Creative gardens get the green thumbs up

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NORTH CHESTERVILLE – They are a creative pair.

Which is one of the biggest reasons that Roger and Sue Bisaillon earned the spiffiest garden award for August. The “Yard of the Month” designation goes to the homeowner with the most aesthetic garden, or yard. The good-natured contest is sponsored by Rocky Hill Landscaping & Nursery of East Wilton, in a collaborative effort with the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. Gardeners sign up each month to join the competition.

“The Bisaillon’s gardens are very creative and really unique,” said Corey Black, co-owner of Rocky Landscaping & Nursery. “They have art pieces in the garden and the gardens completely surround their home.”

More reasons to pick this particular garden as the best are that unusual plant varieties were used throughout the entire design and a lot of thought went into incorporating art work in the garden design.

“They have weeping spruce, firs and pine. Those are things you don’t normally see,” Black said. Not to mention the 20 or 30 varieties of daylillies that grace the garden, she added. “And, they can tell you the names of all of them.”

It’s no wonder the Bisaillon’s creativity wowed the judges – both are artists who are well known far and wide for both their claywork and teaching in MSAD 9’s schools for years.

“Both really like it (gardening) and do it together, which is really neat,” Black said.

The “Yard of the Month” contest has one more month left in the 2008 season. So sign up and see how your yard stacks up. A $10 registration fee with each entry is donated to the participating towns to landscape and buy flowers.

The judging, which occurs at the end of each month, looks at a variety of elements in the gardens that include neatness, creativity and overall aesthetic appeal.

To sign up, fill out a short registration form, which are available by emailing or by calling 645-5381. The form can be dropped off at Rocky Landscaping on Route 2 or mailed to P.O. Box 836 Wilton, ME 04294, Attention: ‘Yard of the Month.’ For more information, call 645-5381.

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