Despain home chosen Yard of the Month
The home of Tim and Gina Despain at 208 Arkansas Street was chosen as Monette Yard of the Month for July. A special recognition ceremony was held at 6:30 p.m. July 10.
City Beautification Committee member Shawn Nance presented the Despains with a commemorative certificate, which read "The home of Tim and Gina Despain has been recognized as having the most beautifully landscaped and manicured yard in the entire Monette Community for the month of July 2014." Member Ernestine Harrell presented the Despains with a hanging basket of begonias.
A yellow and brown "Yard of the Month" sign was placed in the Despain front yard to acknowledge the beautification award.
The Despains have done all the landscaping themselves, after work hours and on weekends. Tim Despain is employed by Colson Plastics in Monette. Mrs. Despain is employed by Greenway Equipment, also in Monette.
The Despain home was built in the 1970s and contains three bedrooms, bath, living room and kitchen. They have added a shop in the back yard, as well as a covered patio and storm shelter. They love birds and have added several purple martin houses.
Landscaping includes red maple tree, red slipper azaleas and nandina in the front of the house. The front yard also includes yellow daylilies, buttercups, red dianthis, daisies and a variety of mums.
"Tim's mother, Doris Despain, has given us many of her perennial flowers, such as yellow lilies, surprise lilies and buttercups," Mrs. Despain said. "We enjoy getting out in the yard to work and just sitting out back and enjoying the view."