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1305 Manteo Court
The winning home for the Hickory school district is a River Star Home with the Elizabeth River Project. Mr. Aaron White, the homeowner of this suburban oasis has put a strong emphasis on controlling storm-water runoff. He has several flower gardens in the front of the property, and a small vegetable plot right at the front corner of the lot. He has planted eastern red buds, wax myrtles and a large river birch in the front yard. The lawn has been transformed into a well maintained "Freedom" lawn with lots of bee- and soil-friendly clover, and an experimental and playful approach to design and planting combinations. Two large native oak and sweet gum trees frame the back yard, giving the property nearly a 50% tree canopy, and the rear of the property boasts vegetable gardens, a pizza herb garden and a flower garden with producing berry bushes. Mr. White has installed rain barrels and compost bins, as well as a beautiful water feature. The potential within this relatively small yard has been maximized to incorporate a very diverse variety of environmentally friendly practices.