Saturday, July 16, 2011

Dearborn Press and Guide's First Yard of the Month!

Hassan and Nadia Dakroub with English Gardens GM Matt Borden

Seeing other people enjoy it [the garden] is my pleasure.” - Pearl Fryar

The idea for "Yard of the Month" came a few years ago.  During a wakeful night, I sleepily stumbled across a television documentary about Mr. Fryar's garden.  "A Man Named Pearl" tells the story of how one home gardener became internationally known. 

Inspired after winning the local garden club award for Garden of the Month, Pearl Fryar, the first black man to receive that local honor, turned a passion for carving the trees around his tidy brick ranch home into sculptural topiaries into first a local, and then a national attraction.  Now busloads of gardeners flock to Pearl's yard. 

With this idea in mind I contacted J. Patrick "Pat" Pepper with the thought that Dearborn should have its own such "Yard of the Month."  The young energetic editor of the Dearborn Press and Guide moved quickly to get approval and set up the program. The entries flowed in!  All I can say is "WOW!"  Our town has some impressive and creative yards!  It was a pleasure to review the entries and to check out these lovely homes. Yardeners are passionate folks. 

After careful consideration the July 2011 Yard of the Month (drumroll please) goes to Nadia and Hassan Dakroub, for their lovely organic English garden located in Springwells Park.

It was a pleasure chatting with the Dakroubs and spending time in their peaceful oasis. 
Upon meeting them, one would never guess these educators juggle jobs, family and garden tending, but they certainly do it well.

Cudos to the Dakroubs.

Thanks for making Dearborn a more beautiful place to live.