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Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California • Page 21

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Editor: JoAnn Kolonick, 429-2436 Garden calendar C2 Comics C4 Classified C6 ioih tan OME ARDEN fin SANT RUZ STYLE A garden in your nn LTU r-T-7 t. SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE FESTIVAL'S MUSIC IN THE GARDENS TOUR Spring was slow to arrive this year. Many of us haven't yet spent time grooming our gardens. Many of us, truth be told, never will. For those late bloomers out there who need a creative nudge when it comes to dealing with the yard, inspiration is right around the corner.

There is nothing like a tour of someone else's lovely spring plantings to start your own green thumb a-twitching. For those who never will get around to planting their petunias, spending a day enjoying the fruit of someone else's labor is also a memorable way to experience spring. Grab your best straw hat and spend a Sunday afternoon strolling through five different gardens scattered around the Santa Cruz area. Enjoy live music while sampling food and drink provided by some of our local businesses. WHAT: Music in the Gardens Tour i WHEN: Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

COST: $25 DETAILS: 831-457-9693 vie Bill LovejoySentlnel photos Mary Jessen cuts some newly minted soap in her Bonny Doon workshop. Bonny Doon Farm creates a fragrant paradise in the Santa Cruz Mountains Looking around it becomes evident that this is exactly what they have done. The Meehans aren't fond of travel. They prefer to stick close to home. Knowing Boulder Creek would be where they would spend most of their time, the couple took great care in planning their home's design.

Rough hewn logs form many of the walls in the uare-foot house. A fireplace warms the living room, antlers grace the walls. Stained glass windows are tucked away in corners, and a chummery a room for hanging out with See FARM on PAGE C2 Garage sales cash in on desire for simplicity By LAURA DEMPSEY COX NEWS SERVICE DAYTON, Ohio Sheila Moore scanned the card tables set up in her garage, straining under the load of flotsam and jetsam of her Beavercreek family's life. There were dishes and books, T-shirts and shoes, knicknacks galore. Each item was tagged and it was all for sale even some of the tables as Moore prepared for her first garage sale after 17 years in the same house.

The tide of conspicuous consumption seems to have started turning about a decade ago, victim of a movement toward scaling down the quest for material possessions. Gary Meehan at his Folly Temple at Bonny Doon Farm. BELOW: A pond offers a shady spot on the grounds of Bonny Doon Farm. I lkl Jrik TT EM By CLAUDIA STERNBACH SENTINEL STAFF WRITER "The problem," said Gary Meehan, "was the soil. It was sandy.

Not welcoming to most plants. "Sheep had grazed for so many years on this land that the soil was nearly ruined," said Meehan. But lavender, his mother-in-law told Gary and his wife Diane, would grow. It turned out she was giving the young couple excellent advice. The Santa Cruz Mountains climate is perfectly suited for cultivating plants such as Angustifolia, Provencal and Munstead, all premiere English Lavender species, as well as Lavendula Freda, named for Diane's mother.

"She had always been an avid gardener," says Gary, "she knew what she was talking about." For 30 years, Gary and Diane Meehan have been tending their gardens up at Bonny Doon Farm, turning out some of the most deliciously fragrant soaps and lotions imaginable, made from the results of their efforts. A visit to the farm is like stepping out of the real world and finding yourself in a fairy tale. Driving down the narrow lane, surrounded by redwoods and oaks, it's as if magic is all around. Coming upon the beautiful Arts and Crafts style lodge, made entirely from Bonny Doon redwood, you begin to believe in fairies and leprechauns. Gary and Diane started construction on their home in 1972.

Situated in the middle of a 5-acre parcel, it overlooks rows and rows of lavender. "Use what you have been given to its fullest. Make the most of what you've got," is a philosophy the Meehans live by. "I know where every one of these things came from, and I'm embarrassed to say that when I bought them, I really thought I could use them," she said, shaking her head. She picked up a small, purple, cut-glass basket, smiling.

"We got this on vacation I think it was in Michigan somewhere. My daughter thought it was the cutest thing, and it sat on a bookshelf for years, really just collecting dust," she said. "It's time to find it a better home. Maybe somebody See GARAGE on PAGE C2 CVS 5. Far West Nursery Garden Center Geranium Incanum Fernleaf Pride of Madeira Santa Barbara Daisy Erigeron karvimkianus This is an easy-care perennial that grows in 10" high 2' wide mounds is covered in small pinkish white daisies year-round.

Great for borders, rock gardens along walkways. Full sun, low water. X6, 25 off This South African native has found its second home. Here it serves as an excellent low maintenance ground cover with green, ferny leaves prolific, quarter-sized purple blooms through summer. 4' wide.

Full sun, low water. Reg. 6.49 25off Bumper Crop This Nurseryman's product is an organic soil builder with chicken manure, bat guano, worm castings, rice hulls, kelp, oyster shell dolomite and now with beneficial soil microbes! 2 Cu.ft. Bags Reg. 6.99 15off Lavender JQwendula pinnata (multifida) This lavender has lacy, grey foliage that grows to 2' high Long stems of dark bluish-purple flowers rise above the foliage spring fall.

Plant in full sun low to average water. RegG.a6A9 25 Off Echium fatuosum A striking oceanside shrub that reaches 5'-6'tall wide and topped with long, purple cone-like flowers in spring. Must have full sun, adequate drainage low water, Great for slopes. Reg. 6.99 25off bI A- Fi)N Ri).

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