I appreciate beautiful flowers and manicured yards as much as I like trees. I am not a terrific gardener, but I appreciate those who do marvelous things in their yards and I love to look at their creativity. I especially love to look at yards with a variety of colors and flowers.

If you are interested in learning more about gardening in this area of the country, the Dogwood Garden Club will have its first meeting of the 2017-2018 year 10:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Crestview Public Library, 1445 Commerce Drive.

Refreshments will be served at 10:15 a.m., with the meeting beginning at 10:30 a.m.

An Okaloosa Master Gardener will present this month's program topic, fall color in the garden. As one that loves the fall colors, different shades of oranges, reds, greens, golds and so on, I am looking forward to the program and I know that great gardening tips will be offered.

Subsequent meetings for the club are 10:30 a.m. the first Monday of each month in club members' homes. Dues are $25 per year, and the club meets September through May.

Call 683-0839 if you are interested in more information.

Dogwood Garden Club meetings focus on a different gardening topic each month. The topics range from subjects such as trees, to soil types and container gardening.

I enjoy using flowers in pots to brighten up our front yard. One of the many advantages to this type of gardening is that the plants can be brought in when it is cold. I have several hibiscus plants in pots; they go out for the warm weather and come in during the winter.

Mums, black-eyed Susans, pansies, phlox, asters and verbena and many of the flowers are plentiful at this time of year. They provide a variety of colors, are easy to put on the porch and really beautify the home.

Let's make Crestview the city of beautiful gardens and colorful yards.

Janice Lynn Crose, a former accountant, lives in Crestview with her husband, Jim; her two rescue collies, Shane and Jasmine; and two cats, Kathryn and Prince Valiant.