search for Yard of the Month was found across the street from the Montclair
Pool, off Montclair Loop. It is the home of Gerald and Evelyn Gibson, 19
year residents of Lake Forest. The home's appealing front porch, sheltered
from the street by a wonderful Wisteria Vine that provides blue blossoms in
the spring and offers the Gibson's a wonderful view of the gardens they have
created in the front yard.
There is a unique little Light House, constructed of stacked clay pots,
topped off with a working light that keeps our "night creatures" on path.
This garden is surrounded by a colorful array of Iris, Daffodils, Hibiscus,
Lilies, Aguga, Chinese Fringe, Elephant Ears and other bright annuals, which
will attract many butterflies and birds throughout the summer. This lovely
garden spot also contains a birdbath for our feathered friends and
The next garden space is accented by a butterfly house, pansies and an
interesting Antique Pump which provides a cascade of water from
pump-to-bucket, while some little frogs ponder watching or jumping. On the
far side of the drive is a lovely rose garden filled with a variety of
colorful bushes and climbers.
We liked the variety of specimen plants across the front yard - Flowering
Ccrab, Crepe Myrtle, Eastern Hemlock, Red Bud, Japanese Maple, Tulip Tree,
Azaleas, and along a cobblestone front walk, an interesting Wild Dogwood
and some Cassia; topped off by a mailbox covered with Spirea (Bridal
Wreath). It is fun to see the combination of individual specimens creating
a wonderful feeling of peace, beauty and color, all confirming that nature
provides harmony in growing one kind next to another, shades of green all
blending together, and many, many colors living side by side, day after day,
season after season. Perhaps Mother Nature is sending a silent message to
her "human specimens". We will present a Home Depot gift certificate to the
Gibsons and thank them again for the hard work and love shown in their yard.