.
Mrs. Miller is the widow of Bob Miller, an area farmer. She has two children, Cindy Baldridge, of Leachville, and Bryan Miller, of Grady. She has four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
The Millers built their white brick home in 1972, and it contains a foyer, living room, kitchen, dining room, three bedrooms, two baths, a utility room and garage.
Mrs. Miller did the landscaping of her home with help from family and friends. She has two patios in her back yard surrounded by boxwoods and dwarf nandinas. Her great grandson Evan Steele uses the shaded back yard for a playground while visiting. The front driveway and sidewalks are surrounded by a variety of variegated grasses and annual flowering plants. Trees and shrubs in the landscape include oak, maple, holly, boxwood, nandinas, hostas, day lilies, geraniums, marigolds, vinca, periwinkle, and daisies.
"My father-in-law Boss Miller gave me a beautiful bush he called Sweet Scrubs," Mrs. Miller said. "My niece and sister gave me some cannas, verbena, and hydrangea. My neighbors Myra and Kenneth Richardson gave me some variegated monkey grass and a bird bath for my back yard.
"I plan to add a lamp in my back yard, landscape around my bird bath, a sun room and a new fence. It seems that a yard is always a work in progress, and it brings me great joy."
City Beautification members presented Mrs. Miller with Monette Yard of the Month award for July. Pictured are, from left: Nicole Stewart, Shawn Nance, Virginia Miller, Raye Finley and Linda Qualls. (Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)