Ashland Garden Club's first Garden of the Month for the 2007 season is the garden of Wendy and Harry Purslow at 432 Clinton St.

They have been in this house for two years, moving from a much larger property in Fair Oaks, Calif.

Most of our selections are chosen based only on the front yards, so that anyone passing by can enjoy them. With the Purslow garden, viewers get a bonus of seeing the raised vegetable beds and perennial plantings in their side and rear yards. Since they are located on a corner, these areas can be seen over the 4 ft. high fences required by the City of Ashland.

At first, the Purslows were concerned that their patio would lack privacy, but now they enjoy the chance to talk with neighbors out for a walk who stop to visit.

Wendy, a Master Gardener, said she is "always trying to make connections between people and plants."

At this time the front garden is a colorful mix of pinks, whites and purples. There are lilacs, rhododendrons and azaleas in bloom with pansies, tulips and bleeding hearts adding to the color. The shrubs are just beginning to establish themselves and show great promise of making the garden even more beautiful in the future.

Wendy, as all devoted gardeners do, has ideas in mind for changes she wants to make. In one cool damp section of the yard she plans to try plants she remembers from gardening in England.

Those interested in submitting a garden can call an Ashland Garden Club Garden of the Month committee member at 482-1443, 488-1641 or 499-0499.