‘Front Yard’ is this week’s winner

Just how much does Suzette Howton like gardening? It’s her passion, her place to unwind away from life’s chaos. “It’s so satisfying to see something I have planted grow,” wrote Howton, a South Lyon mom of three, in an email. “I especially love the challenge of taking care of my plants. For me, gardening is a continual learning process and there are surprises every season. The greatest reward is finding a solution to a struggling plant.” Still, her yard isn’t huge, so Howton has made the most of it with a mixed perennial garden that packs a lot of curb appeal. Howton is this week’s winner of the Homestyle Garden Photo Contest. She’ll win a free home decor or gardening book. She’ll also be a finalist for the grand prize, a $200 gift card for English Gardens. To enter your best garden photos, go to

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