November 9, 2023 · Filed Under Events and News 

Extended curving plant beds lined with river boulder borders make the front yard at 2117 Western Ave. a winner.

It’s easy to see there’s a lot of outdoor living going on at 2117 Western Ave.  The giveaways: a circular tree swing under a massive maple tree, a turquoise porch swing, a pair of orange bucket chairs, bicycles and a chiminea on the front porch, and a basketball hoop near by.  Besides being parents, Natalie and Todd Brown’s days are filled with running their uber-successful Lettuce Cook Gourmet restaurant, catering and food-to-go business on White Settlement Rd. in the River District.  They needed a home landscape that was low maintenance.

Several years ago the Browns pulled out a large section of grass in their front yard to create large curving plant beds, accented with a border of river boulders.  Growing anything in the front had long been a challenge because of two old growth pecan trees and the large maple tree in the center of the front yard.  Problem solved with new beds that include very large specimen boulders scattered among Spanish dagger yucca, liriope, a small maple tree, and a smattering of annuals like asparagus ferns and vinca.  A hedge of ever-reliable boxwoods hug the front porch with a nearby tall concrete water feature to attract birds.

Natalie and Todd Brown received a $25 gift certificate to Archie’s Gardenland and a year’s membership in Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association, courtesy of AHNA.



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