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Gardens Now Being Sought for CHIRP Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour 2015

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Do you have a beautiful garden you would like to share with others? Gardens are now being sought for the 18th Annual Alpine Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour, set for May 1-3, 2015.

Gardening is the number one hobby in America, and those who tend them are among the most eager to share their ideas with those with a common interest. The Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour features gardens that offer inspiration in a variety of ways–attracting birds and butterflies, drought-tolerant plantings, food growing, and more.

Not sure you have what we are looking for?  Let’s chat about it!  Please call CHIRP at 445-8352 or EMAIL HERE

Hypertufa Trough Workshop at Alpine Garden & Gifts – October 11, 2014

Hypertufa troughs and pots encourage healthy plants! Succulents thrive in them!  Inspired by antique English feeding and watering troughs, hypertufa is created from an all natural blend of portland cement, vermiculite, perlite and peat moss.  Finished pots are lighter than concrete. Join us at Alpine Garden & Gifts • 2442 Alpine Blvd.• Alpine, CA 91901 – Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 10am. Space is limited – Pre-registration is required!  Presented by the Chirp Garden Club.  Call Maureen at (619) 445-8352 or EMAIL HERE

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Make Your Own Hypertufa Pot at the Vintage Market Festival – October 12, 2014

Hypertufa troughs and pots encourage healthy plants! Succulents thrive in them!  Inspired by antique English feeding and watering troughs, hypertufa is created from an all natural blend of portland cement, vermiculite, perlite and peat moss.  Finished pots are lighter than concrete. Join us at the Vintage Market Festival at Alpine Garden & Gifts • 2442 Alpine Blvd.• Alpine, CA 91901 – Sunday, October 12, 2014.  Workshops every hour (while supplies last) First session starts at 10 am. Presented by the Chirp Garden Club. For more info please call Maureen at (619) 445-8352 or EMAIL HERE

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CHIRP Garden Club Meeting: “Chile Peppers – Sweetest to Hottest” – October 1, 2014

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Please JOIN US for the upcoming meeting of CHIRP Garden Club on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:30 pm at ALPINE COMMUNITY CENTER

Program: “Chile Peppers – Sweetest to Hottest”
Presenter: Jim Duffy, Owner of Refining Fire Chiles

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Get all the scoop on chiles — from the sweetest to the hottest — and even the rarest!  Jim Duffy is a chile expert who grows 80-90 varieties of the best chiles available, many of which are only available through his online store.

 

 

 “It is amazing how a small pod can hold so much heat, not to mention that the nutritional profile of a chile surpasses many other fruits and vegetables. Each chile variety possesses its own heat level, as well as a unique flavor, and the beautiful colors of the chile can rival an exotic flower.”  Jim Duffy

The meeting is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.

For additional information please contact CHIRP at 619-445-8352 or click here to email.  www.chirp.org

 

2014 Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour: Sneak Peek of Garden #6

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Garden reflects favorite travel destinations

Story by Maureen Austin, CHIRP / Photos by Mendi Wyatt, CHIRP

 

Why not create a backyard garden, inspired by your favorite travel destinations? That’s exactly what Steve and Gayle Bailey did!

Sparked by their love of such places as Mexico, Palm Springs, Laughlin, Tucson and Borrego Springs, the Baileys designed the gardens around their Alpine home with reflections of those landscapes in mind.

Bailey_garden2Colorful succulents, towering euphorbias, and textured cactus now edge the winding concrete and flagstone paths that flow throughout the backyard.  A few patches of artificial turf and an abundance of artistically-arranged rock–at least 10 different sizes and varieties, including boulders, river rock, gravel and pebbles–add dimension and interest.

Gayle recalls how she and Steve began planning their new garden design using spray cans of marking paint, shortly after purchasing their home, 5 years ago.

“The existing garden was beautiful,” she said, “but it wasn’t ‘our kind’ of yard.”

In addition, all the plants and large lawn area on the 1.75-acre lot required substantial water, resulting in water bills of nearly $1,000, she said.

Having installed similar landscapes in their previous 5 homes, the Baileys knew just what they wanted and how to begin!

All lawn areas, roses and perennial flowers were removed to make way for the water-wise succulent and cactus palette. Palms and mature trees remained.

“We did it all by ourselves, until our backs went south!” Steve laughed.

They did it all, that is, except the rock, he said, crediting their gardener, Greg, for his talent of artistic rock placement.  Steve said Greg hand-placed all of the stones in the many rock clusters, dry creek beds and on the hillsides of the property.

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“He’s like a wizard with rocks!” Gayle agreed.

The Baileys love color in the garden. “The more color, the better!” Steve says. Much of their colorful garden art and accessories were purchased in their travels.

Bailey_garden5Gayle laughs at how she and her daughter-in-law purchased two large, colorful metal piñatas for $10 each in Cabo without considering how they would transport them home, only to learn the shipping company was going to charge them $300.  The determined gals ultimately managed, instead, to carry their piñatas onboard their flight home.

Color is also prominent in the plants in their garden, from the yellow ‘Kiwi’ Aeonium foliage to the bright red ‘Crown of Thorn’ blooms, and a variety of other fleshy-leaved succulents.

Gayle calls herself a “succulent freak.”  “I’m into trying to get every variety of succulent I can,” she said.  “I want to see how it blooms, how it grows and what it does.”

As she continues her quest of getting to know the succulents, visitors will enjoy getting to meet the Baileys and their garden’s reflection of their travels.

It is Garden #6 on the Tour.

 

 

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Tour Information:

  • Five fabulous Alpine gardens are showcased in this year’s tour, plus a place-of-worship garden and raptor rehabilitation facility.  Admission to all seven sites is $20.
  • Ticket includes a map for the self-guided tour, and is valid all three days of the event.  Visitors may stay as long as they desire in each garden.
  • Tickets may be purchased in person at Jennifer’s Feed or Alpine Garden & Gifts.  Cash or checks only at those locations.
  • To purchase online with credit card, please visit www.chirp.org.
  • Instructions to purchase by mail may also be found at www.chirp.org, or by phoning 619-445-8352.
  • The event is hosted by CHIRP for Garden Wildlife, Inc.

 

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