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‘Garden Jewels on F Street’ – Times

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EUREKA — The Eureka Sequoia Garden Club continues its Front Yard Landscape Contest this month with the naming of “Nine Garden Jewels on F Street.” Garden club members Anne Van Zandt and Mary Lou Goodwin viewed and evaluated all of the properties along F Street in Eureka.

If a property’s score was more than 90 out of 100 points, it was declared a contest winner. The evaluation form included points for use of plant materials, design principles evident, perfection of hardscapes and fences and maintenance.

Both Van Zandt and Goodwin are National Garden Club and California Garden Clubs Inc. trained landscape design consultants. The G Street awards continue the program that began in July and evaluated front yards on H Street. The committee obtained the property owners’ names and photos were taken of each property.

For more information on the Eureka Sequoia Garden Club, its activities and monthly programs, call Goodwin at 442-1387.

The nine Garden Jewels on F Street are listed below with descriptions written by Goodwin:

* A group of ‘Tree of Heaven’ trees are featured on the side of the terraced side hill beneath the modern home of Dottie Sweet at 4257 Fairway Drive (the continuation of F Street up to and beyond city limits). The area is planted with rosemary, heather, species geraniums, gerbera daisies and purple hebe. A walkway contains carriage lights on used brick posts with an understory of sculptured privot. The house is softened with

rhododendrons, azaleas, heaths and New Zealand tea tree for seasonal color.

* David and Josephine Tom’s Southern California Tudor located at 2333 F St. greets visitors with a front porch trimmed in brick. The ceramic containers hold bamboo and succulents. Blue agapanthus, pink escallonia, stylized juniper and rhododendrons are contained in the brick border with some boulders for accents. The corner lot features a flowering cherry tree.

* The Dutch style home at 3132 F St. is the residence of Dr. Joanna Marcuz. Fences that are low and solid hold the white arbor over the walkway to the brick porch with ceramic containers of miniature junipers. Genevieve Schmidt Landscape Design created the collection of viburnum with tri-colored leaves, alstromeria, Japanese iris, heavenly bamboo (nandina), purple species geraniums, fuchsia and summer-blooming dahlias. The corners feature a red Japanese maple and mature rhododendrons.

* The home at 4290 F St. is an example of the use of brick in yard design. It is featured in the driveway in a patterned design with slabs of inset concrete. The front yard has a circular form with brick edges and heather, juniper and boulders as accents in them. The mid-century home of William Bachelor starts on the street with photenia, trimmed juniper, pine tree, agapanthus and camellia. The geometric fence supports an Oriental-style arbor surrounded by nandina (heavenly bamboo) and the brick walkway goes to the front door.

* Tom and Mona Genter live in the modern Mediterranean home at 4409 Fairway Drive. The red geraniums on the windowsill complement the red tile roof. The side hill lawn features a dracaena tree and is accented by boulders, blue agapanthus, geraniums, yellow day lilies, purple Japanese iris, lavender, nandina and mock orange. The front porch presents a Meyer lemon in a container and the roadside garden is flush with ever-blooming pink and lavender heathers.

* An escallonia hedge near the sidewalk provides a frame for the Dr. Brian and Nancy Craig saltbox home at 2524 F St. A lighted walkway welcomes guests to the porch with the topiaries in containers. The front yard contains rhododendrons, heaths, geraniums, bush roses and deciduous trees around the lawn. The side yard is accented by a rose-covered arbor, while seating in this secluded garden surrounded by junipers and privot hedges is enjoyed on a sunny day.

* The 2613 F St. bungalow of Carl and Kim Regalo presents petunias in many ways. The annuals are in window boxes, porch boxes and hanging baskets. The walkway is trimmed with boulders, hen-and-chicks succulents and different colored mosses. The colorful borders that are around the lawn hold roses, rosemary, calla lily, hydrangeas, fuchsia and flowering maples.

* The Early Victorian residence of Ritchie and Dianne Phillips at 930 F St. can be seen from the street through the white picket fence with rose bushes marking the gate. The front of the house contains blue hydrangea and purple ‘Martha Washington’ pelargoniums. A speckled gravel-and-concrete walkway and driveway leads to the blue porch with decorative hand rails that complements the light green house. The borders contain hybrid tea, grandiflora and shrub roses. Canna, geraniums, alstromeria and fuchsia combine with a large flowering cheery tree. Alyssum is a ground cover beneath all of the flowers.

* Duncan Consulting at 3015 F St. is in an original Henderson Center residence. The front yard is a mass of blooming lavender during the summer. Rosemary and heathers are used as a ground cover and New Zealand tea shrub and heaths frame the front door of the brick porch. A mature tree, blue agapanthus and calla lilies complete the scene.

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