Small-lot Garden Tour Coming to Yalecrest

Attention Yalecrest Gardeners

Join your fellow K.E.E.P. members and Cynthia Bee in hosting the GardenComm Small-Lot City Gardens Tour to be held in Yalecrest.

Saturday, September 7th
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tour begins at Harvard Triangle – Harvard Avenue and 1300 East

GardenComm is a highly respected organization of garden aficionado professionals. These members work with arboretums, garden centers, landscape architects and designers.  This is a free event for GardenComm, K.E.E.P. Yalecrest members and the homeowners on the tour route.

The tour route is 1300-1500 East on Harvard, Normandie Circle, Princeton, Laird, Uintah and Laird Circle.

Volunteers are needed to be garden docents, reception hosts or tour guides. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Jill Greenwood or Lynn Pershing by August 1st at info @



Current Work Occurring in Yalecrest Spring ’19

Yalecrest Streetscapes – Then and Now

We have been able to find some photographs of a few scenes in Yalecrest taken about seventy-five or eighty years ago that we’d like to share. It is fun to see those scenes and how they compare to the same scenes today. The trees have certainly grown and some are gone. It is comforting to see the houses that have so distinctively defined our neighborhood over the years that are still here.

Children Playing in the Snow at 9th South and 14th East, 1943
Looking Northeast from 9th South at 14th East, February 2019
Children Clearing a Pathway on Military Drive After a January 1944 Snowstorm
986, 980, and 976 Military Drive 75 Years Later, February 2019
Clearing the Snow on the 1500 Block of Yale Avenue, January 1944
South Side of Yale Avenue Looking West From 1582 Yale, February 2019
Left: Snow-Covered Trees Illuminated by Street Lamp Looking East from 1751 Yalecrest Avenue, January 7, 1940; Right: Same Location, February 25, 2019
Looking South on 17th East from Yalecrest Avenue, March 23, 1937
Looking South on 17th East from Yalecrest Avenue, February 2019
North Side of Harvard Avenue Looking East from Normandie Circle, March 1942
North Side of Harvard Avenue Looking East from Normandie Circle, February 2019
Ninth South at Diestel Road, Looking Northeast, May 31, 1939
Ninth South at Diestel Road, Looking Northeast, February 2019

Kim Childs

A Long-Time Yalecrest Resident Once Christened a Navy Warship? Who Knew?

Front Left to Right: Utah U.S. Senator Reed Smoot, Miss Gaylie Rich, Miss Helen Budge, U.S. Secretary of Navy, Curtis D. Wilbur, Salt Lake City Mayor, John F. Bowman, January 23, 1929

In December 1928, the U.S. Navy was finishing construction of the U.S.S. Salt Lake City, a new navy cruiser, at the New York Shipbuilding Company at Camden, New Jersey.  Miss Helen Budge, a 22 year-old Julliard trained musician of 1002 Douglas Street, was selected by U.S. Utah Senator Reed Smoot and Salt Lake City Mayor John F. Bowman to be the sponsor for the new ship and to perform the honor of christening her at her launching ceremony.  Gaylie Rich, age 18, of 1400 Yale Avenue, was selected to assist as Helen’s maid-of-honor.

Gaylie Rich, Maid-of-Honor; and Helen Budge, Sponsor

Helen, Gaylie, and a coalition of others from Utah traveled to New Jersey for the January 23, 1929 launching, which was ninety years ago today. 

U.S.S. Salt Lake City before launching, January 23, 1929

Six thousand onlookers cheered as Helen, bedecked in flowers, smashed a bottle of champagne on the bow of the U.S.S. Salt Lake City, sending her off on a remarkable journey.

U.S.S. Salt Lake City right after launch

During her first twelve years before World War II began, the U.S.S. Salt Lake City sailed extensively in the Atlantic, passed through the Panama Canal, and even sailed to Australia.  On December 7, 1941, she was accompanying the U.S.S. Enterprise aircraft carrier delivering airplanes to Wake Island and avoided disaster at Pearl Harbor by one day.  In 1942 she was part of the raid of the Marshall Islands and escorted other ships in the Doolittle raid to bomb Tokyo.  She was in the thick of things at the Solomon Islands and at Guadalcanal.  She took a beating but survived the Battle of Esperance. 

U.S.S. Salt Lake City, Mare Island, California, February 1941

In 1943, she departed for the Aleutian Islands and at the Komandorski Islands was again badly damaged.  After a remarkable comeback, she was part of the 1944 operations in the Gilberts and the Philippines, and in 1945, assisting at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.  In 1946, after the war had formally ended, the U.S.S. Salt Lake City was used near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific for atomic bomb testing and remarkably survived that.  Considered radioactive after that, she was sunk as a test target ship on May 25, 1948.

U.S.S. Salt Lake City at Wake Island, February 24, 1942

Meanwhile back in Salt Lake, Miss Helen Budge joined the faculty at the McCune School of Music in the fall of 1929 where she remained for eight years.  She moved to New York in 1937 to get a Ph.D. in music education at Columbia University and eventually joined the faculty there and at Queens College.  She also performed in many concerts and radio programs while there. 

Helen Budge, about 1929

Helen returned to Salt Lake in 1946 and married Harold Folland, who was a professor of English and Theater at the University of Utah.  He grew up at 1471 Michigan Avenue and served in the U.S. Army between 1942 and 1945.  Helen joined Harold at the University initially as a professor of English and ultimately taught in the Music Department.   They had a son who was born in 1947. 

The Follands moved into their bungalow at 1571 Harvard Avenue in 1948 where they remained the next fifty years.   They were simply the neighbors who lived five doors down the street from me all of my growing up years.  I didn’t have a lot of interaction with them, but they were always very friendly, greeting me with a smile if they were outside when I walked by. 

Dr. Helen Folland, University of Utah, 1966

Harold died in 1992 at age 85 and Helen died in 1999 at age 92.  I knew that they were both professors at the University of Utah, but that’s about all I knew about them…until recently, that is, when I learned that Mrs. Folland actually once christened a U.S. Navy warship!

Kim Childs

Fall = A New School Year

I always loved the Fall.  I loved the colors of the changing leaves and the start of a new school year.  Not to mention, the fun of Halloween!  I bet many kids today feel the same way.  Thinking about them and thinking about Yalecrest’s past… thought I’d share my 2 favorite stories relating to Uintah Elementary School.

The 1st story takes place in the earliest days of Uintah.  Remember, this was back when the school’s eastern boundary extended all the way to the Wasatch Mountains.  Children often reported seeing a coyote as they walked to school.  And sometimes the kids and teachers would gather for a little coyote watching before getting down to business.

The 2nd story comes from Ray H. Barton, Jr.  Ray attended Uintah from 1923-1929.  His story can be found in a booklet titled “Uintah Memories, A Retrospective View of Uintah Elementary School, 1915-1993.”  In Ray’s words:

I was caught jumping out the first story window at lunch break in the 5th grade and was sent to see the principal by Miss Kelly, my teacher.  We were all scared of Mr Kesler.  He was tall and had a booming voice.  So I went to see him shaking in my boots.

He said, “Come in,” when I knocked and asked what I was there for.  I told him and he said, “I don’t think that was so bad.  Sit down and let’s talk for a few minutes.”  He was nice and then sent me back in a few minutes to my room.  I was grateful to him.

Years later, after graduating from Temple Medical School in Philadelphia, I returned to LDS Hospital in Salt Lake to intern.  One day I was asked to assist on a surgery.  The surgeon asked me, as we made the incision, to check the tissues and tell him how old I thought this man was.  I couldn’t see anything but the incision because he was draped.  I didn’t know who it was.  The doctor was trying to make the point that this patient had taken care of himself and was lean and wiry.  I guessed about 45 to 50.  He said to my astonishment, “He is 70 years old.”

Being curious, after surgery I went up to his room to see him.  To my surprise it was Mr Kesler, my old principal.  I introduced myself and then told him the above happening when in school.  He was glad to see me and shook my hand and said, “Well, Ray, I’m glad I was nice to you at that time.  Things have a way of paying off.”  We remained close friends until the end of his life.


Can you spot Mr Kesler, the principal, in this photo?


1917 Uintah School 8th grade graduates.


–Kelly Marinan
  • Copyright for the coyote images belongs to the Uintah County Library.  Copyright for Uintah School photo belongs to the Utah State Historical Society.
  • “Uintah Memories” was compiled by the Uintah PTA.  Lucile Anderson (PTA Historian) and Karamea Edwards did a lot of work on it.  Writing credit also goes to the school principal at the time, Julia Miller.
  • Fred Keeler was Uintah’s principal for its first year.  After that, A. B. Kesler was the principal from 1916-1934.
  • 1917 Uintah School photo: 1st row:  James Hurd, Irene Kimball, Ira Konold, Alice Edgeheill, Aquilla Merrill, Alice Christensen, Raphael Stokes.  2nd row:  Clyde Rose, Frank Goeltz, Marcel Mansuy, Edith Gray, Melvin Wagstaff, Martha Irvine, Hazel Westergreen, Ellen Bessendorfer, Glen Davidson, Myrtle Herman.  3rd row:  Rosalia Scribante, Olof Scott, Erma Wetzell, Clyde Watson, Vera Jensen, Fay Leaker, Hazel Grow, Joseph Gumbmann.  Top row:  A. B. Kesler, Edith E. Kendell.


Yalecrest Receives Another Local Historic District Designation!

In April, the Salt Lake City Council unanimously approved the sixth Local Historic District in Yalecrest.  Congratulations to those who spearheaded the effort and garnered support.  This latest district is located on the 1500 E. block of Hubbard and contains a variety of architectural styles and notable past residents.




This block is located in the original Douglas Park subdivision and contains a 100 year old home!

The Yalecrest neighborhood, established in 1910, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007, however there are no protections associated with that listing.  The district continues to experience demolitions/tear down of homes with the count in the 40’s; two more are planned.



12 ways to create Curb Appeal

12 Ways to Create Curb Appeal

K.E.E.P.Yalecrest was delighted to host Cynthia Bee, the Outreach Coordinator for the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District and the Conservation Park, on March 13, 2018 at the Anderson Foothill Library, as part of our ongoing Education Lecture series. The following is a summary of her enthusiastic, entertaining and knowledgeable lecture that  attended by members and guests.

What is Curb Appeal?

Merriam Webster defines curb appeal as “the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street”.  Ms Bee asserts that curb appeal is difficult to define, but “when you see it, you know it!”  Curb appeal draws walkers and visitors to stop, smile and appreciate your home.  Cynthia Bee shared 12 ways to create and/or enhance curb appeal of our homes with many examples from Yalecrest!

12 Ways to Create Curb Appeal

1.  Match don’t mix

Some homes in Yalecrest, have a distinctive architectural style.  Match the landscape design with the architecture of your home-either apply the house style to the landscape or use the landscape to give the house a style.  Avoid mixing styles –   carry materials from the house to the landscaping design.  Use symmetry in the landscape design to provide balance between plant specimens and house. One way landscape can generate a “style” for a house is with a fence or living hedge that creates a ‘barrier

2.  No Bore Front Door

Your front door is the jewelry of your home.  It’s the #1 project with the highest return on your investment and the quickest way to add curb appeal to your home.   Yalecrest is fortunate to have many uniquely designed wood front entry doors, but they require protection from elements (recessed entries).  If your door needs repairs, use BONDO to restore the door.  If the door is severely damaged, find the best quality upgraded door you can afford.  You can also choose to paint the door with a high quality, durable finish.  Choose an interesting color to draw attention to the door.  ‘No fail’ colors that add interest to the front door include 1. Bright colors (mid tones that are vivid or bold), 2. Subtle color (light colors that blend with the house becoming almost neutral), or 3. Classic color (dark crisp colors).   Make sure the sheen of the finish is either matte or semi gloss.  Gloss finishes shows imperfections.

3.  Emphasize the Entry

Draw the eye to the entry with a new covered structure, arbors or other details that direct visitors to the entry and protect them from the elements.  This is particularly important for homes with front doors which do not face the street.  You can also add great plants, an architectural element (arbor, stair railings) around the entry to draw attention to the entry OR add a great gate in the yard leading to the front door.

NOTE: If you opt to change the street facing side of your home, remember to contact Roger Roper at the State Historic Preservation Office (801-245-7251 or to find out if those plans will alter your contributory status and affect your future state tax credits.   You can learn more about the State Tax credit program and print/download a read/write application at 

Also, homeowners in Local Historic Districts are required to obtain a ‘certificate of appropriateness’ for adding any permanent structure(s) to the street facade before obtaining their building permits.  Contact Historic Planners in the City Planning Department (Carl Leith 801-535-7758 or or Joel Patterson (801.535.6141 or to find out how to get a ‘certificate of appropriateness’ for adding any structures to the street facade in a Local Historic District…it could change your house’s contributory status and prevent use of the State Tax credit program.

4.  Contain Yourself

Instead of using many container gardens around the front yard, limit yourself to either a few large containers or 1 grouping near the front door.  If the colors of the containers are different keep pot shape similar.  If the colors are similar, vary the shapes.  Create groupings.  The ‘bigger the container, the better’.  Match the pot architecture to house architecture.  Container considerations:  same type, same shape and varied heights.  Group elements to a limited number of locations (e.g.front and back)

      5.  Define the Lawn

Turf (lawn) becomes an organizing element of the yard.  It should have a defined shape and unobstructed view of the street. Shape your lawn into a single, strong shape.  This conserves water, increases function and simplifies maintenance.  It also serves as the “white space” in the landscape, around which you can organize the rest of the landscape design.  Locate the lawn to where it is MOST useful;  unobstructed for maintenance (no tree islands), fewer edges.  Maintenance is very important- maintain a ‘crisp edging’ of the lawn area.  Lawnless landscapes need great definition to prevent them from appearing as a “mess”. Use low growing blooming plants spaced appropriate for size maturity to minimize extensive pruning.

       6.  Walk this Way

Create a front walkway that is dedicated to pedestrians and separate from the   driveway whenever possible.  Scale the walkway to the lot size.  Use appropriate materials and installation styles similar to the house architecture.  Front walkways should abe hardscaping material that provides a stable walking surface;  use large stones   / pavers and set-in mortar.  Wide, meandering walkways should be soften with low ground covering plants that spill over the hard walkway surface.

7.  Friendly Face

Prairie School, Craftsman and Arts and Crafts architecture designed homes enjoy the curb appeal of a large front porch.  You can create the same effect of a front porch with a front yard seating area.  It not only sends a friendly vibe, like a front yard ‘living room’ and but also removes a section of landscape from continued, active maintenance!  Front yard seating areas are found throughout Yalecrest-a pair of Adirondack chairs in the front lawn to a paver or large stone patio with interesting ground covers and a set of chairs, inviting neighbors and walkers to sit or stop and share some conversation.  Now that’s neighborly!

8.  Seek and Hide

Whenever possible, call attention to positive attributes of your home.  They can be architectural, accent containers or plants.  Examples include walkways, attractive windows, window boxes, arbors, front gate, etc-anything with detailing.  This is especially important on a busy trafficked street.  Downplay garages, storage spaces, waste containers, HVAC units, etc with installation of arbors, screens or plants.  Downplay Garage doors by adding an arbor over the door or upgrade the quality of the garage door.  Regarding fences, choose a fence style that matches the architecture of your home.  Don’t bring the fence in the front yard all the way to the front yard setback of your property.  In addition, soften the front fence structure with plants and in 4 feet on the interior.  Use repeated plants for continuity and impact.

9.  Enthusiasm Your Curb

Call attention to your landscape, improve the sense of separation from the street and conserve/retain water by filling the park strip with low-growing, water-wise plants.   “Flip your strip”.  Keep the plantings low, use dense plantings to reduce weeds such as “steppable’ simple, lush-looking groundcovers (creeping thryme, wooly thyme, soapwort, shrub knockout roses, yellow creeping jenny, stachylantis (lambs ear).  Reduce any turf area less than 8′ x 8′ feet with creative pass-through areas with stepping stones and groundcover or small plants that spread less than 2 feet, etc for easier irrigation and less maintenance.  For creative designs in landscaping your parkstrip, visit help, to find 1) ready-made plans and resources, 2) help finding a landscaping pro, 3) videos and an 4) online learning blog with experts to answer questions.  You can also visit Red Butte Botanical Gardens located just minutes from Yalecrest in the University Research Park.  The new 3 acre Water Conservation Garden contains 10 different garden rooms, displaying 27, 000 water-wise, drought tolerant plants representing over 500 species of trees, shrubs, flowers, ground covers.  Take your camera to collect photos and the associated information of the many interesting and lush plants you may wish to include in your landscaping design.

10. Focus on Foliage

Use foliage colors and textures and shape to create definite edges in closely-grouped plantings that remain attractive when not blooming, including shrub roses, elderberry and ninebark (gold and maroon colored varieties) and dense low growing, differently colored sedums.  This allow each plant to feel intentional while packing them close enough to reduce or hide any weeds and eliminate the ‘green jungle’ feel and add interest to your landscaping. 

11.  Bigger is Usually Better

Resist the urge to have a lot of small decorative elements-they look nondistinct or ‘messy’ from afar.  Focus instead of fewer items that are larger in scale, although use of bold colors can make objects seem larger.  The same is true with front yard flowers.  Large flower heads like peonies, hydrangeas and hardy hibiscus are more noticeable from a distance.  An alternative to a single large element is planting multiple (3-5) small flowering or colorful individual plants together to give the impression of a larger plant.  Remember, ‘Beauty is created with contrast’. Using multiple planting of the same water-wise, drought tolerant plant such as delosporum (iceplant), firecracker penstemon, salvia (crystal blue) and various sedums together with lavender or shrub roses in your parkstrip creates a large impact of contrasting color, height and foliage.  All can be sufficiently irrigated with drip emitters.  Don’t forget to add more drip irrigation lines at the dripline of your large parkstrip trees!  They still require more water to maintain their health in summer weather.

12.  Maintenance Matters

There is no substitute for good maintenance.  For the house, make sure water is properly channeled away from the house and stain or paint the house as needed.  Appropriate irrigation of the planting beds vs turf often requires different irrigation schedules.  Contact the ‘slow the flow-H20 program’ program at  then go to on that page to schedule your free irrigation analysis.  For the landscape, it’s better to have a simple yard you can keep up with than a fancy space in poor condition. Maintain clean edges between the turf vs planting beds and create a defined central turf area with planting beds around it.  Learn more about how to design appropriate Utah Localscapes at


More About Cynthia Bee:  Ms Bee has a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Utah State University.  She is an ‘experienced landscape design professional dedicated to teaching everyday homeowners how to create landscapes they’ll love which also fit the climate in which they live’.  She specializes in teaching landscape design, implementation and management to homeowners– rather than gardening to gardeners.

She is a Contributor to the “Spaces” section (home and garden) of the Salt Lake Tribune,  providing relevant local content and expertise in landscape and garden related topics and Outreach Coordinator at the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District (8275 S 1300 W, West Jordan, UT).  She is co-author of the famed ‘Localscapes 101’ design course offered through the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District.

As a professional landscape communicator, she has presented at professional and public events throughout the western United States.  She has an active blogging site () and is the Founder of Utah Home and Garden Club.

This Lecture is a series of free events brought to you by K.E.E.P Yalecrest.   To become a member, donate and be notified of future events, visit 

-Lynn K Pershing