Antonio and Betty Aragon in front of some of the vegetables in their yard that was selected as the September Yard/Garden of the Month by the Valencia Master Gardeners.

LOS LUNAS–The Valencia County Extension Master Gardeners chose Antonio and Betty Aragon as winners of “Yard and Garden of the Month” for September in the contest co-sponsored by the News-Bulletin.

“The Aragon’s yard has a little bit of everything for all to enjoy — the main elements are a vegetable garden, an orchard, a variety of wildflowers and drought-resistant plants including a mass planting of cosmos,” said Adrienne David of the Valencia Master Gardeners, who was one of the judges for this month’s contest.

“We were lucky enough to witness hundreds of sulphur butterflies feasting on the cosmos for nourishment as they continue their migration south to Florida and the Caribbean,” David added.

As winners of this month’s contest, the Aragons will receive a $100 cash prize. Their yard sits off  El Cerro Loop in Los Lunas.

The Aragon’s yard was nominated by their neighbor Angela Koenig.

“The Aragons work tirelessly to make their yard beautiful and for their family and friends to enjoy the fruits of their labor,” Koenig wrote in her nomination.

She noted the Aragon’s yard includes apple, peach, plum, cherry and pear trees.

The deadline for entries in the October contest, which is the last one for the season, is Oct. 8.

To nominate a yard/garden submit:

  • The name and telephone number of the yard/garden owner;
  • The address of where the yard/garden is located (all nominated yards/gardens must be in Valencia County);
  • A brief statement of why the yard/garden deserves the award;
  • Nominations for the October contest are due by noon, Friday, Oct. 8, and must be submitted via email to either Rigo Chavez at chavrf66@gmail.com or Merlinda Acevedo at mercruz_2000@yahoo.com;
  • Nominators may also submit up to two photos of the nominated yard/garden via email.

The Valencia County Master Gardeners is a community service program of the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service and provides courses and information to help community members improve their gardening skills.

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