Fred and Kye Bennett’s property has been selected as the “September Garden of the Month” by the Milford Garden Club. Their pristine property is located at 24139 Sugar Hill Road in Milford and has been in the Bennett family since 1839. Mr. Bennett says the family thinks that the front of their eye-catching house is part of the original farmhouse. With about 2,000 acres, Fred has continued the farming tradition. He has also continued to maintain a museum which was started by his father. It consists of farming equipment, some of which dates back to the 1800’s, plus other local memorabilia and antiques.
Mr. Bennett stated that he decides what plants he wants in his gardens and orders them from Blessings which is conveniently located across the street from him. This summer he had over two hundred red and white vincas delivered which enabled him to totally encircle the foundation of his house. Although the red and white alternating vincas are the most prominent plants of his garden, there are also knockout roses, barberry bushes and arborvitaes. The Bennett’s have created a simple but beautiful, outstanding garden.
The Garden of the Month is chosen by the Beautification Committee of the Milford Garden Club. Recommendations are accepted by the committee for any garden that someone feels is outstanding.
Milford Garden Club was established in 1966 and became a member of the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs and National Garden Clubs, Inc. in 1983. They meet on the first Wednesday of every month at the Parks and Recreation Building, 207 Franklin Street in Milford. The group maintain some gardens in the town and support the interests of our members through speakers, workshops and field trips.
Although the organization is for those who enjoy gardening, they also promote the preservation of habitats, providing information on how to plant flowers that will attract pollinators as well as those that can provide natural habitats for other wildlife. By recognizing outstanding gardens, Milford Garden Club hopes to encourage others to create gardens that are not only beautiful, but will help the environment as well.
Any garden in the Milford area is eligible for recognition. The homeowner whose garden is selected will get recognition for their efforts along with the right to brag about the recognition for the month as the club places a sign on the property for a month. The garden club is looking into publicizing the winners and are currently asking people to share when a friend, family member or neighbor is recognized.
Recommendations for beautiful gardens can be submitted to the Milford Garden Club through email at [email protected]. Anyone interested in joining the Milford Garden Club can email the same address and the club will reach out. The Milford Garden Club also has a brochure that can be mailed out to explain the benefits of joining.
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