• Bright Spot Award July 2020 winner

    July 16, 2020
    Botanical bursts of color greet a lucky visitor at this month’s Bright Spot Award winner, 206 Greg Lane. The Kolay family- Prabir, Sumita and Arkaprabha - have a skillfully planned front landscape.

    Along the walk-up to the house one will find on the left shoulder high orange canna plants skirted by clean-cut boxwood bushes and hanging planters with cascades of purple draping over the sides. On the right side of the walk-up clay planter pots have fountain-tiered layers of vivid annual flowers. Rock garden features border the path. The Kolay family estimate they dedicate about 10 to15 hours a week during the growing season to management of their well-crafted lawn.

    “The choice of plants is important”, primary gardener Samita recounts. She finds a way to make her landscaping work despite pesky deer during the growing season. Deer resistant plants like dusty miller and marigolds are planted to protect two mid-sized trees, a flowering plum and a prairie crabapple. For various plants that are not deer resistant, such as petunias and hostas, a net covers them in the evening , helped along with a little deer repellent spray.

    The Kolay family moved to Carbondale from Calcutta in 2012. Prabir is a Professor of
    Engineering, and Sumita is pursuing her degree in administrative work. When they moved to their home the yard was simply flat and green - a clean slate. Reflections of their homeland can be seen in the beautiful selection of plants, particularly the orange cassandra, the delicate, blue flowered vine, aparajita (Asian Pigeonwing), and edible flora including curry leaves, plants and herbs, and Tulsi, or holy basil.

    The KCB Board selects businesses or residences to receive the Bright Spot Award. Please call
    the Keep Carbondale Beautiful office at 618 525-5525 or email keepcb1326@gmail.com
    Anne Krippenstapel, Exec. Director
    Keep Carbondale Beautiful
    P.O. Box 1326 ~ Carbondale ~ IL ~ 62903
    (618) 525-5525
    Twitter name: @KeepCB
    Anne Krippenstapel, Executive Director
    keepcb1326@gmail.com, 618-525-5525