As all gardeners know, the weather really affects all of our plants and much to our dismay their beauty can be short lived. When the Beautification Committee of the Milford Garden Club chose our Garden of the Month for June, it was at its peak and very pretty. Both Danny and Harriet Schurman take pride in their beautiful yard at 5 N. Horseshoe Drive and it shows.
The Schurman’s yard and landscaping is a neat, crisp one with well-placed-displays of color. They have white azaleas, red knock-out roses and yellow day lilies for color and contract. These are all enhanced by variegated liriope, a green hydrangea bush, barberry bushes and other greenery. Many in Milford probably know Danny and Harriet since both were born and raised in Milford. Both of them also worked at the family business, Courtland Manor Nursing and Convalescent Home in Dover which his Mom owned.
The Garden of the Month program is designed to promote gardening throughout the City of Milford.
“This is a way to recognize the hard work people in our community put into their gardens,” Sue Fischer said. “It is our goal to inspire others to enhance their property with gardens filled with plants, flowers and even natural habitats.”
The Milford Garden Club was established in 1966. In 1983, the became a member of the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs and National Garden Clubs Inc. Although the club enjoys the benefits of gardening, they are also focused on protecting natural habitats. On the Eastern Shore, many habitats are vanishing, leading to the loss of native species. The Bethany firefly, which used to be plentiful on the Eastern Shore, is now down to only seven habitats.
“We hope that recognizing outstanding gardens in Milford will encourage others to plant beautiful gardens themselves,” Fischer said. “We also hope they will research information about how the flowers and plants they grow can preserve the environment as well.”
Fischer explained that any garden in Milford may be recognized for its beauty. Each Garden of the Month honoree receives a sign that is placed on the property for a month. The club asks that all honorees share the award on social media as well as with friends and family to get more information out about the program.
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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