September “Yard” award goes to Raul Carrasco

Congratulations to Raul Carrasco for winning Brookwood’s September Yard of the Month award. You can see his yard at 268 Willow Ridge Drive.

Raul has made many landscaping and hardscaping improvements to his home over the last couple of years. Along with replacing most of the original plantings in the front yard, he has added four large Sylvestris palms to the front and rear of the home, all of which are surrounded by beautiful paver borders.

A paver walkway along the left side of the home leads to a large relaxing covered patio and open pergola area filled with potted plants. Smaller palms and colorful tropical plants can be found on both sides of the walkway.

September marks the last month that the HOA will provide the award and $25 gift certificate to a home improvement store until spring. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

Stevens Win August Yard of the Month

Congratulations to Liliana and Bruce Stevens who received this month’s pick for the Brookwood HOA’s Yard of the Month.

The Stevens moved to 408 Wayfare Lane just over a year ago from Colorado and say that they are still learning about gardening in Florida. “When we moved in,” Liliana says, “there were some bushes and other plants and not much color. We wanted to create not only an attractive garden but also to incorporate some Florida native plants which can help provide natural habitats (many of which have been disappearing due to land developments) for birds and other pollinators.”

The Stevens say that they also want to have a diversity of plants which hopefully will make their garden more naturally resistant to pests. In their garden you can find Florida natives such as Black eyed Susan, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Blue eyed Grass, Coontie palms and Firebush in between Pentas and Bulbine.

July “Yard” winner is Sandy Steiner

July’s Yard of the Month winner is Sandy Steiner of 218 Wayfare Lane. Sandy is an avid gardener and works most early mornings in her yard. She created a garden with all perennial plants between the side of her home and the preserve area. The various shades of green used throughout the yard provides for interesting color year round.

The award is sponsored by the Brookwood HOA and entails a sign in the yard of the winner. Winners also receive a gift certificate for a home improvement store.

Lewis Family wins Yard of the Month for June

Congratulations to Donald and Melissa Lewis of 299 Willow Ridge Drive for winning the HOA’s Yard of the Month Award.

The range of colors and textures in their landscaping won them a $25 gift certificate to a home improvement store. The Lewises also have a sign in their yard that other community members will see and will receive the certificate in the mail with an award letter.

This is the second time the award was given by the HOA board. The program was designed to recognize community members for their outstanding efforts in making Brookwood a great and beautiful place to live.

Olsens Win First Yard of the Month Award

Congratulations to Gary and Linda Olsen of 256 Willow Ridge Drive whose tropically-inspired yard won them a $25 gift certificate to a home improvement store.

The Olsens will soon have a sign placed in their yard that other community members will see and receive the certificate in the mail with an award letter.

The award for May was the first given by the HOA board and is anticipated to be given each month through October. The program was designed to recognize community members for their outstanding efforts in making Brookwood a great and beautiful place to live.