Guilford, N. Jefferson yards are chosen best for month of August

Jen and Phil Shealey, shown in front of their North Jefferson Street home, earned Huntington Yard of the Month honors for August.
Jen and Phil Shealey, shown in front of their North Jefferson Street home, earned Huntington Yard of the Month honors for August. Photo provided.

Homes on Guilford Street and North Jefferson Street have earned Huntington Yard of the Month honors for August.

Place of Grace, a transitional home for women at 540 Guilford St., and Phil and Jen Shealey’s home at 1019 N. Jefferson St. are the August recipients.

Place of Grace opened early this year in Huntington’s downtown Old Plat district, inheriting a landscape template from Trinity United Methodist Church, which had previously used the home as a parsonage.

Place of Grace Executive Director Sharon Metzger says residents of the home and community volunteers have followed that template, incorporating bright red annuals on the front porch, blooming perennials along the side of the home and a thriving vegetable garden.

The Shealeys moved from Madison, WI, to Huntington two years ago, a move that allowed Mrs. Shealey to incorporate landscape items that reflect her southern roots.

Boston ferns wrap the front porch and original 1800s flowerboxes are filled with red and pink annuals and greenery, complementing the roses and other perennials in the front landscaping. Concrete orbs found in their back yard have been displayed near the front entrance.

The Yard of the Month program is a citizen-led effort to celebrate residents who do an exemplary job of maintaining their properties within the city limits. Nominations can be submitted through the “Yard of the Month” Facebook page or by visiting huntingtonym.wordpress.com/nominate/.