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Tour features stunning, water-wise gardens

Water collects in a pond, complete with waterlilies, in Linda Fuller's gorgeous backyard. See her garden and seven others during the Gardens of the HIlls Tour. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Roses and fountains and yard art … oh my. Guests on this year’s Gardens of the Hills tour will undoubtedly feel like they’ve traveled over the rainbow when they enter some of the county’s most beautiful yards. The annual event hosted by the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills on May 3 & 4 features eight […]

Comments Off / April 24, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

CSD fields get a water-wise makeover

The buzz around EDH is "Why's the field brown?" Crews are working to beautify the area and, more importantly, conserve water with drought tolerant turf and modern irrigation infrastructure. The fields are closed to the public until August. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Heads turned last week as the north and south fields at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Community Park turned completely brown, but they’ll be greener and more vibrant than ever after they undergo irrigation infrastructure and turf renovations. “Irrigation technologies have come a long way and it’s increasingly important for the EDHCSD to […]

Comments Off / March 31, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Be water wise

By Barbara Finley UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County  By now most of you know California is in a drought. We are all being asked to cut back on water usage. What does that mean for the gardener? Changes both in watering and in what we plant. A type of gardening known in some […]

Comments Off / January 30, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

TaxWise takes the fear out of taxes

With a staff of five, TaxWise handles more than 500 tax returns every year on top of providing top-notch accounting and bookkeeping services. Bob Wellman, MBA, said his business’ focus is to help people develop a solid financial plan. The experts at TaxWise offer CPA services (providing financial reports, setting up trusts, corporations and partnerships, […]

Comments Off / April 12, 2012 | Posted in Best of 2011 | Read More »

Crib Notes: Teenage jobs offer more than pay

During a recent swim team practice, my attention strayed from my child in the pool to the teenage workforce that kept the community pool operating. Some teens lifeguarded, perched high above throngs of young swimmers with focused eyes and authoritative voices. More teenagers were in the water dressed in matching white swim shirts as they […]

No Comment / August 09, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Garden Guru: Manzanita … man, it’s one neat plant!

I can only trust that avid readers of this monthly gardening column are not getting tired of my intentional focus upon drought tolerant plants. But once again I want to promote the consideration of a true Northern California botanical champion, namely the manzanita. Manzanita is a common name for many species of the genus Arctostaphylos. […]

No Comment / August 06, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Is your world too small?

Mother Teresa once said, “The problem with the world is that we draw our family circle too small.” I am not sure what Mother Teresa meant by her statement. Knowing her, I suspect she had compassion for everyone, especially those in need. All of us were potentially part of her family. At times, my compassion […]

No Comment / August 02, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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