Rebecca (l) and Ruby Kortan, a daughter-mother gardening team, were honored with the “Yard of the Month” award for their free-flowing, eclectic, French-style garden heavy on their favorite color, purple.

Mother, daughter team garden their way to ‘Yard of the Month’ award

September 14, 2012
Santa Paula News

The results of a mother and daughter gardening team have been honored as the “Yard of the Month” for their efforts to beautify their Blanchard Street neighborhood.

Ruby and Rebecca Kortan, “Are so deserving of this award... they spend hours on their yard and garden each month,” said Karen Djernaes of America in Bloom, which sponsors the $75 prize with the Chamber of Commerce/Valero Gas and Do Right’s Plant Growers.

Djernaes has a front row seat to the Kortans’ efforts as she lives across the street and noted, “They plan their yard for every season and take full advantage of the terraces.”

Rebecca said “We feel very honored to have our garden be chosen for ‘Yard Of The Month’! The tiered style was designed and built by my parents Malcolm and Ruby Kortan.

 “We’ve always liked the feel of a free-flowing, eclectic, French-style garden, with a casual ‘untended’ and natural appearance,” reflecting the Kortans’ favorite color purple, the focus of the garden with sage and Lily of the Nile, among other plants.

Yellow was chosen as the bright accent color with yellow daylilies and cannas. 

“An old-fashioned favorite of ours is the amaryllis belladonna with its vibrant pink blooms,” that said Rebecca, “add a bit of late summer color. It is an ever-changing palate which I enjoy tending every chance I get, spending at least an hour a day after work and a great portion of the weekends and vacations caring for. Mom waters, I weed, we get dirty and tired, but have the satisfaction of enjoying our work, which I find very therapeutic.”

America in Bloom is a national organization dedicated to beautifying communities.

The Santa Paula AIB Chapter is a nonprofit that partners with dedicated and resourceful residents businesses, organizations, churches, schools and the city to beautify Santa Paula, display civic pride and increase environmental awareness.

America in Bloom has already completed numerous beautification projects drawing hundreds of volunteers.

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