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Valley Garden Club awards Good Neighbor Award

The Good Neighbor Award was recently given to Elayne and Pat Murphy of Battle Ridge. Walking into their one-acre-plus yard is like walking into another world containing spacious open gardens with a cottage garden-style feeling to them. They have a lovely pond and many water fountains scattered throughout their many gardens. There are winding trails, raised beds and terraced yards containing vegetables, herbs, as well as many different varieties of flowers and shrubs. They are a team with Pat building and Elayne planting. In fact, Elayne asked Pat to stop building before their whole place was turned into gardens. They have an underground water system but also have many hanging planters which need to be watered manually.

They have lived on Battle Ridge for 20 years and previously lived in Grangeville. Before that, they were in the Orofino area where she became inspired by the small decorative yard which was on the place they purchased. Elayne’s favorite flowers are definitely delphiniums and lilies. They also enjoy providing host plants for the many butterflies that come to this area. Enjoying the ever-changing flowers throughout the seasons is a great reward for all their efforts, such as lilacs in spring, peonies now, lilies in the summer, then chrysanthemums in the fall, including the frost a little later so they can finally rest in the winter. The Murphys have two Alpine goats and they plan to expand with goats bred to produce cashmere which would provide material for her love of knitting. She plans to learn how to harvest the fiber, learn to clean, and then spin. Sewing is also a passion. Elayne wants to become a Master Gardener when she completely retires and would like to become a Valley Garden Club member, then eventually a flower show judge. The only reservation she has about judging is seeing different species that she does not have in her garden and wanting them.


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