Rolla Floriculture Club July Yard of the Month

Submitted by Rolla Floriculture Club
Rolla Floriculture Club has chosen 311 Becca Drive, the home of Roger and Rhea Back for our July Yard of the Month.

Roger and Rhea are retired from the Navy, and chose Rolla to retire to in 2003. There were only a few trees in the yard when they purchased their home, so they made their plans. Rhea and Roger work as a team in their garden. Rhea was inspired by her grandmother’s green thumb with houseplants. Rhea was also inspired by a neighbor who was a Botanist; she shared her knowledge and passion for plants. Roger was inspired from his grandparents large vegetable garden, where he would get caught sampling off the plants.

To start their multi-bed gardens, Roger’s mother gave them a red/pink Asiatic lily, cherished by both. They have many perennials such as day lilies, veronica, peonies, and phlox. Interspersed among the perennials are annuals such as verbena, penta, globe amaranth, and petunias. They also have boxwood hedges along their front porch, where they have an assortment of printed bricks that they have collected from the different areas that they lived. Walking amongst their beds you find personal treasures and whimsical treats.

Walking past an arbor with trailing Wisteria you come to their backyard. In this area there are multiple cozy seating spots. It is also where they grow their vegetables. Using two feed beds that they purchased from the downtown MFA, when it was closing; they grow their containers of peppers and tomatoes. Another interesting device they use to tend to their gardens is two rain barrels. Rhea has an ability to see interesting ways to repurpose items.

Having listened to the two of with talk of about their discovery into gardening, since moving to Rolla, you can not only see their joy but feel it too.

Roger and Rhea are retired from the Navy, and chose Rolla to retire to in 2003. There were only a few trees in the yard when they purchased their home, so they made their plans.