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NEWS: Coffee in the Garden Party

You are invited to enjoy enjoy coffee in the garden of Christine Vargas at her home in Alpine on Saturday, June 16, from 9 AM to 3 PM.

The garden is a one-acre mix of fruit trees, ornamental trees, drought tolerant shrubs, salvias, sages, proteas, and, yes, LOTS of cacti and succulents! The home was built in 1997, so this is a well-established garden that is gradually becoming more water-wise. A new addition to the garden is a front yard that formerly was grass, but is now succulents and rock! Alpine tends to get extreme heat in summer and extreme cold in winter (as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit), so it has been a challenge to find just the right placement for succulents.

Propagated plants from the garden will be for sale.

An extra treat for the gathering will be a visit by Mr. Brent Weigand from Wildomar. He is an avid hybridizer of succulents and will be discussing some of his methods and techniques at 11 AM. He will also bring some of his fabulous plants to sell.

Refreshments will be served and you'll have a great opportunity to meet some new folks.

Contact Christine Vargas: 619-445-4489 or 619-249-3032 (cell)

1730 Huey Ln, Alpine, CA 91901

1. Take 8 east to Tavern Road exit.

2. Turn right on Tavern Road.

3. Go through two traffic lights and continue for one mile on Tavern Road.

4. You will see Joan MacQueen Middle School on your left and Alpine Lutheran Church on your right. Huey Lane will be your next right.

5. Turn right on Huey Lane and park in the dirt parking lot at the Alpine Historical Society (2116 Tavern Road) on your immediate left. Park close to the AHS building without blocking the family that lives in the very old red house. If you see my golf cart picking people up at the AHS and transporting them to my house, stick your thumb out!

6. Walk out of the parking lot on Huey Lane; you’ll see some white plastic field fencing on the right which lines a new little side street that has no street sign yet. Turn right there. There are two houses on the left side. Mine is the second one at the end of a cul-de-sac, and it says Casa Cristina on the left fence pillar.

Note: My driveway is difficult to turn around in. There is a hammerhead just before the entrance to my property, but it is to be used by the fire department in case of an emergency.

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