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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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2014 Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour: Sneak Peek of Garden #5

 

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Oh dear, deer in the garden?

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

Her passion for the outdoors was planted by her grandparents when she was merely a young girl…

Maryan_garden3Maryan Wiedenfeld went to live on a farm with her grandparents at age 7, where she picked berries and made pies with her grandmother, watched her grandfather slaughter chickens that were eaten for dinner, and learned to milk cows at 5 a.m. every morning.

The country life, and especially gardening, is what excites her. “I love the rural areas,” she said.  “My paradise is outside.”

The rural Alpine property she purchased 5 years ago consists of 6 acres.  The area closest to her home she gardens.  On the remaining several acres she has cleared paths for walking and hiking.

She estimates to have created at least a mile of trails up the chaparral-covered hillside, and traverses the paths regularly with friends and her grandchildren, watching wildlife and collecting small rocks and bones of various creatures.

What joy she experienced one morning, a few weeks ago, when she witnessed  two large male deer using one of her trails to come down off the hillside to within clear sight as she sat in her outdoor jacuzzi.

“I just sat there in awe of those gorgeous creatures!” she said.  “It was such a thrill!”  The bucks returned a few days later, giving her another surge of excitement as they locked eyes with her.

That thrill has since turned to apprehension as she is now seeing several piles of deer droppings in the orchard area, just above her home.  “That worries me a little, even though I haven’t seen where they’ve eaten anything yet,” she said, and laughingly added,  “Isn’t it funny how that turned around!”

Maryan_garden4While not necessarily thrilled to see deer in her orchard, Maryan has extended a warm invitation to local barn owls with the installation of an owl box that extends high above the assorted fruit trees. “I’m really hoping for an owl to move in,” she said, reflecting on how owls nested every year in a large ash tree in her former home in Dehesa Valley.  “We knew they were there because we saw their pellets.”

Maryan is a huge fan of trees.  Her first priority, upon moving from Dehesa to Alpine, was to plant trees and start working in the garden. “The house could wait,” she laughed.  “I love gardening and I just want to be outdoors.”

With 6 acres of native brush and chaparral to clear, she had plenty to keep her busy outdoors! Clearing small areas at a time, she began planting trees and her favorite perennials, along with fruits and vegetables.  Native manzanita and sumac shrubs were sculpted into individual specimen.

 

Whether meandering through the trees and gardens near the house, or exploring trails up the hillside, visitors will find much to discover in Garden #5 of the Sage & Songbirds 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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