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Marilyn Fickbohm snags this year’s last Yard of the Month

Marilyn Fickbohm is presented with the Yard of the Month award for the month of September for her yard at  1501 Poplar St. in Highland. From left to right is Mayor Joe Michaelis, Fickbohm, Highland Garden Club Yard of the Month Chairs, Barbara Stallard and Pat White, and Garden Club President Kay Gaines. The award is sponsored by the city, the Garden Club and the Highland Chamber of Commerce.
Marilyn Fickbohm is presented with the Yard of the Month award for the month of September for her yard at 1501 Poplar St. in Highland. From left to right is Mayor Joe Michaelis, Fickbohm, Highland Garden Club Yard of the Month Chairs, Barbara Stallard and Pat White, and Garden Club President Kay Gaines. The award is sponsored by the city, the Garden Club and the Highland Chamber of Commerce. mbraa@bnd.com

The final Yard of the Month award of the year has gone to Marilyn Fickbohm for her display at 1501 Poplar St.

“I was very surpirsed and I’m honored to have that award,” Fickbohm said.

As fall approaches and the gardening season is coming to an end, there is no lack of color as you drive by this condo off Poplar Street. Shades of pink, red, purple, yellow and orange accent the entrance and patio of the condo.

A lamppost, adorned by a lush hanging basket and surrounded by pink and purple flowers, greets you as you pull up to Marilyn’s home.

“I’ve always liked flowers and I like color,” Fickbohm said.

Fickbohm said her passion for gardening comes from her love of the outdoors.

“I like getting my hands in the dirt. I rarely wear gloves anyways and I just like to work outside,” Fickbohm said.

An evergreen is to the left side of her gate. Fickbohm said her family likes horses and her granddaughter enjoys riding, which inspired the concrete horse statue highlighted by pinkish-purple petunias.

A large container is off to the right of the gate and planted inside is a tall green spike plant is surrounding by the silver-green of dusty miller, red geraniums and multi-toned pink vinca plants. A yard ornament featuring a hummingbird tops off the container.

Just inside the garden gate a 3-tier vegetable basket is overflowing with impatiens in colors of white, pinks and purples.

As you walk around back to the patio, an American flag hangs from the upper deck blows in the wind, iron planters on the upper railing hold flowers and you can sit and enjoy the view of the flowers from above.

A crape myrtle with beautiful purple flowers reaches up 6 or 7 feet into the air, at the base of the plant sits a garden statue surrounded by red flowers and a bed of zinnias.

“I thought red would be so pretty,” Fickbohm said.

Tucked into the crape myrtle is a metal butterfly and off to the side is a bicycle sculpture given to Marilyn from a friend.

Opposite the crape myrtle is another colorful bed filled with more annuals, an assortment of different colored zinnias and sedums attracting butterflies to the flowers. Off in the landscape marigolds planted by Marilyn surround the base of a sign on the property.

This garden is evidence that beauty can be brought to the neighborhood even if you have limited space for gardening. Marilyn’s garden brings color and beauty to all who pass by her condo.

“I’m just pleased that they like what I’m doing. It makes me feel good,” Fickbohm said.

September is the last Yard of the Month presentation for 2018. The city of Highland, the Highland Chamber of Commerce and the Highland Garden Club for make this program possible. They would like to extend a thank you to all the homeowners that have welcomed everyone into their yards and gardens.

The Highland Garden Club would like the community to remember that fall is a great time for planting. It’s never too early to get started on a landscape for next year, and snag a Yard of the Month award in 2019.

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