For garden winner, it#039;s all about the creativity

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 20, 2006

Anyone who wants to see what a whole lot of creativity and hard work looks like just needs to drive by the beautifully landscaped lawn of Dr. Patricia A. Floyd of 331 Highway North of Luverne.

Her lawn and gardens were selected by The Luverne Garden Club for the &#8220Garden of the Month Award” for July 2006.

Dr. Floyd's beautiful pink Caribbean-style home sits on 80 acres of land and is surrounded by a variety of palm trees, including Washatonia Palms, Sable or Cabbage Palms, Sago Palms and Windmill Palms.

Her yard also sports a variety of trees, such as a Kumquat fruit tree, a Lemon tree, a Crepe Myrtle tree and a fig tree.

But, that's not all.

One would also see apple trees, pecan, peach, chestnut and cherry trees, not to mention the Bradford Pears, the Weeping Willows, the Yekka, the Blueberry bushes and an old fashioned grape vine.

&#8220I love working in my yard,” Dr. Floyd said. &#8220I can just see the finished product in my mind, and then create it from there.”

Among the fountains, bird baths and bluebird houses, she has an unusual double Oleander bush and a Snowball bush.

One of the most unique plants, however, is the Shrimp plant.

&#8220I've had several people to ask me for a sprig so they could start their own,” she said.

Also among her elephant ears, her Easter lilies, and her Mexican daylilies, she has a variety of roses.

&#8220I named each rose bush after each of my grandsons,” she said. &#8220I planted each one the day they were born. Each grandchild knows which bush belongs to him.”

Floyd's grandchildren are Zachary Alford Zinke, age 7, Matthew Colton Zinke, age 5, and Reed David Zinke, age 3.

Dr. Floyd is a professor at Alabama State University in Montgomery, and she has co-authored nine textbooks related to health, physical fitness, wellness and education. She is also a member of the Luverne Rotary Club.