Azure Couple Brightens Up the WFP Landscape

Azure Couple Brightens Up the WFP Landscape

In case you wondered who was responsible for the spectacular floral displays in the large, concrete pots along the green way or the beds in front of Mistral, let me assure you that it wasn’t Willamette River gnomes doing their magic in the wee hours of the morning. Instead, the magic has been provided by a generous and energetic Azure couple, Vicki & Steve Schurter, who have personally taken on the job of donating, planting and maintaining the stunning plant and floral arrangements.

Steve and Vicki Schurter, hard at work.
Photos courtesy of Kirk Vanderschel & Jim Motroni

According to Steve, it’s Vicki who is the floral artist with the green thumb; he’s just the muscle needed to execute Vicki’s planting plans and maintenance directives. Vicki, in fact, comes from a family of green thumb professionals. In 1965, her family started Yard ‘N Garden Land, a nursery in Vancouver, Washington. Vicki and her brothers worked at the nursery and took over as owners of the business when founding owner, Roy Sonney, retired. Today, Yard ‘N Garden Land is managed by the third generation of family members. The family business is celebrating its 55 years in business with an anniversary sale on Saturday August 22. You can find information about the nursery and directions at it’s website.

For their contribution to our community, Vicki and Steve were recently awarded the prestigious Beaver Award which recognizes outstanding achievement in landscaping improvements, maintenance, and beautification here at WFP. Kirk Vanderschel announced the Schurters as winners of the award at the July HOA meeting and thanked them for their selfless dedication to the landscape efforts at Waterfront Pearl.

If you haven’t yet taken a close look at the plantings, don’t put it off. And if you happen to see Vicki and Steve hauling water jugs down to the green way, be sure to express your gratitude to the 2020 Beaver Award winners.

Anyone interested in knowing more about or joining the Landscape Committee, should contact Kirk Vanderschel.

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John Wertzler

John Wertzler

Since moving to Portland from the Bay Area in 2015, I have become a volunteer naturalist with Metro and lead nature themed hikes for area school groups at Oxbow and Smith and Bybee Lakes.

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Dan McNair

Beautiful!!!