On Saturday morning, August 16, we'll be returning to Frany Alvarez's ten-acre garden to admire all the fish ponds, streams and waterfalls she's created there. On our previous visit, 21 club members learned the techniques she used to build the first six ponds and short streams and waterfalls. Now we'll see the new 120-foot-long stream and the new ten-foot-tall waterfall, as well as additional new water features and other projects.
Living alone with apparently inexhaustible energy, Frany does all this work herself. She'll give us full details about her unique pond-building techniques, inspiring many gardeners to ponder about becoming ponders themselves. After her water garden class, we'll all get a guided tour around the extensive grounds to admire the many other features of this lovely and whimsical garden.
We'll see a new flower bed planted with lots of roses, day lilies, hostas and sage; a new landscape featuring a small waterfall in front of the house; various tropical and fruit trees planted along the 120-foot stream, an orchard on the east side of the house with many other fruit trees; and additional roses planted along a wall. She's planting nothing in her vegetable garden this year, letting the soil there rest as it does every seven years.
An accomplished carpenter, Frany also created a new fence on the eastern side of the property (primarily to give plants there some needed shade), additional picket fences on the western side and in front of her yard, improvements to the gazebo she had built in the back, and a combination car port and shelter for her horses. She soon will tear out her deck to rebuild it on multiple levels, half of which will be roofed over.
To see 54 captioned photos of the garden as it was on the club's first visit there last autumn, click this green link to Frany's garden. And to see all the new features she's created since then, sign up to attend this event by scrolling up to the RSVP link near the top right corner of the screen. Visitors are always welcome at these free events, so you can invite interested friends to come along. If you do, please include the number when you submit your RSVP.
As usual, members will bring their excess plants for the free plant-exchange table, and take home other plants for their own gardens. And generous members will contribute their favorite snacks and drinks to share with others. Come along to meet some of the new members who recently joined the club. We've grown now to have 325 families as registered members. Wow.