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Garden Umbrellas!

Garden Umbrellas!

We're going into the winter umbrella season ... ... but I can't help looking back (and forward) to the other season, the one in my Sacramento hometown, that's known as August!

Hills Construction Offers Preview of 9,300-sf Home as Part of “Design/Build Showcase” - 9/21!

Hills Construction Offers Preview of 9,300-sf Home as Part of “Design/Build Showcase” - 9/21!

Paul Hills Design & Hills Construction is proud to present a special “Design/Build Showcase” with guided tours of a newly completed 9,300-square-foot home in Granite Bay on Saturday, September 21.  The complimentary guided tours depart every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be led by builder Paul Hills inside the unique custom home, and by landscape expert Adam McCowen outside the home so guests can view the custom backyard layout and beautifully landscaped grounds. During the “sneak peek” guided tours (before the furnishings arrive and the homeowners move in), guests will be encouraged to ask questions to learn more about what they see, the techniques and materials used, and the design-build process.  The home is located at 9235 Royal Crest Drive in Granite Bay (just off East Roseville Parkway, near Barton Road).

How to Landscape Day June 22

How to Landscape Day June 22


It's that time again! The popular annual event presented by San Juan Water District and the City of Folsom is back and better than ever.

Attendees will be treated to the latest information in water efficient and environmentally friendly landscape design from some of the region’s top landscape experts. Speakers from local garden supply stores, nurseries and University of California Integrated Pest Management program will lend their expertise in water saving plants, pest control and organic growing. Cheryl Buckwater, an expert in eco-friendly landscape design, will share her tips for creating and maintaining a water smart garden at 12:30 p.m.

Outdoor irrigation accounts for almost half of residential water use, reaching as high as 70 percent in the summer. With this year’s reduced snowpack and Folsom Lake water level projections, we all need to cut back on water use.

Free miniature fairy garden workshop June 5

Free miniature fairy garden workshop June 5

Join us
WEDNESDAY evening, June 5th
Bushnell Gardens
6:30 pm — 8:00 pm
Spe­cial Guest: Arlena Schott and the Jere­mie Mag­i­cal Minia­ture Tour

Every­thing you need to cre­ate enchant­ing minia­ture gar­dens can be found here. Choose from hun­dreds minia­tures and a large col­lec­tion of con­tain­ers and ter­rar­i­ums.  We also have the land­scape mate­ri­als that fairies love!

Check out the MashUp Sprinkler Video

See Dinger, Slamson and lots of local residents doing the Sprinkler Dance! It’s the dance sensation that’s sweeping the region!

Taylor Morrison Now Offering Communities in Elk Grove and Newcastle

Taylor Morrison Now Offering Communities in Elk Grove and Newcastle

The greater Sacramento area’s real estate market continues to improve in 2013, according to a recent survey by DataQuick, home prices are up and inventory is near its lowest point in more than five years. Taylor Morrison plans to help provide home shoppers more choices by launching two new communities in Elk Grove and Newcastle.

Barcelos at Madeira is Taylor Morrison’s newest Elk Grove community. Barcelos offers an all-new collection of single and two-story home designs ranging in size from 2,426 to 3,600 square feet with three to five bedrooms and up to 3.5 baths. Each Barcelos home boasts a gourmet kitchen with center island overlooking the adjoining family room and may include a bonus room or loft. The homes also offer three-car garages, optional guest suites and even Casitas. Barcelos is expected to Grand Open in early June, but is currently selling from Taylor Morrison’s Mirabela sales office and currently offering special pre-model pricing from the high $300,000s.