Rich and Suellen Storm of 811 N. Will St. are the proud owners of the July Garden of the Month. Sponsored by Friends of the Sunken Garden and Shelbyville Works, this recognition, an educational extension of the non-profit Shelbyville Sunken Garden (www.memorialsunkengarden.com), recognizes homeowners’ efforts to design, plant, and sustain their gardens adding to the beautification of the city of Shelbyville.
The Storms’ garden has been planted, weeded, and preserved for the past 23 years. The front yard winds to a back yard filled with Hosta, lilies, trees, shrubs, burning bushes, and a brick-paved patio. A miniature house is surrounded by a picket fence, part of which is reclaimed wood from a fire that almost destroyed their house. Rich Storm commented, “ I’d like our garden to look like the mini-park in town.”
Although they did not begin gardening with a special design, they have kept it blooming and fresh. A few tips from the Storms for sustaining gardens include switching your plants around, especially if they “don’t work or aren’t in the right place”; traveling to view gardens in other towns; adding lots of color, and, of course, watering, weeding and re-planting. A four- season garden is their focus.
Maintaining is the key to the Storms’ garden and to the Shelbyville Sunken Garden. It is with this in mind that recognizing the Garden of the Month will continue as long as the season permits. As Garden of the Month, the Storms proudly display a sign and receive a year-long membership to the Friends of the Sunken Garden. Also, Shelbyville Works honors winners with a $25 gift certificate for use at Niestradt’s Garden Center.