September, 2005

Bob and B-Jay Goldi
685 Ridgewood Drive

September's Yard of the Month award goes to Bob and B-Jay Goldi, 685 Ridgewood, formerly of Michigan. It is a lovely beige stucco home on a hill, and welcomes you  with a manicured front lawn filled with Azaleas, oaks and  crepe myrtles, and Hostas planted for accent.  The front sidewalk  leads you passed a hedge of boxwoods to the front porch.   But the  real jewel of this home is the backyard.  It was a deeply sloped backyard  that was transformed into a wonderful terraced waterfall with paths that allow  you to wonder through it's peaceful presence. The waterfall includes about 42  feet of six- leveled ponds, banked with about 6 tons of stone, and landscaped  with timbers and pathways that allow you walk along side the waterfall and enjoy  the serene sound of the water.  The pathways let you roam among a variety  of plants that include a Eucalyptus and Mimosa Tree, Bayberries, nandinas,  purple shield and tibouchina.  It is enhanced by niches where you can sit  on benches and watch the birds and smell the fragrances of the cedar tree and  junipers. This project was one of love and continues to be a work in progress.  B-Jay Goldi is the green-thumb gardner and it shows everywhere. Bob is the  worker bee and stone mason and maker of a truly wonderful respite for them, as  they sit in their covered patio and enjoy the sites and sounds of a project that  began with a hill of grass.  This yard of the month is an inspiration to  those who want to go one more step beyond gardening and jump into a water  feature that meshes both worlds., and the Lake Forest Garden Club thanks them for their hard  work and enthusiasm and invite you to stop by for your own ideas and  inspirations.