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Photo by Sara Hacking A scarecrow sits in "Moms Nature Garden," named in honor of the Jones's mothers.

Yard of the Month reaches five years

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Yard of the Month reaches five years
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Arnold and Doris Jones' corner lot on First Street Southwest and Irving Avenue is the latest property selected as the "Yard of the Month" in Wadena.

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The Wadena Garden Club has bestowed the honor since 2004, said member Shirley Hartjen. The first recipients were Dennis and Soledad Henriksen.

News of their selection gets a mixed reaction from recipients. Some people are surprised and don't think they deserve the honor and others are very flattered, Hartjen said. Some people decline because they don't want the attention.

Arnold and Doris were honored to be chosen, they said. They like to keep a neat yard and enjoy spending lots of time outdoors in the summer on their patio.

Personal touches accent their flowers and greenery.

A sign declaring "Moms Nature Garden" is in honor of both of their mothers who have passed away. The natural plot has a few weeds mixed in with the daisies. Neither of their mothers would have allowed the weeds, but their arms aren't long enough to pick them from heaven, Arnold said.

A garden "reflecting ball" also shows the Joneses' sense of fun as it made from a cracked red bowling ball that belonged to Doris' granddaughter.

Numerous flags and 56 solar lights dot the property.

People interested in nominating a property for "Yard of the Month" can call Hartjen at (218) 631-3888 or Wadena Garden Club President Marilyn Higgs at (218) 632-7035.

"We've had some lovely yards," Hartjen said. "I know there are a few more around town that should be nominated."

The Wadena Garden Club formed 57 years ago. Members meet at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month in the meeting room at Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative. They have presentations on flower arranging, hold flower shows, tour local gardens and have gone on the road to tour other gardens. An upcoming presentation is called "Expanding the Bloom Season" with master gardener Sue Altstadt of Perham. New members are welcome, Hartjen said. There is a cost to join, but people usually attend several meetings before formally joining. Members do not have to have their own garden, just an interest in flowers and gardening, Hartjen said.

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