Roger’s Gardens is Hauntingly Beautiful

If you haven’t decorated for Halloween yet there’s still time to get some Hauntingly Beautiful inspiration at Roger’s Gardens in Corona Del Mar.

wpid-2014-10-20_10.33.42.jpgLet me start by saying if you love gardens, you MUST visit Roger’s gardens. This place is unlike any garden center I’ve ever visited, it’s absolutely beautiful. The grounds are pristine, even the patio furniture area looks as if they serve sunday brunch there (it’s actually a shame they don’t). When you walk into the garden, there’s a train village that has been created around a tree. My girls loved it. Everything is lovely.

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Now back to the original subject, the Halloween Boutique holds surprises in each turn and corner. It made me want to come home and spook up everything in my house. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so here it goes.

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There are so many great and inspiring ideas, some make you think “I can do that”‘ but then when you really start looking around you notice that are some exquisite one of kind items. This boutique features work of some amazing artists like:  Eric Cortina, Scott Smith, Joyce Stahl, William Bezek, Tina Haller, Bethany Lowe, Vergie Lightfoot and Nicol Sayer. I took some pictures but my phone simply doesn’t capture how beautiful these pieces are. These are some of the pictures from Roger’s Gardens blog.

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A beautiful hand stitched witch by  Joyce Stahl.

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This ghoulish creature is by Scott Smith. 

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I loved these terrorfied candlesticks by William Bezek

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These antique looking paper mache dolls were my favorite by Nicole Sayer. 

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My little one enjoyed this guy, she said it was “Creepy” by Bethany Lowe

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A porcelain jeweled skull by Eric Cortina

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I sooo want one of these handpainted one of kind Pumpkins in my home by Vergie Lightfoot

Every room features something so completely different than the last. The setting is hauntingly beautiful, don’t miss it!

Halloween Boutique Date/Time

  • Open daily thru October 28, 2014
  • 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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Images from roger’sgarden.com/blog

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My Edible Garden with Steve Hampson at Rogers Garden

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If you’ve never visited Roger’s Garden’s, maybe this will tempt you. This Sunday, October 12, 2014, well-known horticulturist, Steve Hampson, will discuss everything edible, including vegetables, herbs, fruits, berries, grapes and more. October is the time to start planting cool-season vegetables.

The emphasis this month will be on planting these crops, growing plants from seed versus starting from transplants, and planting potatoes. Bring your questions, as audience participation is encouraged.

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Location/Date / Time

How does your garden grow?

Master_GardenerJoin Masters Gardeners of Orange County for “Grow it now: Cool Season Vegetables”  to get all your questions answered.

This is a FREE informative presentation that will cover everything from gourmet selections to stir fry gardens ready to harvest in the fall, winter and spring.

  • September 16, 2014 at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Katie Wheeler Library – 13109 Old Myford Rd., Irvine, CA 92602 (714)669-8753

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You Say Potato I Say Potahto

 

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Either way you prefer to say it didn’t seem to matter to the kids at the garden yesterday.

Our class harvested the potatoes they planted in January. They absolutely loved it! It is so exciting to see kids excited about gardening.

They learned the entire process by doing. Our kids now know how to plant and grow potatoes but the most obvious reward for them was digging those beauties out of the ground.

No one cared about getting dirty or that their classmate just tossed dirt on them, they just keep digging. Every time one of them would find a potato we would hear the joyous sounds of a child  yelling “I found one”!

Everyone went home with potatoes. My daughters were both so anxious to prepare and eat their potatoes for dinner. I originally choose to volunteer in the garden not only because I love to garden but also because this the one spot at school that I could bring my little one along with me. They both had a great time digging into the earth to gather potatoes. I was thinking of finding another way of volunteering at school next year but all of this enthusiasm might have just sealed the deal for  my commitment in the garden for next year.

 

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Nature as the Teacher

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I volunteer at our school garden and today was our scheduled garden day. Due to the extreme heat we are experiencing I had to cancel it. Even though I’ll put it back on the calender next week, I did this with a bit of regret. I know how much the children love it. It is the most gorgeous garden. For me, this is another way of reaching out and helping,  but also a way to get to know other parents. Another way of refining myself.

The entire school, class by class spends time in the garden each month. Each class has a team of parents that help the children who learn by planting, maintaining the garden and composting (they love composting). One of the most interesting things to me is that even the children who do not like to eat fruits or vegetables love going to the garden.  They love harvesting time and celebrate by having salad. Each Tuesday, we can buy some of the harvested fruits and vegetables along with baked goods, lemon pops and green juice, all made with things grown in the garden.

I’m kind of bragging about our school garden because it is truly a labor of love and definitely something to brag about.  This is a description of the garden in the Orange County Register “150 parents involved in the TMA organic Garden and Nature Center, which broke ground in 2008 and is the most extensive school garden in Orange County”.  I think it’s a great place for the children to learn. Next week I’ll write about our time in the garden. Until then, here’s the article that appeared in the Orange County Register.

 Nature as Teacher.