Beauty doesn’t have to cost a fortune

By Sydney Ashby
By looking at September’s recipient of Yard of the Month, you would never guess that the beautiful Japanese maple began as a $6 twig over seventeen years ago. Brenda and Boomer Vance, who have lived at 2208 Nelson Avenue for twenty-one years and who have just recently renovated, have not only had the maple for seventeen years, but they have also nurtured the abundance of elephant ears for just as long. Vibrant lantana, a white knockout rose, and portulacas help to break up the front bed of elephant ears while complementing the lush and healthy grass. There are also petunias hanging from the front porch and spilling out of flower boxes. Brenda and Boomer say that they love living in Cooper-Young, especially for the sense of community, and that they cannot imagine living anywhere else. Congratulate the Vance’s on their beautiful yard and their dedication to CY. If you would like to nominate a Yard of the Month recipient, please email


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