STOCKTON - The flower gardens that surround the home Mary Bliss maintains on North Main Street in Stockton have been named as the winner of SCORE's Yard Beautification award for September.
"I share my gardens with the birds, bees, butterflies, deer and any other critter that wanders by," Mary says.
She has rose bushes growing on either side of a trellis that she says will one day provide a sweet smelling arbor to enjoy.
Mary Bliss is the SCORE Yard Beautification winner for September.
"When I retired, I said I wanted a garden to sit in and play in - I've got both here," she says.
In addition to her flowers, Mary also builds stone walks and walls.
"I use anything and everything that's available," she says.
This includes red bricks, flat rocks, round rocks and broken clay pipes.
She says she spends hours tending her gardens and yard, but now that fall is upon the area, her gardens will be resting.
"It will soon be time to confine my work inside the home, but come February, I'll be going through my seed catalogues, planning for the coming spring planting," Mary says with a laugh.
Along with the SCORE sign that sits on Mary's front lawn designating her gardens as the winner of the September Yard Beautification Award, she also received a year's membership to SCORE and a Privitera's Nursery gift certificate.