It has one mission - to Keep Stephenville Beautiful.
For the second consecutive year, KSB will host its Garden Tour, shining a light on some of the city's most luxurious lawns and landscapes from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2.
From inviting backyards with custom built pools to carefully primped lawns and accent gardens, each of the homes on tour offer distinct ideas the organization hopes will inspire others.
At 1500 Timber Creek Drive, the garden of Kaylee and Cole Parks offers an assortment of perennials including Red Yucca, Indian Hawthorne, Knockout Roses, Sago Palm and Lantana. This garden is complete with an outdoor living area which includes a fireplace, pool with fountain and adjacent hot tub as well as inviting sitting areas.
"You are sure to find some ideas for your own garden here," KSB secretary Janet Whitley said.
At 101 E. Hudson Court in Heritage Hills, Linda and Stephen Peacock began perfecting their landscape when they moved into their home in 1998. Their garden also includes a pool, accented with various plants and decor.
"Sitting on their patio provides many opportunities to enjoy the beauty of nature," Whitley said.
The garden of Pam and Mark Littleton at 105 Greenbriar was developed from a patch of briar and thorny blackberry vine. This garden includes a water feature with water tumbling over rocks, giving the sound of a bubbling stream surrounded by shade trees.
"There are many opportunities to enjoy the noises of mockingbirds, blue jays and cardinals," Whitley said. "There is also a wonderful patio area with an outdoor kitchen."
Landscaper and KSB President Jason Lovell has developed a beautiful yard at his home at 609 Maplewood.
The yard includes stone retainer walls, planting borders, knee walls and pool accents as well as an outdoor stone grill used throughout the year.
Lovell has incorporated Knockout Roses, Drift Roses, Dwarf Yaupon Holly, Gulf Stream Nandina, Harbor Belle Nandina, Wax Myrtle, Shadows Yaupon Holly, Windmill Palm, Sago Palm and plenty of ground cover and seasonal color into his garden.
"There are many nooks and crannies in this yard with ideas you can adapt to your own," she said.
Through a wrought-iron gate, a cobblestone-like walk winds its way through the backyard garden of Linda and Gary LaBowe at 116 Sandra Palmer. Plants include holly ferns, Japanese Maples, Kimberly Queen ferns, Knockout Roses, Day-lilies, Coral Bells and a variety of potted plants to soak up the morning sun.
The lovely yard of Cindy and Jimmy King at 2315 Mimosa contains gifts and memories from people they have loved through the years such as metate boards from Jimís fatherís hunting trips in the Navajo nations, Cindyís grandmotherís Peony, Jimís motherís Windmere cactus rock and Cindyís grandfather wheelbarrow.
"There is also beautiful hardscaping in the back yard," Whitley said.
Tickets to the Garden Tour are $10 and available at Stephenville Chamber of Commerce, Scottís Flowers, AlphaGraphics and Greenmaker Nursery. Tickets will also be available at each garden the day of the tour. Each ticket will have a stub to be filled out and included in a drawing for door prizes. Door prizes include a metal plant wagon, a $25 gift certificate donated by Ace Hardware, and potted Knockout Roses.
The tour is self-guided with maps and profiles of each garden provided to attendees when tickets are purchased.
Three-gallon pink and red Knockout Roses will be sold at each of the stops on the tour for $15 each.
Keep Stephenville Beautiful is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and currently has a campaign to get citizens and businesses to plant as many Knockout Roses as possible to add color to the city.
All donations including ticket prices, membership fees, and general donations go directly back into the community for beautification purposes. Recent KSB projects include the river cleanup, new plants around the courthouse square, partnering with the annual Tarleton Roundup, contributions from KSB to the alumni project at Tarleton, to the upcoming landscaping at the public library, and working with the city of Stephenville on the median project. Upcoming projects include new benches and trash receptacles around the square.