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Joe and Karen Hess have Highland Yard of the Month for July

July’s Yard of the Month winners are Joe and Karen Hess, who live on 13th Street. From left are Olivia Hess, Karen Hess, Emily Hess, Joe Hess, Highland Mayor Joe Michaelis, Highland Chamber of Commerce Director Nancie Zobrist, Carol Wieduwilt, and Judy West as they pose for a photo.
July’s Yard of the Month winners are Joe and Karen Hess, who live on 13th Street. From left are Olivia Hess, Karen Hess, Emily Hess, Joe Hess, Highland Mayor Joe Michaelis, Highland Chamber of Commerce Director Nancie Zobrist, Carol Wieduwilt, and Judy West as they pose for a photo. amcdonald@bnd.com

Pots painted with bright colors and filled with bright colored flowers invite you to enjoy the yard of the month, belonging to Joe and Karen Hess and their two daughters, Emily and Olivia, at 1322 13th St. in Highland.

There is a colorful sign in the yard, which is made up of patchwork design representing Autism, and the pots and flower colors were designed for their daughter, Emily, who has Autism.

This home belonged to Joe’s grandparents and is where his dad was raised.

Joe’s grandmother loved rocks and collected them, and now they line the sidewalk and around the flower beds. When Joe and Karen would go on a vacation, they would bring her a rock, which made her very happy. Different sizes of artistically painted PVC pipe hold a variety of succulents. Painted terra cotta “pot people,” made by Karen, over look the garden and create interest, along with other statues and hanging baskets.

The garden includes banana trees, elephant ears, hostas, coral bells, begonias, marigolds, geraniums,petunias, calla lilies, and creeping phlox. There are so many interesting things and history about this yard of the month. Be sure and take a ride and enjoy the garden.

About the Yard of the Month

All residences, including houses, apartments, townhouses, villas and condominiums, within Helvetia and Saline townships are eligible. Yard of the Month winners may win the contest only one time per two-year period. Residents may nominate either a neighbor’s yard or their own yard for Yard of the Month.

One entry per household will suffice for the whole season. Nominations should be submitted by calling the Chamber of Commerce, 654-3721, with the name, address and phone number of the nominee.

Winners will receive a Yard of the Month sign from the city to display in their yard for one month, a certificate signed by the mayor of Highland, a $25 gift certificate from the Highland Chamber of Commerce and a membership in the Highland Garden Club for the season.

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