Yard of the Month: May 2021
There was something alluring about the 1965 home Meredith and Chris Wiseman bought on Birch Street in Canby in 2020.
The couple had always been fascinated by mid-century modern architecture, and the home they discovered was a good representation of that. And the yard at 1255 N. Birch St. had plenty of potential, something they continue to work on relentlessly.
Because of their effort, the Canby Garden Club has named the Wisemans the May recipient of the Yard of the Month award.
"We love the fact that it's in Canby where my husband, who is a native Oregonian, has raised his now-adult children," Meredith said. "I'm from a family of five architects and was born and raised in New Mexico, so the plants that usually are found in the southwest are also what tend to complement a lot of 'MCM' (Mid-Century Modern) homes. This is why, after we moved in, we added colorful crushed rock placed strategically around the property and drought-tolerant plants and grasses that add a contrast color pop that stand out amongst the rock."
Some of the favorites she's planted are monkey grass, red star, yucca and bluegrass.
"I also incorporated several Japanese maples onto the property since I can prune and shape them like a live sculpture and their red leaves also add beautiful striking color," she said. "Japanese maples grow so well in the Pacific Northwest and I wanted to represent the beauty of Oregon.
"All-in-all, we've been told by locals that our house and the landscape reminds them of vacations in Palm Springs and the TV show 'Mad Men,'" she added. "This makes us smile as we like to inspire uniqueness and a bit of head turning 'Did you see that?' into our surroundings."
Wiseman said she knows that the style isn't for every taste, but represents she and her husband's love for the flair of the past and the "timeless passion of design outside of normal parameters."
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