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What defines a garden? Merriam-Webster says a garden is “a plot of ground where herbs, fruits, flowers, or vegetables are cultivated.” But, from that plot, if you took the herbs, fruits, flowers and vegetation away — what would you have? You’d have a yard.

Randy Renken’s yard is one of five to be featured in this year’s Garden Walk, presented by the Pontiac Woman’s Club.

Is not a yard a garden in its most unvarnished incarnation — is not a yard the ur-garden? Though it might not meet any of the qualitative requirements for any standard definition of “garden,” Renken’s lawn is nevertheless an impressive landscaping and spacing achievement.

In Renken’s yard, there are two trees, which he has created rings around and added aesthetic rocks to, as well as curbed birdbath. The tree rings are also home to a couple of hosta plants. Besides a latticed gateway with clematis, the only color besides green in his card belong to plastic flowers in planter boxes lining the exterior of his house.

“I used to have some real flowers in these flowers boxes, but the squirrels would always come and dig them out, so I had these plastic ones put in,” he said….