Dicksons' yard is a combination of styles

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Yard of the Month

By Sherry Archie

 Sherry Archie


For The Lancaster News

Two and a half years ago when Debbie and Wayne Dickson married, they began finding ways to blend the belongings each had accumulated over the years. Both having been married previously and lost their spouses after many years of marriage, they each had a house filled with furniture as well as yards full of plants that had special meanings. Debbie’s house was in Chesterfield and Wayne’s home was in Lancaster.

They have managed quite nicely to blend them all. The household items, as well as their yard, now reflect their past and their present.  

Helga Penegar, member of Green Gardeners Garden Club, found the Dicksons’ yard at 369 Monroe Highway, to be beautiful.  She selected their yard as the July Yard of the Month. The Yard of the Month is sponsored by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs. Winners receive a $25 gift certificate complements of The Home Depot.

“I especially liked the well-groomed shrubbery with rose bushes between them.  The palm trees blended with flowering annuals really make the Dickson’s yard stand out,” Penegar said.

Wayne, a retired Presbyterian minister, has a passion for woodworking and maintaining a well-kept yard. Having lived at this location since 1970, he has made many changes to the house and yard.  The house is filled with his beautiful woodwork from crown molding to rosettes along the corners of the door frames.  About 15 years ago, he decided to focus on changing the yard, pulling up every shrub he could find.

“The shrubs were overgrowing the house.  After removing them, there was nothing in the yard for several years. Then I decided to add some foundation shrubs including knock out roses and Indian hawthorns.  About 10 years ago, I began adding palm trees.  They made such a difference in the yard,” said Wayne.

Now the yard features healthy windmill and pindo palms as well as our state tree, the palmetto. They stand majestically near the house as well as in a grouping in the side yard.   

Debbie transplanted many of the perennials such as daffodils from her former Chesterfield home to her new home here in Lancaster.  She and Wayne designed and created floating beds in the front yard. One now includes nandina, peonies, hosta, gardenias, a Japanese maple and creeping juniper.  Throughout the yard, the bright yellows and oranges of lantana stand out among the shrubs and other plantings.

“I really enjoy the color that lantana provides. You will find it among most of the beds we have,” said Debbie.

The focal point of another grouping is a water fountain surrounded by nandina and gerbera daisies just beginning to bloom. The pine needle mulch helps keep weeds at bay.

They enjoy working together to keep the gardens neat and thriving.

If you would like to nominate a yard for Yard of the Month, please contact Jeri Sullivan at (803) 285-3369.