Canby Garden Club tabs the home of Vonnie and Art Pedersen for August Yard of the Month

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Over time the garden layout transitioned.
Though many plants flourish and bloom under the care of Vonnie Pedersen, it is her vast array of hydrangeas that make a memorable statement.

And with those plants as a foundation, her yard is something to behold. So much so that the Canby Garden Club has named it the Yard of the Month for August.

"I just love hydrangeas. I love all the different colors. Most people think there are just the mop heads, the blue ones you always see," she said.

The truth is, she doesn't exactly know how many varieties of hydrangeas she has in the yard. What she can tell you is the many varieties, such as tree and bush hydrangeas, those requiring shade and those that can tolerate sun.

Vonnie and her husband Art moved in to their home at 27820 S. Klinger Road in Canby about 10 years ago. They had come up to help their daughter move and fell in love with the beauty of the area with all the greenery and open spaces of the region.

Their criteria was enough space for Art to build a sizable woodshop (where he creates furniture and crafts various projects) and have a single level home.

They spent the first year remodeling the house, then came the yard. With the exception of the few large trees, a rhodendron and an azalea, the prior owners had dug up everything in the yard to take with them. This left the Pedersens with a nearly blank canvas on their acre of land.

"I spent a lot of time at Hydrangeas Plus and Al's Nursery," Vonnie said.

Over time the garden layout transitioned, she said.

"There were a line of trees that died (from the brutality of last winter), so I have to move some shade and sun plants. That will be this fall," she added.

Vonnie and Art moved up from California and have found the area to their liking, particularly in terms of what can be grown in the yard. Their yard now includes: hostas, pink azaleas, white and pink camellias, and a grapevine running along the fenceline on one side of their house.

"Living in Tahoe for 30 years, about the only thing you could grow were daisies and petunias. Moving up here, I discovered hydrangeas," Vonnie said.

Though Art was born in Oregon, Vonnie laughed at the fact that after living here for a decade some people still call them the Californians. Vonnie is now an active member of the Canby Garden Club.

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