Gipson home selected as Yard of the Month
The home of Micah Gipson, 206 Hale Street, was chosen as Monette Yard of the Month for August. A special recognition ceremony was held Aug. 20.
City Beautification Committee member Jessica Hurst presented Mrs. Gipson with a commemorative certificate, which read "The home of Micah Gipson has been recognized as having the most beautifully landscaped and manicured yard in the entire Monette Community for the month of August 2013." Beautification Committee member Steve Suber presented Mrs. Gipson with a hanging basket of purple Wandering Jew foliage plant. Also on hand for the presentation were Committee member Linda Qualls and Carson Browning with his dog Tux.
A yellow and brown "Yard of the Month" sign was placed in the Gipson front yard to acknowledge the beautification award.
Micah Gipson is employed as a special education teacher's aide at BIC West Elementary in Monette. Her son Carson Browning, 9, is a fourth grader there.
The Gipson red brick home has a colonial front porch and was built in 1963. The home was formerly owned by Gipson's great-aunt Lucille Brinkley and her cousin Jan Cole Roddy. The home includes two bedrooms, two baths, living room, kitchen, utility room and den.
Gipson landscaped her spacious 50x200' yard, with help from her aunt, Diane Golden.
Hanging baskets adorn the front porch of the home, with a concrete walkway lined with purple blooming monkey grass. A back patio is surrounded by monkey grass, Knockout roses, crepe myrtles, day lilies and various potted plants.
The yard is edged with large displays of crepe myrtles, day lilies, tulip trees, red top shrubs, azaleas and Knockout roses.
"I have had several plants given to me by relatives," Gipson said. "Irises came from Diane Golden, red and yellow cannas from Geneva Zook, monkey grass from Kevin and Nicole Stewart, and spider plants from Jan Cole Roddy. The two huge tulip trees out front were planted by my aunt, Lucille Brinkley, when this house was built."
Mrs. Gipson plans to build a new flower bed along the back fence in the future.
Other Beautification members attending the presentation included Chairman Barbara Suber and Nan Snider.