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Gardener says diary helps keep landscape in top shape

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The Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for May is Sue and Tim Cate’s at 471 Parkside Drive. As the neighbor who nominated the garden wrote: “It shows nicely from the street, but when looked at more closely the artistry of ground cover is evident, as is the balance. Without symmetry yet with plant forms and different species, there is a very graceful balance to the whole place.“

The Cates had their home built in 1995. They developed the garden themselves, beginning shortly after the house was completed. While Sue contributes ideas, Tim does all the work, averaging four to five hours a week. He suggests that every gardener should maintain a garden diary for at least one year, to remind themselves what chores need to be done and when it is best to add new plantings. From his garden diary, Tim was able to create a comprehensive list of when each plant is at its peak. They have constructed arbors to create outdoor rooms and provide shade as well as trellises for trumpet vine, akebia, and honeysuckle.

Among Sue’s favorite plants is the crabapple tree, which she especially likes when the blooms are at the bud stage as they are now. Both Cates love the mature redbud tree that dominates the front yard, which was recently pruned.

The Ashland Garden Club has been selecting Gardens of the Month, from April through September, since 2000. Nominations are gratefully received at aogardenclub@gmail.com. Check out the Club’s website at www.ashlandorgardenclub.org. When conditions allow, the Club meets the first Monday of the month from October through May.

Photo by Larry Rosengren Sue and Tim Cate’s home at 471 Parkside Drive is the May Garden of the Month for the Ashland Garden Club.
Photo by Larry Rosengren Sue and Tim Cate’s home at 471 Parkside Drive is the May Garden of the Month for the Ashland Garden Club.
Photo by Larry Rosengren Sue and Tim Cate’s home at 471 Parkside Drive is the May Garden of the Month for the Ashland Garden Club.
Photo by Larry Rosengren Sue and Tim Cate’s home at 471 Parkside Drive is the May Garden of the Month for the Ashland Garden Club.
Photo by Larry Rosengren Sue and Tim Cate’s home at 471 Parkside Drive is the May Garden of the Month for the Ashland Garden Club.
Photo by Larry Rosengren Sue and Tim Cate’s home at 471 Parkside Drive is the May Garden of the Month for the Ashland Garden Club.
Photo by Larry Rosengren Sue and Tim Cate’s home at 471 Parkside Drive is the May Garden of the Month for the Ashland Garden Club.
Photo by Larry Rosengren Sue and Tim Cate’s home at 471 Parkside Drive is the May Garden of the Month for the Ashland Garden Club.