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Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

The Fortuna Garden Club has started back up their Yard of the Month campaign after a break of over 8 years. The club purchased a new sign and then hit the pavement to find those special houses that have a well-maintained yard that is in the public eye.

The month of June brought a well-known local house into light on Kenmar Road. With the help of a landscaper Galen and Sally Frey have created her own little oasis. Sally Frey can often be found out in the yard planting, pruning, or doing that special gardening project with her grandchildren on their visit to Grandma and Grandpa Frey's house.

Cathie Bryant and Shirley Corwin of the Fortuna Garden Club breathed life back into the summer program and will continue to pick a new house through August. The program will then start back up in May of 2014 with a new committee to find the local gems.

Sally Frey recalls being out in the yard when she was contacted by the Fortuna Garden Club. Frey said, “I had to laugh because I was out weeding and looked the part. I am honored to be chosen as the yard of the month by the Fortuna Garden Club.”

Frey said, “Many people do not realize that we built on home on the footprint of Ken and Martha Gilson which is how Kenmar got its name.” “A lot of the plants in our yard are from their original yard and have been maintained,” said Frey.

Bryant said, “There are so many wonderful yards in the community, but not all of them are visible to the public.


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We welcome and recommendations from the public of a yard in the community that is viewable.”

Fortuna Garden Club encourages everyone to drive by Galen and Sally Frey's home located at 3021 Kenmar Road, but please do not enter the driveway out of respect for privacy.

Membership for the Fortuna Garden Club is only $12 a year and helps support the many activities the club participates in throughout the year.

For more information on the Fortuna Garden Club, or to recommend a Yard of the Month for July or August, contact Cathie Bryant at 725-4306.

Photo by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon

The Fortuna Garden Club honored Galen and Sally Frey for their well-maintained yard with their Yard of the Month award. The Freys' home is located at 3021 Kenmar Road in Fortuna.