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Auburn Bay Homes & Gardens: Creative Use of a Back Swale

Posted by Rachel R. Vanderveen on Sunday, July 8th, 2012 at 3:33pm.

For months now, Clint and I have been driving by a property on our way home which has the most lovely use of a corner lot. Every time we drive by, I say to Clint, “Slow down! Slow down, let me look at it again.” Today, on a whim, I decided to ring the homeowner’s doorbell and ask if I could take photo of their front yard and blog about it.

She said she would prefer to wait until tomorrow when she would have it looking ultra-pretty, but invited me to look at her backyard where she had something super cool to show me.

Check out how she used her swale!!!


I was so excited that I snapped a picture and ran home to ask Clint how we could do the same for our house. She’s growing a vegetable garden in that space!!! Isn’t that awesome? Clint and I have 3 sad little pots of vegetables and spices on our front porch, and a back swale that does nothing but grow weeds!

I’m so excited to implement this idea ASAP. (If we ever finish developing our basement)

But all this got me to thinking that I want to start a series called “Auburn Bay Homes & Gardens.” I’m going to go around and find the most beautiful and creative yards that I can, and blog about them. Also, if you feel that you have an exceptional yard, or even something exceptional in your home in Auburn Bay, shoot me an e-mail or give me a ring, I want to come by and snap a photo and write a blog!

Stay tuned in the coming days for the next photo to see the artful and creative way that this young lady gave her corner lot some real curb appeal and value!

Rachel Vanderveen

The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
Phone: 403.253.5678 Fax: 403.592.6736

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