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Friday, August 26, 2011 / Wayne Homes

Uniontown, OH – Wayne Homes’ second annual Luscious Lawns competition has concluded – recognizing the best landscaping efforts by Wayne Homes homeowners. Four winners were chosen, including the recipient of the all-new people’s choice award. The prizes? Pottery Barn shopping sprees. Which could make their lawns even more luscious, with spectacular outdoor furnishings and décor.


First place and a $1,000 Potter Barn shopping spree go to Sean and Amy Runkel. Inspired landscaping surrounds the Runkel home, starting with a stone walkway that meanders past lush gardens from the driveway to the front door. “We didn’t want a boring sidewalk,” says Sean. Mission accomplished. Around back, a spacious cultured stone patio features a fire pit with “Ohio State Buckeyes” cut out of the iron fire ring. The family’s collegiate loyalty can be seen glowing brightly for posterity during any evening blaze. Among the photos submitted by the couple for judging, an aerial shot provides a unique perspective of the 2-acre property, nearly every bit of which is covered in grass as thick as a putting green. It’s a truly spectacular place for outdoor entertaining. Lucky guests.


Second place and a $500 Pottery Barn gift card belong to Ronald and Pamela Daniels, two-time Wayne homebuyers. 100% of the design and flora selection was done by Ron himself. Starting with an inviting step-stone path through prairie style landscaping. Which continues around the home with a wide array of perennials and decorative shrubs. A nice complement to the classic brick exterior and stone back patio. When informed of his $500 Pottery Barn win, Ron joked that he had missed out on a previous John Deere giveaway and wondered if he could trade in the gift card for the tractor. Maybe when Pottery Barn starts carrying farm equipment.


Third place and $250 Pottery Barn recipients are Jenn and Aaron Reese. Aaron, who did all the design and landscape work himself, is an English teacher by day. Then again, green thumbs run in the Reese family, which owns and runs a Christmas tree farm.  “I guess it just comes naturally,” says Jenn. Santa’s elves couldn’t have done a better job. The home, which sits on a five-acre parcel, is shaded by trees and backs to a forest, giving the home a feeling of serenity. The front door is framed by two evergreens, pruned to a classic topiary corkscrew shape. Large limestone steps lead down, past raised gardens of perennials and decorative grasses, to the circle drive. Raised beds continue around the home to the paved back patio with inviting gazebo. And the Reeses are just getting started. Their yard promises to get better and better.


The people’s choice award and a $1,000 Pottery Barn prize go Tom and Mary Lou Bell who designed their home with the idea that the backyard would be all about a swimming pool. The result is a lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous pool-scape, framed by a sunroom on one side and a covered patio on the other. Bright pastel lounges line the pool, which, along with a few whimsical pink flamingos, gives the yard splashes of color to contrast with the muted earth tones of the homes stone exterior. The custom stonework itself, is nicely complemented by all the surrounding landscape. Meanwhile, the extra seating around the pool comes in handy, since the couple has lots of guests over every summer. Including a family reunion (Mary Lou has eight brothers and sisters by the way) every Independence Day. “We like to entertain,” says Mary Lou. What could be better than a pool party to bring friends and family together?


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Published by : Paula Huggett
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