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LOS LUNAS—The Valencia County Extension Master Gardeners have chosen the yard of Pete Serafin, of Los Lunas, as the first “Yard and Garden of the Week” in the contest co-sponsored by the News-Bulletin.

“We congratulate Mr. Serafin on his beautiful yard. It was a very difficult decision,” said Merlinda Acevedo, the group’s president.

“We had 12 yards nominated, and they all showed a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication on the part of the gardeners,” she added.

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Serafin, who lives on North Los Lentes Road, said he was honored to be chosen, and that he has been putting in a lot of time on his yards since he retired 15 years ago.

“I’ve had students come and take prom and graduation pictures in my backyard, and a couple is planning to use it for their wedding in August,” Serafin said, adding that if 2020 Los Lunas or Belen graduates would like to use his yard as a backdrop they can contact him.

The contest will continue weekly through May 29 and may continue on a monthly basis through the growing season in September.

Nominations must include:

• The name and telephone number of the yard/garden owner;

• The address of where the yard/garden is located (all nominated yards/gardens must be in Valencia County);

• A brief statement of why the yard/garden deserves the award;

• Nominations are due each Friday by 12-noon and must be submitted via e-mail to either Rigo Chavez at chavrf66@gmail.com or Merlinda Acevedo at mercruz_2000@yahoo.com;

• Nominators may also submit up to two photos of the nominated yard/garden via email.

The Valencia County Master Gardeners is a community service program of the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service and provides courses and information to help community members improve their gardening skills.

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