Nadine Yawn, Canton Tree Commission’s Yard of the Month recipient for May, loves to see her yard in full bloom. When the azaleas that line her front walkway are in bloom, life is a little bit brighter.

As a publisher for Yawn Publishing in Canton, Yawn is detailed oriented and her yard is no different. From the well trimmed grass to the placement of the blooming flowers, you can tell that Yawn is passionate about adding color to her life.

The Canton Tree Commission chose Yawn’s yard because it features knockout roses, azaleas, Japanese magnolia trees, begonias and clean landscaping.

When Yawn moved to this house three years ago, she wasn’t jazzed with the state of the yard. She described its original yard as a “traditional English garden” and although it was well-maintained and nicely done, it wasn’t her vision for the house.

“We like more of a southern look with more blooming flowers instead of shrubbery,” Yawn said.

She, with the help of her family, gradually replaced things here and there to create the vision of a yard in full bloom. Yawn said that she particularly loves her azaleas because they bloom four times a year, giving the yard a fresh pop of color.

Although the majority of maintenance is done by landscapers, Yawn still loves to do as much as she can to make sure her yard is blooming and vibrant.

“You have to enjoy it,” Yawn said. “Decide what plants you like and get started.”

The Canton Tree Commission and tree commissions across Georgia work to maintain the natural beauty of the state, encourage good landscaping practices, empower citizens to respect nature, outline problems regarding community maintenance and create events encouraging citizens to get involved with the beautification of their city.

Born and raised in the Canton/ Woodstock area, a graduate of Reinhardt University and a lover of life.

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