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December Yard of the Month

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Linda Deas' holiday home reflects traditional tastes

By Sherry Archie

In driving around Lancaster, it’s evident that county residents love to deck the halls and yards this time of year. 

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Wreaths, bows, candles  and glowing reindeer prove that Christmas is indeed here. 

The home of Linda Deas, at 417 Meeting St., is a beautiful example of that and has been awarded the Yard of the Month for December by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs.

Tucked beside businesses, Deas said she sometimes feels that no one notices her house and yard. However, much to her surprise, that’s just not the case. 

Deas’ well-manicured yard, with its traditional Christmas red and green colors, caught the eye of Gwen Furse of the Green Gardeners Garden Club.

“Linda’s house and yard are very small, but the decorations are elegant and really beautiful,” Furse said. “It’s as pretty as a post card.”

The red brick house with white trim and porches with black rails sets a beautiful Christmas scene when bright red bows and greenery are added.  The welcoming front porch indeed looks like a post card.  

White pineapple yard ornaments anchor the black wrought iron porch rails draped with green garland and bright red bows. The front door – painted black with white side lights – holds a large green wreath. Window sills hold more greenery to complete the look.  

The yellows and greens of the foundation shrubs bring additional color to the mix and the variety of heights of the shrubs offers great curb appeal. Some are rounded mounds while others are tall and pointed. 

Deas plans to add more shrubs at the edge of the sidewalk with the $25 gift certificate she receives compliments of Ace Hardware and Garden Center in Lancaster for receiving the Yard of the Month designation.

This variety of plant material has been placed together with great thought and consideration.

When Deas first moved to Meeting Street, she said azaleas backed up against the home’s foundation. Ready to update the landscaping, she sat down and drew up her own design. 

“I like to do my own thing,” Deas said. “I have included my favorite plants in my yard. I put them where I liked them, and many times, moved them to other, better locations.”

In fact, this is the same advice she gives to other gardeners. Don’t be afraid to dig up a plant after you have placed it. 

The back yard is Deas’ haven. She loves to spend time sitting in her swing or bench listening to the sounds of the swim meets at the Leroy Springs pool or tennis matches at the nearby courts. But most of all, she enjoys hearing Sunday morning church bells pealing nearby.

Here bird houses, benches and even the storage building are flanked with greenery and bright red velvet bows.

“I really enjoy Christmas and decorating my house and yard,” Deas said.  “It’s just my way to share the beauty of the season.”

To nominate someone for  Yard of the Month, call Jackie Palmer at (803) 283-4562.