Robert and Mary Williams
109 Ferncliff (off Rolling Hill Drive)

The attractive brick home of Robert and Mary Williams borders the 12th hole of the golf course, but offers a far more interesting view than the fairway. As you approach the front walkway you are attracted by the array of plantings neatly bordered by a layered cut of asiatic jasmine, which Mary attributes to her years of being a hair stylist. The front yard holds a cluster of Hydrangea, as well as foundation plantings of coleus, white impatiens, a crape myrtle and a wonderful Australian Tree Fern, growing in size daily. There is a lovely assortment of plants all complimenting each other to welcome you to their door. As you look to the left of the house you notice an arbor covered in Carolina Jasmine, which leads to a side yard that curves and sways, leading you to a neighbor's 100 year old fence that only adds to the lovely plantings and hanging baskets mounted on the side of the house. As you follow the graceful curves of  beds, which remind their grandchildren of  a puzzle or maze, you find yourself in a lovely backyard with filled with Purple Shield butterfly bushes, sweet potato vines, camellias and heather and a little coy pond with a spouting fish. Mr. Williams enjoys a wonderful vegetable garden, which grows eggplants, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes, horseradish and herbs. Behind the swing in back is an arbor which holds St. John's Creeper, a vine with pale purple flowers which bloom in the fall.  This view is better seen as you are golfing, so don't forget to look as you hack away.

Bob and Mary have lived in Lake Forest for only 2-1/2 years and have done a wonderful job of creating an interesting and flowing garden filled with some very unusual specimens of flora and fauna. Bob's love is his vegetable garden and Mary the flowers. Mary has been inspired by her sister and her mother, who still volunteers at Mobile Botanical Gardens at the young age of 82. We are proud to award a gift certificate from Home Depot to this wonderful yard of the month. Come out and see community pride.