Tag: Gardening

Xeriscape Garden Tour Highlights Beautiful Landscapes and Water Conservation

  Big Bear, CA, March 4, 2014 – With Spring approaching, thoughts are turning to gardening and planting. 2013 was the driest year on record in California and aside from our recent storm, 2014 is shaping up to be another very dry year. Native and drought tolerant plants are definitely a wise choice for your garden. They may cost slightly more up front than other plants, but they’re heartier and require less water, and they’ll come back year after year. 2014 marks the 12th year for the annual Xeriscape Garden Tour, to be held on July 19th. Experts will be on hand at each of the homes on the tour to explain the ins and outs of creating a beautiful landscape and conserving water at the same time. To get some ideas on what to plant in your Xeriscape garden, go to: sierraclubbigbeargroup.org to download pictures of  gardens from past tours. For additional information on this year’s tour or to have your garden included in the tour, contact Christie Walker at...

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“Dirt is good for you!”

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 12, 2013 – The Big Bear Valley Community Gardens Project is hosting a series of educational workshops every Saturday from May 18 through September. The workshops are FREE and open to the public, held at the Community Gardens on Fox Farm Road behind CVS and across from Kmart. Participants should bring their own chair and something to drink.  The schedule is as follows: May 18, 10:00 a.m. Protecting Against Late Spring Frost—Mother’s Day may be behind us but that doesn’t me we are completely safe from a late season frost. Find out how to protect your newly planted veggies. Presented by Robbie Bos. May 18, 1:00 p.m. How to Build a Self-Watering Planter, Global Bucket—You can have fresh vegetables in the smallest of spaces. Learn how in this fun workshop. Supplies are not necessary but if you bring two 5-gallon buckets and 2ft of 1 inch PVC pipe we will help you with the tools needed to make the planter. Presented by Fran Wyman. May 25, 10:00 a.m. Preparing the Soil—Learn how to turn crummy dirt into rich soil with tips on how to compost. Presented by Marv Cira. June 1, 10:00 a.m.  Roots of My Obsession—Kick Off National Gardening Week with multiple speakers and demonstrations. Presented by A Garden Club. June 8, 10:00 a.m. Dirt is GOOD for You—Learn why working the soil is not only...

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Time to Plant Big Bear’s Community Garden

Big Bear, Ca April 1, 2011 5:00 pm – The ground-breaking for Big Bear’s Community Garden was last September.  Gardeners everywhere dream and plan during what seems to be a never-ending winter.  Big Bear gardeners are no different.  Now that spring seems to have finally arrived, they are excited and hopeful about planting in the China Gardens site for the first year.  The donations of dirt and soil are waiting and the volunteers are ready to go.  What is needed is wood for the frames to create the raised beds, a chain-link safety fence, and wire mesh to keep gophers and ground squirrels from digging into the growing fruits and vegetables.  What is needed is donations and money to make the dream a reality.  A local building supply company has offered the wood at cost, but the garden organizers must raise the money to cover the cost.  Your help is requested to get the Community Garden ready for planting.  Donations may be made through the Lighthouse Project and at the Taco Night fundraiser at Sonora Cantina on Monday, April 11 from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm.  The Community Garden offers 44 plots for organically growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers, as well as fruit trees, an education amphitheater, and a xeriscape demonstration garden.  Located behind CVS on Fox Farm Road, requests for plots continue to be accepted and added to...

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What Grows in a Big Bear Garden?

  Big Bear, Ca February 28, 2011 12:00 pm – What grows in a Big Bear garden?  According to the new book about Big Bear Elementary School’s Community Garden, some wonderful things.  The book was illustrated and designed by Big Bear High School student and artist Katie Adams.  She began creating the watercolors for the book when she was 13, finishing two years later.  Katie went on to learn the InDesign program, and completed the book’s layout last year.  With text by Beth Gardner, Jean Sweet, and Tim Wood, and photographs by Tim Wolcott, the book is published by the Lighthouse Project.  First run, limited edition copies are available at Big Bear Elementary School, the Gallery of the American Landscape, Big Bear Book & Bean, and online through the Lighthouse Project website.  Proceeds will benefit the creation of gardens at more schools in the Big Bear Valley.  What grows in a garden?  In Big Bear Elementary’s garden, they grew the love of community involvement, the joy of accomplishment, good food, and a beautiful book, a tribute to the children of Big Bear and their mentors....

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Community Garden Groundbreaking: Monday September 27th

Big Bear, Ca, September 23, 2010, 2:00pm – The Big Bear Valley Community Gardens Project will have their groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, September 27th, at 3 PM at the “China Gardens” site located on Fox Farm Rd. behind CVS Pharmacy. Interested community members are invited to join the Community Garden Committee, city officials, and county supervisor Neil Derry, as the first shovel is pushed into the soil.  To date, 24 people have signed up for one of the 34 available garden plots that will be constructed in spring 2011. In addition to the individual plots, there will also be a raised handicapped accessible plot, community fruit trees, and a common growing area for local food banks.  The winter months will be spent writing grants, gathering donations, and securing materials for the spring 2011 build. Donations and support have already been received from Supervisor Derry, Butcher Block, Park & Recreation, the Big Bear Group Sierra Club, A Garden Club and a number of individuals in Big Bear Valley.  For more information or to contact materials, contact Committee Chairman Robbie Bos at...

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