Steve and Nickie lived here during their teens and moved to Santa Cruz and Oregon only to be drawn back to Discovery Bay. You will find Steve working in his yard when he is not working for Discovery Appraisal Services. Gardening is his relaxation. When first approached, he had just sealed his walk and was sanding a wooden park bench.
Steve has surrounded his home with tropical plants. When you first approach the house, your eyes are drawn to the profuse scarlet red blooms on his hibiscus bushes that are next to and almost as tall as the garage door. Queen, pigmy, sago palms, low lush plants and yellow hibiscus sweep around to the left, spilling onto the various sized stones and rocks ending in a dry creek bed. Rocks also surround the base of the trees in the lawn, which is separated from the plant area by a cement faux rock border.
Steve tries not to use chemicals; instead, he tries to control the garden pests with soapy solutions and ladybugs. Though the back yard was not viewed, Steve talked of his banana trees and other tropical plants that keep him alerted to the frost warnings in the winter.
The Discovery Bay Garden Club salutes the couple for contributing to the community beautification by awarding them with a certificate of appreciation. A sign was placed in their front yard claiming they are the Home of the Month. Village Nurseries on Sunset in Brentwood also awarded a certificate worth $25 towards gardening supplies.
A Home of the Month award will be given each month from September through June to a homeowner within one of 10 geographic areas in Discovery Bay. Those interested in learning more about the Discovery Bay Garden Club should contact Gail Fritschle, Vice President and Membership Chair, at 634-8659.