Monette yard of the month recognized
The home of Dixie Bradford Bennett, 20061 Highway 18 East, Monette, has been chosen as the Yard of the Month for August.
Monette City Beautification Committee member Ernestine Ray presented Mrs. Bennett with a framed certificate which read, "The home of Dixie Bennett has been recognized as having the most beautifully landscaped and manicured yard in the entire Monette community for the month of August 2011." Barbara Suber placed the YOM sign in the front yard to signify the honor. Raye Finley presented her with a large hanging fern plant as a gift from the committee.
Mrs. Bennett and her husband Dale, deceased, are the parents of Reba Wimberley and George Bennett, deceased. She has one granddaughter, Kristen Bennett.
Mrs. Bennett was former owner of the Dixie Shop in Monette, and she and her husband owned BEPCO. She currently works as a dietician at Monette Manor.
The Bennett home was built by Robert and Tommy Jo Masner. The spacious rock and cedar home sits on a large acre lot on the east side of Monette. It contains three bedrooms, two baths, kitchen, dining and living room. Mrs. Bennett has used antiques and unique furniture pieces to furnish her home, making it very inviting and comfortable. There are conversational pieces in every room of the home to spark the interest of first time visitors.
"I love to work outside and have always done my own landscaping," Mrs. Bennett said. "I have several sitting areas in all directions throughout my yard. I'm just plain and simple and my yard reflects that. I love hardy plants, with clean lines. I try to have something blooming all through the growing season."
Mrs. Bennett's yard has a variety of different lilies, ferns, grasses, crepe myrtles, and oak trees, along with perennials of every variety.
"Working in the yard is very fulfilling to me," Mrs. Bennett said. "I spend as much time outside as possible."