June Yard of the Month

NEWTON, NC (July 19, 2019)—The Newton Appearance Commission recently presented Jay and Julie Huitt with the Yard of the Month honor for the month of June.

The Huitts’ home on North Ashe Avenue stands on a slight rise above the street. Lush potted plants line the walkway that leads up to their comfortable front porch, which they consider an extension of their living room. The home is surrounded by neatly manicured beds of perennials and annuals. Favorite plants of the Huitts include geraniums, begonias, ferns, creeping Jenny, impatiens, and marigolds.

“Now that we’re retired, we love living on the porch,” Julie Huitt said. “We love living in this wonderful neighborhood. We have very kind neighbors that stop with compliments even if we don’t know them yet.”

Jay Huitt said he spends a great deal of time making sure their yard looks as beautiful as possible. He said the key to keeping his grass green is over seeding and fertilizing regularly.

“Other than that, you just hope for a lot of rain,” he added.

The Huitts occasionally open their home and outdoor spaces to private events. For more information, contact Julie Huitt at 828-234-7226.

Photos of the Huitts’ lawn are available on the city of Newton’s Facebook page.

The Appearance Commission continues to accept nominations for the 2019 Yard of the Month honor. Selection is based on landscaping and overall aesthetics. If you know someone whose yard deserves recognition, complete a nomination form available at www.newtonnc.gov/yard.pdf or at Newton City Hall, 401 North Main Ave. For more information, email Philip Toelkes, Appearance Commission member, at toelkes@yahoo.com.

About the Newton Appearance Commission: The Newton Appearance Commission makes a careful study of the visual problems and needs of the city and the area comprising the extra-territorial jurisdiction of the city. The commission makes plans and carries out any programs that will enhance and improve the visual quality and aesthetic characteristics of the city. Members are appointed by the City Council.