Torrey Pines Landscape Company

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Shop Talk interview with Harry Thompson

As promised in our last blog, here's  Harry's 'Shop Talk' interview with Thomas Shess in the October issue of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Torrey Pines Landscape Company's 'In the News' report

 As a 'co-owner/ wife of the owner' of Torrey Pines Landscape Company, I regularly send a copy of any article published about Harry Thompson and his company to his mother, who lives in the San Francisco area. She recently suggested, that due to our success, it may be time to start giving back to our community. I realized that I hadn't been sharing our philanthropic endeavors with her...there is a level of discomfort one feels in 'tooting one's own horn', as if it diminishes the 'giving'. So in her honor, I'm reporting on all aspects of Torrey Pines Landscape Company in the News.

This month, we were featured in various a source of info for a garden tip, as the subject of a biographical interview with Harry, and as a listed donor for a very worthy cause.

San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles E-Club with our article on Water-wise Fire Resistant Landscaping
Read about general fire-protection landscaping guidelines and a review of the 4 Zones of fire-protection.
" The closer one's home is to wild space, the wiser it would be to solicit help from a professional to create a fire-resistant landscape."

We also were thrilled to see a Q&A with our very own Harry Thompson in the October issue of SDHG  Although the printed article has been sent to his mother, the link to this article will be included in next weeks blog.

Friends of Balboa Park's Fall Newsletter recounted San Diego's response to the destruction of the Lily Pond in August.  An estimated 1500 people, from a midnight water-gun fight, damaged the iconic lily pond and its surrounding gardens in front of the Botanical Building causing thousands of dollars of damage."They broke a critical piece of piping that will keep the water flow in the lily pond," said City of San Diego Park and Recreation Director. "It is very likely that we may lose all the lilies in the pond today as well as the fish." Plants surrounding the pond were also damaged. "The public reaction was swift and intense. You reacted immediately as well, and Mayor Sanders designated Friends of Balboa Park as the recipient of your contributions. Sander's statement relayed that this incident “...showed an utter disregard for a community treasure, but our Parks Department, local non-profit organizations and individual donors, are showing what San Diego is really made of." The Friends of Balboa Park stated that they were "moved by the $1, $3 and $5 donations and very gratified by the largess of those in a position to do more, both in cash and in kind." Our company, Torrey Pines Landscape, is proud to be included in the listed donors for this beloved icons restoration. 

from the office of Torrey Pines Landscape Co. Inc

TPL Co. Inc suggest the Harvest Festival in Del Mar

Cotton Wood Country's spinning Garden Art

It's that time of year again, the Harvest Festival is here at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on October 19–21. This roaming event showcases more than 300 artists and craftspeople—dozens of them new to this years show— that will offer unique handmade works. This is the premiere art and craft show in the San Diego area, providing families the best of American handmade crafts, great food, and fun. Every year favorite exhibitors return again and again and I'm excited to see the new ones as well. Aside from exhibiting American handmade items including beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, original art, hand-turned wood, music, ceramics, there are always those craftsman and artists that specialize in Garden Art:

CottonWood Country has a collection of colorful "spinning" Metalwork perfect for your patio/garden. These also look great inside the house on a doorknob or as a wall decoration...lots of designs and color options. If your design/color choice isn't already made up they will be happy to put one together for you on the spot!!

DeCasas Ceramics which has hand made ceramic plant stakes and other charming garden accessories

Wethered Woods (artist-Steven Borgstrom) creates hanging wind-chimes and mobiles using driftwood and verdigris brass and/or copper. Insulated copper wire is used to hang all the chimes for strength.

The first day is TOMORROW so, click here to buy tickets to enjoy the "three fun-packed days of shopping, stage and strolling entertainment, and festival food all for the price of one ticket. Remember to get your hand stamped to return as many times as you want without paying again.There’s something for everyone in the family, including Kidzones with craft activities for the little ones in most venues – make a day of it, you won’t find a better bargain!"

Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Torrey Pines Landscape Company's report of 'Horticultural Happenings'

'Going Native' happenings

Fall Native Plant Sale by CA Native PlantSociety
October 13 from 11 am – 3 pm, Casa del Prado Theater Courtyard in Balboa Park
“Why Native Plants? Attract birds, butterflies, save water and preserve San Diego’s heritage”

October 17 at 2:00 pm - Presentation by Greg Rubin, author and college instructor, on The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner's Design Guide to Restoring its Beauty and Balance.  The San Diego Floral Association, the county's largest and oldest garden club, proudly hosts this lecture where Mr. Rubin will share design and care tips with members and the public. (PS- SDFA also has 2 classes entitled Mosaics in the Garden this month)

The Water Conservation Garden Happenings

Garden Tours and Classes
October 13 – succulent garden tour and a Tai Chi (Qi Gong) class
October 20 –attracting birds and butterflies garden tour and a raising urban chicken class
 “Learn how easy it is to raise and care for your own chickens! Farm fresh eggs in your own backyard and learn all you need to keep your flock happy and healthy.” Pre-registration and payment are required
They also have docent led ‘general’ tours every Saturday as well.
“The Water Conservation Garden has nearly five acres of displays that showcase water conservation through a series of beautiful themed gardens, such as a native plant garden and a vegetable garden, as well as how-to displays such as mulch and irrigation exhibits. Admission is free, and the Garden can be viewed on a self-guided tour, or through one of our programs.”

The San Diego Botanic Garden Happenings

Gardens for all-Seasons:Designing with Water-wise Plants and Bulbs
Saturday, October 13  from 2:00 – 3:30 pm

30th Annual Fall Plant Sale at the San Diego Botanic Garden
October 20 (members) and 21 (all )
from 10 am – 4 pm 
“Plant donations from over 100 local growers, wholesalers, retail nurseries, and individuals make this one of the most interesting and diverse plant sales of San Diego County. Plant selections include California natives, cacti, succulents, bromeliads, fruit trees, and sub-tropicals.  As an added bonus, if you spend over $100 you will receive 2 guest passes to the Garden! Visit our Botanic Attic for garden-related items. Also be sure to check out our huge selection of used books and homemade goodies such as specialty jellies.”

Succulent Turtle Class
Tuesday, October 30 from  9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale 2012
October 27, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
October 28, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Regular tours: Individuals wishing to join a Docent-led tour of the gardens may do so every Saturday at 10:30 am. These tours are free with admission to the Garden or membership, and do not require a reservation. Tours depart from the Visitor Center/Gift Shop.
On the last Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, San Diego Botanic Garden gives a special tour featuring water-wise plants in the gardens.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Torrey Pines Landscape Co. nods at Synchronicity

image of Monarch by Arcana Dea

We absolutely love synchronicity. Having just attended the 'Create a Butterfly Garden' seminar, isn't it awesome that the newest IMAX addition is 'The Flight of the Butterflies'!

"The iconic monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. It weighs less than a penny, yet it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, with pinpoint navigational accuracy, to a secluded place it has never been. In FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES, you’ll join the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey while following an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, an award-winning production team, a true scientific mystery, and hundreds of millions of real butterflies, FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES soars on the giant IMAX Dome screen.

The Making of the Film
The award-winning production team, including Oscar® winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the monarch butterflies, from Canada, through the United States, to remote 10,000-foot-high peaks in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico, and back, through generations.
In order to access these protected areas, the team worked closely with government officials and nature conservation groups to obtain permits and permissions to film in these sanctuaries. The team then had the challenge of transporting IMAX cameras and massive rigs up the mountainside. The team filmed in the butterfly sanctuaries in 2011 and 2012 and was able to capture the awe and wonder of them through extraordinary cinematography."

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Torrey Pines Landscape Company highly recommends Pat Pawlowski - The Butterfly Wrangler

taken at Zoro Garden

Having attended the 'How to Build and Maintain a Better Butterfly Garden' seminar by Pat Pawlowski of Animated Gardens this past week, I'm all fired up to attract Monarchs into my garden at home. The lecture, hosted by the San Diego Floral Association, was not only informative but truly enthralling. As she recounted her own history with her ongoing infatuation with butterflies, Pat's passion for nature and her commitment to sharing her knowledge shone through as she whipped out the basics with endearing humor and humility.  She walked us through the four stages of the butterfly life cycle (egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and adult butterfly) and told us that the secret to attracting butterflies is providing what is needed for each of those four stages. Each species of butterfly is associated with its own type of host plant. Because I'm interested in attracting Monarchs, I'd plant Milkweeds. The female Monarchs lay their eggs on the Milkweed family in particular because they have the nutrients that will sustain the Monarch caterpillar (which Pat has deemed 'the cutest'). The chrysalis stage only requires a sheltered spot while the transformation happens. The adult butterfly needs nectar, so a garden with a variety of flowers will keep the adults flitting around the yard. (Lantana, Butterfly Bush, Verbena, Pentas, Aster, Zinnia and Purple Cone Flower just to name a few) A water source, a rock to bask on and a pesticide free atmosphere (there was an entire hand out dedicated to 'Beneficial Buggy Buddies') are all necessary for success. She topped off the lecture with recommended books like The Butterfly Book by Donald and Lillian Stokes and Ernest Williams or California Butterflies by John S Garth and J W Tilden. She also gave handouts of additional resources like The Monarch Program , The Natural History Museum's Entomology and Botany Departments , she advocated for native plant education (CA Native Plant Society) and nurseries( Las Pilitas Nursery). I'd recommend buying her booklet:  We ended the seminar with a walk over to the Zoro Garden where there were many varieties of nectar plants and butterflies identified. I'd highly recommend this seminar to gardeners of all experience levels. Bravo Pat!

Pat's Book
 from the office of Torrey Pines Landscape Company