Surrounded by plants, Frank Boyette sat in his home’s sunroom and talked about how he appreciated the honor of Yard of the Month, but humbly said he would have liked for someone else to receive the award.
The reason, he said, was that he received the Appearance Committee’s distinction three years ago, and perhaps if someone else got the award, it would serve as an encouragement to other Red Springs residents who work so diligently in their yards.
Boyette and his wife Helen moved into the home at 1114 E. Fourth Avenue, 42 years ago, and his yard is a product of decades of a labor of love.
“I grew up on a farm, so it’s a natural for me,” Boyette said of tending to the yard.
From a boyhood on a farm to North Carolina State University, Boyette never lost his love for agriculture. He decided, he said, that he did not want to teach agriculture in school, so he worked in extension offices near Hendersonville, and later in Faison after graduation.
“I was involved in vegetable research for the state when the bank (Southern National Bank) hired me,” he said.
That began a career of managing farms, something he still does today. Boyette is involved in the management of 15 farms coast to coast.
As for his yard, Boyette said he has always been interested in flowers.
“It’s a lot of work,” he said, “but I’ve been interested in pretty things all of my life.”