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Greenwaldt makeover earns them August Yard of the Month

They've had just one season to do it, but they made the most of their time to bring color to the community.

Richard and Annette Greenwaldt were honored to be chosen the August Yard of the Month from the Wadena Garden Club. Their home is located on Sixth Street in southwest Wadena.
Michael Johnson / Pioneer Journal
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WADENA — For some, gardening is a chore to be avoided at all costs.

For others, like Annette Greenwaldt, out in southwest Wadena, gardening is a peaceful and rewarding experience.

"It's my peace," Annette said. "It's very satisfying. I like to dig in the dirt."

Perhaps that’s why since moving to the area just one year ago, she and her husband have already transformed their yard into an oasis of annual flowering plants where shrubs once ran the show. For their efforts, they’ve earned the August Yard of the Month distinction from the Wadena Garden Club.

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No matter where they're planted it seems plants were growing lush at the Greenwaldt garden n southwest Wadena.
Michael Johnson / Pioneer Journal

Annette and Richard Greenwaldt, of 1013 6th St. SW, moved here in February from St. Cloud. Whether in St. Cloud, Fridley or Wadena, Annette tries to keep a flowering garden a part of their home. Richard helps with the chores too, but he admits, “The green thumb is hers.”


The couple chose to move back to a more rural setting and settled on Wadena as Richard is from Staples and Annette from Park Rapids — it was a nice spot between the two locales. They found the home they wanted and updated the interior extensively.

Shirley Hartjen, of the Garden Club had this to say about the chosen yard.

“From three shrubs, they have added much,” Hartjen wrote. “They put in a garden – fenced to keep the deer out – but they hop the fence and leave their tracks! Annette has many calla lilies; she started with four, that she wintered over. There is mandevilla among the many flowers. They make figurines, etc., from cement. She made a lovely "elephant ear" (plant) cement leaf. They have a lovely green lawn and a "perfect" blue spruce adorns the backyard.”

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Previously shrubs, the new garden space is a trove of variety to view.
Michael Johnson / Pioneer Journal

"We pulled everything out and put this in," Annette said of the process. "It was hard work."

Among the many types of flowers that remain in bloom in August, you’ll find many cement leaves that Annette enjoys making. Most are from rhubarb leaves. She’s also made cement figurines that adorn the mulched garden spaces. There's chickens, a pig, owls, elves, all sorts of creatures, too numerous to keep track of. The entire south side of the home shows off an extensive collection of figurines.
The couple enjoy their flowers and have a vegetable garden that's looking very healthy as well.

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A lush vegetable garden gets frequent visits from roving deer in the area. It looked like it should have enough for the gardeners to enjoy some too.
Michael Johnson / Pioneer Journal

"She feeds the deer and the rabbits," Richard said. While the couple is surrounded by homes, the deer are regular visitors to the neighborhood.

Annette enjoys hostas and snapdragons, which are at center stage in the front. The
The couple is pretty well set for this year but plans are to add perennials for next spring with a goal that the whole garden area would be perennials. If this year was any indication, they should make quick work of that job, too.

Figurines adorn all sides of the home.
Michael Johnson / Pioneer Journal

He's a writer, editor, photographer, truth seeker and promoter of the Wadena area.
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