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Sunnyside gardener takes pride in keeping his yard neat

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Photo by Julia Hart

Each year, Berk plants more than 1,500 pink petunias in the flower beds that edge his yard. He said the pink petunias are constant bloomers and can take the Yakima Valley’s intense mid-summer heat.

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The Merrick Avenue yard of Dick Berk is the envy of the neighborhood. This yard marker is made of the leftover pieces of slate and rock originally used to trim his house, patio and the property’s outbuilding.

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Among the few ornaments in his yard is this old hard rubber wheel that originally came off his father’s old 1917 chain-driven Nash truck.

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Adding to the color of Berks’s back yard is this 12-foot tall totem pole created for him by his late daughter, Susan Householder. Every few years Berk touches up the paint on the totem, keeping the colors as crisp as the day he received it.

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Berk’s front yard boasts carefully sculptured evergreens complemented by the sharp edges of native rocks, all kept in park-like condition.

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While Dick Berk claims not to like yard work, the Sunnyside gardener gets points for the neatness and most well-manicured lawn on the block. “It’s just part of living,” he says of his landscaping skills.

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