Yard of the Week

Each summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Edmond Beautiful, Inc., the Edmond Chamber of Commerce, The Edmond Sun, Home Depot in Edmond and TLC Garden Centers co-sponsor the “Yard of the Week” contest to encourage residents who enjoy “yardening,” a term coined by Jeff and Liz Ball in their book, Yardening, (1991), to make their landscaping more attractive and to recognize some of those who do. Residents may nominate their own yards or those of others who live within the Edmond city limits, not the Edmond School District which is different. A yard can win only once each year, but nominated yards remain in consideration all summer.

Each week, members of Edmond Beautiful, Inc., judge nominated yards on the basis of landscape design, overall appearance, use of color and effort required. Only yards visible from city streets are eligible. Equal consideration is given to all nominated yards, whether professionally landscaped and maintained, rural estate or attractively designed and well-kept small yards in more mature neighborhoods.

A “Yard of the Week” sign is placed in the winning yard and a photograph of the award recipient and prize-winning yard is featured in the The Edmond Sun. Also, winners receive $50 worth of store merchandise from Edmond Home Depot, a $50 gift card from TLC Garden Centers and a subscription to The Edmond Sun for one year.

So keep a sharp lookout for the most beautiful and well-kept yards. Take a moment out of your busy schedule and call the Edmond Chamber of Commerce at 341-2808 or click here to contact us by email to nominate a deserving yard. Each nomination should include street address, housing addition and nominated resident's name and telephone number if known. Let's give recognition to those that truly make Edmond Beautiful.

Let's all make this program a big success and recognize those residents that help make Edmond Beautiful.

Mellands win Yard of the Week

This week’s winning garden of Fred and Debbie Melland at 3808 Spring Creek Drive teaches us one of life’s important lessons — be willing to adjust to your environment if you want to flourish.

Clifts win Yard of the Week

The Clift Family at 2724 Woodland Creek Drive have worked many hours to make this week’s Yard of the Week a feast for the eyes. Mark Clift’s profession is in the technical field, but his passions are with the earth and sharing nature’s wonders with others, as he encourages his young children’s curiosity with their flower pot veggie gardens.

Ganns win Yard of the Week

This week’s “Edmond Yard of the Week” winner has been in existence for 44 years at 105 Barbara Drive, but looks fresh and new thanks to longtime residents Betty and Gordon Gann as they fill their garden spaces to overflowing with colors and textures.

The circular, elevated bed around the lamp post displays a stunning white Hardy Hibiscus above cheerful golden rudbeckia intermingling with pink and white impatiens, purple wandering jew, yarrow, Lamb’s Ears and dwarf nandinas.

Thompson wins Yard of the Week

There is always movement and activity around the outskirts of the University of Central Oklahoma campus, but this week’s Edmond’s Yard of the Week winner, Sharon Thompson at 631 N. University, calms the area with a combination of Edmond’s slower past history and a current Zen peacefulness of nature in harmony. Her home is adjacent to more Edmond history — Gossett Park, honoring a 50-year Kiwanis member.

Watson wins Yard of the Week

Visiting this week’s Yard of the Week, belonging to Delia Watson at 2108 Redcliff Lane in the Oak Brook addition, you may feel as if you have entered the magical world of an English garden. The billows of fragrant, purple-pink phlox in the two large and interestingly shaped beds near the street draw you in to explore the natural blend of pink Knock-out roses, pastel larkspurs, native rudbeckia, columbine, nicotiana and chrysanthemums.

Foley wins Yard of the Week

When traveling past the home of Tim Foley at 2600 S. Coltrane you may feel as if you are looking at a large canvas of a French Country house set in peaceful blends of nature’s colors. However, a year ago this week’s winner of Edmond Yard of the Week would have looked different after a tornado had just damaged the home, uprooted trees and destroyed the landscape.  

Airingtons win Yard of the Week

A tradition of beautiful gardens continues for Larry and Susan Airington at 916 Spring Manor in the Renaissance at Oak Tree Park addition, as they become winners for the Edmond Yard of the Week again this year.

Colorful garden beds hug the house and extend with a variety of medium-sized trees along the driveway. There is height and interest with the use of varieties of junipers, cedars, spruces and magnolias. Laurels, Indian Hawthorn, Knock-out Roses, hydrangeas, azaleas, euonymus, holly, boxwood and yucca rise above a ground level carpet of colors.

Evans win Yard of the Week

John and Sue Evans take the prize this week for their amazing landscape creation, located on a corner lot at 4924 Clear Midnight Drive in the Arbor Creek addition, which is just east of Interstate 35.

Wilsons win Yard of the Week

A shady yard can be a challenge to bring color to the landscape, but the Wilsons have achieved this around their ranch-styled home at 3304 Arrowhead Drive in the Thornebrooke addition. The property has been in the family for several decades when Dr. Emily Archbald and Kyle Wilson purchased it from her parents, Baird and Gail Archbald, a couple of years ago.

Waggoners win Yard of the Week

The Waggoner family, at 1805 Lancaster Circle in the Homestead addition, start this year’s parade of “Yard of the Week” with their colorful, well-balanced garden. This house was Donnie and Robyn Waggoner’s dream home for themselves and their three young children Blake, Kenzie and Chloe when they tried to purchase it five years ago, but missed out by hours. However, a year ago their wishes were fulfilled when they approached the owners and became the new residents of it.