Six gardens to be highlighted on April 30 Bernardo Gardeners Club spring tour

When Invoice and Sandy Brehm purchased their residence in The Trails community of Rancho Bernardo 4 many years in the past, the garden was the attract for them.

“It is component of the motive we moved, we had to have this garden,” mentioned Bill Brehm.

But although they loved its many mature trees, the few also required to provide their very own landscaping choices to their new residence.

“The major things and trees have been in location … but we wished to tear out and replant,” Invoice Brehm mentioned of the perform they did above three years. “We put in a pair patios … extra to the trail through the lawn.”

“I like all the vegetation that have touches of shade,” Sandy Brehm mentioned, introducing her spouse favors succulents and cacti.

“If you search all-around there are surprises,” she claimed about the wildlife statues all over the back garden.
Right after finishing renovations that incorporated a butterfly back garden and including shut to 100 pots filled with a variety of varieties of vegetation, the Brehms are welcoming website visitors to see their get the job done as portion of the Bernardo Gardeners Club’s spring backyard garden tour.

The self-guided tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 Saturday, April 30. Tickets are $30 per man or woman.

“I’m seriously fired up about accomplishing this … we’ve been having a great deal of enjoyable placing it alongside one another,” explained Renee Garza, who organized the tour with Julia Erickson.

With the club not in a position to keep a tour for the earlier couple many years thanks to the pandemic, Garza mentioned they decided to element six gardens in its place of the usual 5.

“The owners of the homes are really happy we picked them,” Garza claimed.

Four of the gardens are in Rancho Bernardo and two are in Poway.

The RB gardens are:

• The Franchina garden in Bernardo Heights — Developed by operator Terri Franchina, the backyard garden has lots of “little humorous whimsies” tucked into the property’s front and back again locations. These consist of a little ceramic Sponge Bob, turtles, little teapots and parrots in trees that assist shade a gazebo. Amongst other functions are curving paths, mounds of colorful succulents and water-smart crops during the yard.

• The Dunn backyard garden in Bernardo Heights — Across the avenue from the Franchina backyard and also developed by Terri Franchina, the Dunn’s backyard haven is a backyard garden landscaped with little mounds and rocks to complement the property’s purely natural design and style. There is also a winding path from the entrance to the back of the house, main to numerous colourful succulents, drinking water-smart vegetation and a gazebo sitting down spot.

• The Brehm yard in The Trails — The far more than 1 acre assets has a minor little bit of all the things, from drought-resistant and h2o-intelligent plants to lush tropical plants and an orchard with a dozen fruit trees. Site visitors should really hold a lookout for statues of animals, like a bobcat, among the rocks. Other functions involve a putting environmentally friendly, butterfly backyard and pool place.

Visitors to the Brehm garden might do a doubletake when seeing statues of bobcats in natural settings.

Readers to the Brehm backyard could do a doubletake when observing statues of bobcats in organic options.

(Elizabeth Marie Himchak)

• The Shea back garden in Westwood — Visitors will enter what has been described as a “fairytale top secret garden” just after passing by way of the back garden gate on the ideal side of the house. It is filled with colorful plants, fountains, antiques, birdhouses and chook baths to make a whimsical environment. The home also has lifted vegetable and herb beds in the side backyard.

The Poway gardens are:

• The Mudd yard in The Grove — This indigenous plant backyard garden has been developing since 2004 when the property owner started out converting the 3-acre property into a nature reserve. Nearly two a long time afterwards, the backyard garden shows what can be designed with native plants in the region. It involves a selection of fruit and flowering trees all over the assets, in which a number of chickens can also be found. The patio region also has a unique and modern rainwater assortment program that guests are welcome to inquire about.

• The Snider backyard garden in Bridlewood — Readers will enter a regal environment in what has been explained as “The Versailles of North County” because of to its majestic style and design amongst a number of levels. Some of the options contain pergolas and columns draped in colorful wisteria and other plants to make readers feel like they are in a royal setting. There is also a pool and patio location overlooking a blooming hillside yard that showcases quite a few flowering trees and shrubs.

People on the tour can check with gardening queries of the owners and Master Gardeners. Just about every will also have vendors supplying distinctive handmade crafts, jewelry, backyard garden artwork, high-quality artwork, plants and plant arrangements. Complimentary refreshments will also be supplied.

The $30 tour tickets (which consist of yard addresses) are becoming marketed at Walter Andersen Nursery, 12755 Danielson Court in Poway El Plantio Nursery, 1322 San Pasqual Valley Highway in Escondido (via income or examine only) and on the net at

The gardens are not handicapped obtainable, flat footwear are needed, no animals permitted, no restroom use in the homes and no small children beneath age 12.

Proceeds will go towards supporting numerous Bernardo Gardeners Club projects, Garza said. These contain supplying flower arrangement actions at nearby retirement households, supporting vegetable gardens at a number of Poway Unified School District campuses and funding scholarships for horticulture learners at neighborhood faculties.

For tour concerns, phone 858-449-4240. Extra data is at

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