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April 2022: 5400 Richard Ave

The beautiful blossoms of the tulip magnolia at 5400 Richard Ave definitely caught the eye of our committee this spring and what helped us choose their adorable 100-year-old home to be this April’s Yard Of The Month! The owners, Shannon and Collin Ray experienced home buying for the first time by purchasing this home in February of 2020. Having rented homes for 7 years in Lake Highlands, this lovely house brought them closer to Collin’s work as a commercial litigator downtown and opened up space for Shannon to work at home as a graphic designer. They were also attracted to Vickery Place’s walkability to restaurants and shops as well as the cozy neighborhood feel we all know and love.

The ice storm in February of 2021 gave them an opportunity to start fresh, using Calloway’s Nursery to help them re-design their front landscape. They installed a beautiful stone border to raise the beds that curve gently around the cozy front porch and on to the side yard of this generous corner lot. Shannon’s inspiration came from her late grandmother who was an avid gardener in Alabama, so she was sure to install beautiful hydrangeas throughout the front beds that are just now popping out of the ground, ready to enjoy the sun and rains sure to come in typical Dallas spring-weather fashion. They wanted lots of color, so they added coral bells, lovely ferns in shady areas, and lenten roses that have long blooming seasons of pretty pink petals. A new Japanese maple tree in the side yard stands at attention and will be a beautiful focal point in front of their side fence. Gorgeous red pots flank the front steps with snapdragons and overflowing purple pansies, greeting visitors and guests with explosions of color.

As first-time gardeners, this couple jumped in with both feet and built a beautiful foundation to enjoy for years to come. One of the tricks they learned this past year was putting river rocks in hard to grow places under trees with lots of droppings. The rocks make it easy to blow out the droppings, leaving a clean look all the time.

Congratulations to Shannon and Collin Ray at 5400 Richard Ave for being our April 2022 Vickery Place Neighborhood Association Yard of the Month winners! The committee would like to also send out a big thank you to Northaven Gardens for their sponsorship. Shannon and Collin will receive a $50 gift card to Northaven Gardens for their beautiful landscape.

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