16 Curb Appeal Contest Finalist Christan and Patrick Shelton

A gardener's dream can take time and money, something a lot of folks are short of these days.

But $5,000 worth of landscaping will brighten the front yard of some lucky Michiana homeowner. Thanks to our 16 Curb Appeal Contest and Linton's Enchanted Gardens.

This week we're sharing the stories of our three finalists, and starting Thursday, you'll be able to vote for your favorite.

The second contestant in the 16 Curb Appeal Contest is a young family that's dreaming of a new front yard.

In Elkhart County’s Oakbrook Springs Subdivision, there's this beautiful home with green grass and lovely shrubs and flowers. The Shelton family lives next door.

“When we tell people to come, we say well just pass the beautifully manicured yard and here's our yard,” describes Christan Shelton one of the 16 Curb Appeal Finalists.

Christan and Patrick Shelton have been married for two years, and have a beautiful baby boy. They love their home, but not the front yard. It's a never ending project.

“We've done a lot of work,” says Christan. “Before there were trees covering, I think at this point we are just at a standstill we don't know what to do.”

They're at a standstill because for right now they're short on time. Baby Patrick was born 7 months ago.

“He needs at least 26 hours a day,” explains Patrick.

Christan is already back to work full time. Patrick teaches 6th Grade in Elkhart Schools and would like some help with their landscaping this summer. He already has a good idea what this yard needs.

“Some color,” explains Patrick. “We'd like to have some color. Get rid of the weed box in the front yard.”

The Shelton weed box is actually an old raised flower bed. Inside, a once-decorative tree is now an eyesore.That's not the only thing that needs to go.

“As you can see this is all overgrown,” says Patrick. “Some kind of bush or shrub all types of weeds.”

Right in front of the home, some hostas are struggling.

“They're battling for survival, survival of the fittest,” explains Patrick.

This family would love to grow new plants for their growing son.

“I enjoy coming home to see my wife and my beautiful son,” says Patrick. “But it's kind of depressing until I get inside.”

We have one more story to share, and voting begins Thursday at 7 a.m. That's when you'll be able to check out the stories on our website and then pick your favorite and vote.


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