When Kareen Bayless moved to Canby 20 years ago, she found a lot of lawn and water bills that simply were too high for her liking.
So, with the help of a horticulturist in her Toastmasters group, she began the process of changing the look and feel of her yard. The hard work and care has paid off as her home in the 300 block of Northeast Third Street has been named the July Yard of the Month by the Canby Garden Club.
Bayless first bought drought-resistant plants to help with water usage, then began creating a yard that offers different feels between front and back.
Gardening came naturally to Vayless as her father was very gifted in that area. She grew up during World War II, when victory gardens at most homes was the norm. The neighbors would get together and each would pick a crop to grow and when harvest came, they shared with each other.
Her father has a small nursery where neighbors got their plans and it proved a fun and inventive place for her to be part of. She said she loves getting outdoors every day because of the freedom she feels "soaking in nature."
While the front yard of the property offers beauty and color, the backyard takes it up a notch and also offers a view into her creativity. Among the plants and flowers, you'll also find bricks she made herself with quick-crete and aluminum loaf pans, which line her flower bed.
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