Tag: Gardening

8th Annual Xeriscape Garden Tour is Saturday, July 24th

Big Bear Valley, July 20, 2010, 12:07pm – The Sierra Club hosts the 8th annual Xeriscape Garden Tour this Saturday, July 24th featuring seven homes where the owners have created beautiful landscaped gardens that highlight drought-tolerant and native plants.  Unique to the tour this year, one home will be showcased where the homeowner has combined defensible space with xeriscape landscaping to create a garden that is both water and fire wise.  At this home, attendees can enter a drawing towards $1000 in gift certificates to our local nurseries; learn about creating defensible space and talk to fire prevention experts from the Big Bear City Fire Department.  The free, self-guided tour begins at Eminger’s Mountain Nursery at 41223 Big Bear Boulevard where participants can stop by anytime between 9am and noon to pick up a tour booklet.  The tour continues until 4pm.  One of the stops will take you to Hunter’s Nursery on Fox Farm Road where a native plant expert can provide detailed information on Big Bear native plants.  The City of Big Bear Lake, the DWP, BBARWA, Big Bear City Fire, Big Bear Marina, Big Bear City CSD, Hunter’s Nursery, Eminger’s Nursery, Master Composters, TSL Landscape and Maintenance, Nativescapes, Stalcup Landscaping and USAA sponsor the...

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69th Annual Flower Show Presented by the Woman’s Club of Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 15, 2010, 6:26pm – Although we have a short growing season in Big Bear, especially this year, annually the Woman’s Club of Big Bear Lake presents spectacular results.  The 69th Annual Flower Show begins Friday, July 16th through Saturday July 17th at the Performing Arts Center at 39707 Big Bear Blvd at the Civic Center in Big Bear Lake.  This year’s theme is “Birds and Blossoms”.  Entries must be submitted between 8 and 10am on Friday.  Flowers must be from your garden, your neighbor’s garden or the forest.  Judging will be from 10:15am to 12 noon.  This year’s special judges are Vicky Roney and Trudy Brown from the “A” Garden Club of Big Bear Valley.  The event is open to the public from 12 noon to 5pm on Friday and from 9am to 2pm on Saturday, July 17th.  Admission is free and refreshments will be...

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Plans Grow, and Permits Approved, for Big Bear Valley Community Gardens Project

Big Bear Lake, CA — A community garden will soon be sprouting in Big Bear Lake, given the efforts of the grassroots group the Big Bear Valley Community Gardens Project and the recent permits approval from the Planning Commission. As a June 16 decision from the Commission will allow for the development of a garden at 42050 Fox Farm Road, on the nearly half acre of County property between CVS and Medical Arts Pharmacy, garden committee member Robbie Bos tells KBHR, “We are thrilled with this opportunity to move forward. As we see it, this will be our first community garden, with more to come in different locations throughout the Big Bear Valley.” The garden will allow for individuals, or groups, to have their own plots to grow produce. As outlined by Bos, “We’re going to have over 36 dual garden plots, so everyone who participates will have two 4’x12’ plots with raised beds, which will be ADA compliant. We’ll also have a three-stage compost pile, and a staging area to be used for weekly talks by gardening experts. Probably the most important thing is that we plan to have a raised water tank in the center of the garden, which will then gravity feed into the garden plots. The garden will also include a cute, little residential fence around the perimeter and, in the future, we’ll have a...

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Affordable Apartment Complex Project Goes Before City Council; School Board and Planning Commission Also Meet This Week

Big Bear Lake, CA — The proposed affordable apartment complex, slated for a nearly three-acre site on Jeffries Road across the street from Big Bear Middle School, once again goes before the City of Big Bear Lake; this round, the developer, National Core, Inc., goes before the City Council for conditional use permit approval, during this evening’s 5:30pm Council meeting in Hofert Hall. Other items to be addressed during this evening’s (June 14) City Council meeting include budget adoption, vacancies on both the DWP Board and the Planning Commission, and a presentation on Forest Care. The Planning Commission for the City of Big Bear Lake also meets this week, on Wednesday at 1:15pm, and also in Hofert Hall in the Big Bear Lake Civic Center. The June 16 meeting will address permit approval for the Big Bear Valley Community Gardens Project, potentially designated for 42050 Fox Farm Road, and a discussion item regarding design standards for signage within the City. The school board for Bear Valley Unified School District also meets this week, with a special meeting planned for 12:15pm this afternoon (June 14), during which time tentative agreements with the two unions, BVEA and CSEA, are expected to be ratified. The Board of Commissioners for the Department of Water and Power will not be meeting for their regular, monthly meeting tomorrow (Tuesday), due to lack of a...

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No Outdoor Watering for DWP Customers This Weekend; Conservation Measures in Place for Summer Season

For water customers of the Department of Water and Power, there will be additional water use restrictions over the Memorial Day weekend, so you may want to plan to do your outdoor watering in the meantime. On Saturday and Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend, DWP customers serviced in Big Bear Lake, Sugarloaf, Fawnskin and Lake Williams are asked to refrain from watering, in order to allow for adequate water flow, should it be needed for fire suppression. As all DWP customers are under either Stage I or Stage II conservation measures, all outdoor watering is to be done on the odd/even schedule (as the date corresponds to your address), and either before 9am or after 6pm. That said, watering will need to be done today or Friday if your street address ends in an even number, on Thursday or Monday if even. The DWP will allow an exception; if planting new plants or shrubs over the holiday weekend, customers will be allowed to water them at that time. Any questions on this weekend’s outdoor watering restrictions can be directed to the DWP at...

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