Yard of the Month: Johnson’s home beautification winner

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 10:31 PM


The residence of Mr. and Mrs. Robert “Bobby” Johnson, 1631 Oxford Road, Henderson, earned Henderson’s “Beautification Yard of the Month” honors for May.

Built by Mrs. Johnson’s father in 1924, the structure has been solely occupied by family members since that time. Both its architecture and surrounding natural areas replicate many Southern homes built during that period.

The two-story, white-framed structure with large multiple windows is bordered by boxwood and other plantings adorning a spacious lawn in front. Along the sides, through to the back, are spreading oaks, dogwoods, apple and peach trees, and other varieties. A magnolia transplanted some years ago from the couple’s former residence on Gholson Avenue stands in the backyard.

Multiple floral specimens — columbine, jonquils, irises, sweet peas, lilacs, verbena, lilies and roses — in several varieties and colors, along with other spreading ferns and succulents, fill the area.

Fertile rows of vegetables and fruits, herb beds and other offerings which usually end up in the family’s food pantry can also be found in back.