Drive couple wins expert help for garden makeover
For the Bellingham Herald
After a year
of remodeling their home's exterior, Teresa and Dave Anderson were
at a loss as to how to tackle the landscaping.
FOR A TRIM: Dave Anderson, Teresa Anderson and Herald
gardening columnist George Kaas get a close look at a
bushy cypress tree close to the property line. They are
considering thinning the tree, reshaping it and exposing
its obscured trunk.
So they were
among the horticultural hopefuls who entered the second annual
Bellingham Herald Garden Makeover Contest last month. Herald
gardening columnist George Kaas chose them from nearly 40 entries
because their makeover should be both entertaining and educational
for area homeowners with similar yard woes.
entry letter summed up their dilemma: "The view is
spectacular," she wrote, "if you overlook our
from their property is indeed breathtaking, sweeping over the San
Juan Islands, the curve of Bellingham Bay, South Hill and the
ferry terminal. Five resident eagles soar regularly above their
so quiet here," says Dave. "The eagles cruise by all the
photos they included with their contest entry told the other side
of the story: Aside from the amazing view, there isn't much within
the confines of their land to tempt a person to stick around.
experienced direction of Kaas, a horticulture teacher at Blaine
High School, the couple will devise a landscape plan and complete
all the work themselves.
They bring a
lot of enthusiasm but little experience to the project. Dave works
as an operations technician at the BP Cherry Point Refinery, while
Teresa is a teacher at Harmony Elementary School in the Mount
Baker School District. Both came to Bellingham — Dave in 1977 and
Teresa in 1983 — to attend Western Washington University. The
couple has been married for four years.
TO BE COVERED: George Kaas (center) suggests flowers with
visual appeal and inviting fragrances be planted at the
entrance of the Cliffside Drive home of Dave and Teresa
Bellingham residents, they enjoy the convenience of living in a
small city without urban headaches like traffic and appreciate the
easy accessibility to the mountains, lakes and saltwater.
Andersons enjoy skiing, kayaking and biking but, as Dave explains,
"since we bought this house, our outdoor activities have
digressed into breaking out concrete, framing up garages, roofing,
installing siding, painting and any other remodeling task
spending a year beautifying the exterior façade of their late
1950s-era house north of Bellingham, the Andersons were ready to
sort out the yard.
an overall plan," says Teresa. "We don't have a huge
piece of property, but it's overwhelming because I don't know how
to get started. I'm a good detail person, but I need help with the
help that their neighbor's house is built upon a landscaping
been very, very kind to us," laughs Teresa. "They've
been through the whole remodeling thing, so they're very
understanding of our mess." But the couple looks forward to
cleaning up their "eyesore," and fitting into the
if they're looking for a yard on par with their neighbor's
beautiful but high-maintenance landscaping, Teresa laughs:
"No. We have kayaks with dust on them and we'd like to
eventually use those again."
Sledge is a Bellingham freelance writer.