Yard of the Month - May
A year-long search for just the right view led Vern Hulit to a Canby property. It not only had the right sight-lines, but also provided the opportunity to do some special things with his yard.
It's because of those landscaping touches that Hulit's yard has been named the May Yard of the Month by the Canby Garden Club.
Hulit found the property at 576 NW Territorial Road two years ago after a lengthy search for a home with an expansive countryside vista. His home backs onto a fir tree farm with a view of the Swan Island Dahlia fields.
He has spent a year transforming a 3-foot deep ivy patch in the front of his house into a color spot with spring bulbs, azaleas, knockout roses, calla lilies, pansies, geraniums, and elephant ears.
Skirting the expansive green lawn, he has added Italian cypress across the back to offer a vertical accent. Wisteria frames his workshop with rhododendron and hydrangeas along the side. More color and texture is added with Stargazer lilies, azaleas, bleeding hearts, roses, hostas and many other plants.
Included in the look of the yard are water fountains at the back of the house to provide a background of soothing sound to compliment relaxing under the gazebo. He also keeps feeders well-stocked for the hummingbirds, birds and squirrels that frequent the property.
Hulit is a member of the Canby Garden Club and serves as its parliamentarian. He has been an active member of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Posse since 1958 and currently serves as their first lieutenant.