Skaneateles Garden Club gives Streetscape Award

Jessica Weathers stands in front of her Leitch Avenue home, the recent recipient of the Skaneateles Garden Club's Streetscape Award.

Jessica Weathers stands in front of her Leitch Avenue home, the recent recipient of the Skaneateles Garden Club's Streetscape Award.

The Skaneateles Garden Club has awarded the Fall Streetscape Award to Jessica Weathers and Jonathan Parry of 7 Leitch Ave.

Jessica and Jon both graduated form Clarkson University where Jon studied business and technology management and Jessica earned her doctorate of physical therapy. They moved to lower Leitch Avenue's much admired “green carriage house” last summer after they sold their renovated 1883 home in Potsdam. Upon arrival here Jon began his second home renovation project and this spring the couple took time out to make a small, vibrant garden.

Jonathan writes:

“Our 1883 home on Leitch Avenue was an easy decision for me but it was a tough sell to Jessica who had endured one fixer-upper already. Eventually, the quaint village, short distance to the lake and endless promises of renovation deadlines won her over. I also promised her a puppy.

We decided to focus on the front exterior of the home first because it was in need of attention and very noticeable due to the close proximity to the sidewalk. After removing the overgrown ivy, we painted a fresh coat of Old Essex Green, which has been a trademark of the small home for as long as any of my neighbors could remember. The monochromatic house needed contrast so we bought some window boxes and recruited my mom to help plant in them a variety of colorful variegated impatiens and potato vines. The small garden separating the sidewalk from the home is comprised of perennials including purple coneflowers. The north end of the garden is a mix of perennial herbs and a catnip plant for our cat, Splash.

Additional plans for the home include interior renovations and a manor landscaping project for the backyard which is still to be determined. Our overall goal is to keep the home true to its roots with its charm and character as that is what made us fall in love with the property. We were very surprised to hear we had won the Streetscape Award because there are so many beautiful gardens and landscaping found in the town. We both hope to continue making the “little green house” beautiful over the years and have greatly appreciated all the nice comments our neighbors have shared over the past year of progress. Skaneateles is a truly wonderful community and we are both very happy to call it home.”

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