The Gettysburg Garden Club through its Garden of the Month Committee is pleased to present the garden of the month award to Tom and Erika Crist, of 114 Springs Avenue, Gettysburg.
The property at 114 Springs Avenue reflects the spirit of gracious neighborliness and caring gardening on this Gettysburg street. Erika and Tom Crist bought the Queen Anne Victorian house in 2004, after 38 years and the raising of three sons in a nearby neighborhood. Dr. Milton Valentine, for whom there is an historic plaque next to the front door, had lived in the house in the early 20th Century. Years later Tom Crist grew up on Elm Street and played with two boys who then lived at 114 Springs. This happy memory helped to draw him and Erika to the house when it came on the market. In the process of refurbishing the property, they have reconnected with the two boys and have accomplished a great deal with careful attention and much love and work.