This Day in History (1996): Dhahran Garden Group Yard of the Month
Weeding, pruning, watering, and fertilizing every day key to winner's well-groomed yard.
From the Feb. 14, 1996, edition of The Arabian Sun
Lovely color, meticulous care and attention to landscaping details earned Larry and Cree Duff and daughter Lauren, 594 Marjan Circle, the Dhahran Garden Group's Yard of the Month award for December.
Vivid pink petunias ringing a banyan tree greet visitors and set the color scheme for pots of petunias, bougainvillea, hibiscus, and the lush hedge of health periwinkle that promenades across the front of the house.
When the Duffs moved to the house in 1988, Cree was dismayed by the dismal yard with almost no plants. She and Larry, who share a love of gardening, embarked on a landscaping project that really never ends, but they don't mind.
The devote some time each day to routine that includes weeding, pruning, watering, and fertilizing, and they replace faded plants and add new specimens when the seasons change.
The Duffs are regular speakers at DGG's Garden Room and their backyard patio and garden retreat were included in DGG's Secret Garden Tour held last spring.
Also on this date
2005 — YouTube is launched by a group of college students, eventually becoming the largest video sharing website in the world and a main source for viral videos
1990 — Voyager 1 takes the photograph of Earth that later becomes famous as the Pale Blue Dot
1966 — Australian currency is decimalized
1946 — The Bank of England is nationalized
1920 — The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago
1918 — Russia adopts the Gregorian calendar
1912 — Arizona is admitted as the 48th and last contiguous U.S. state
1899 — Voting machines are approved by the U.S. congress for use in federal elections
1876 — Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone
1849 — James K. Polk becomes the first U.S. president to have his photograph taken
1779 — James Cook is killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii