Green Arrow Winner
Leader Staff Writer
A yard can be a man’s masterpiece and sometimes a man’s masterpieces can be in the yard. For Val and Cynthia Lewis of Bothwell, their yard has more than just flowers and a vegetable garden. It is adorned with Val’s famous sculptures known around the community and beyond.
This and many other reasons is why Val and Cynthia have been named one of this year’s Green Arrow award recipients.
Since 1978, the Lewis’ have called Bothwell their home. As every new home starts out as a blank canvas, it takes years to perfect. Even after 34 years, it is still work.
“It’s never ending,” said Val. “We’re always changing something or moving or recharging.”
His front porch features a dog sculpture created by Val. He also has plans to construct four new sculptures of his grandchildren and place them in a garden in the front yard. The four life-size sculptures of Addysen, 5, Brynlee, 3, Dallin, 6 months and Brayden, 2, will take six months per sculpture.
Brayden likes to help Val plant vegetables in the garden. Val has a love of fresh made, fresh grown salsa and grows everything from garlic to peppers. Brayden likes to pick and eat the strawberries and sometimes likes to dig up the previously planted seeds.
Their backyard features a koi pond and sculptures of their two grown children, Zachary and Candice when they were children. The pond features a waterfall designed by Val. It also features Val’s favorite spot in the yard, a hammock.
Val is humble about his beautiful yard.
“My yard is not a groomed yard,” he said. “It’s very natural. Unkempt sometimes.”
Most of the plants in his yard are native to Bothwell. He has wild roses that cover the fence in the front yard and cacti around their decorative fence.
As for Cynthia, she lets Val do most of the busy work, but she does pitch in for the vegetable garden. Mostly she just enjoys the fruits of Val’s labors.
“I like to sit out by the waterfall and relax,”
Cynthia said. “We love it here.”