Albers Vista Gardens Foundation Seeks Board Members

The Executive Committee of Albers Vista Gardens Foundation is re-aligning and expanding the Board of Directors to guide the organization as it becomes a self-sustaining organization. To fulfill the near term goals, the Executive Committee is seeking those with expertise in public relations and marketing communications; fundraising , event management and membership relations; and influencing and collaborating with volunteers to accomplish the goals of a non-profit organization.

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Valerie Easton of Seattle Times toured our garden

Valerie Easton of Seattle Times

Valerie Easton, who writes the weekly garden column for the Seattle Times and is the author of numerous gardening books, recently interviewed John Albers and toured Vista Gardens. Valerie appreciated the thoughtfulness and artistry of the garden and looks forward to writing about the many sustainable landscape practices that have been thoroughly integrated into the development of the garden. The Valerie Easton’s interview will be part of a Seattle Times‘ section that will advertise the 2014 Pacific Northwest Garden Show. Once available, we will publish the whole interview on our website.

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Our book ordered by Kitsap Regional Library

Kitsap Regional LibraryLast week, Albers Vista Gardens received an email from Kelli Becker of the Acquisitions Department of the Kitsap Regional Library where she indicated that the library would like to order multiple copies of the book Gardening for Sustainability: Albers Vista Gardens of Kitsap for the Kitsap library system. Therefore, John Albers, President of the Albers Vista Gardens Foundation, immediately delivered the required books to the Acquisitions Department that just happens to be in East Bremerton a short distance, perhaps less than a mile, from Vista Gardens.

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The California redwood

California redwoodThe California Redwood is currently native to a narrow strip of land on the coast of California from Monterey to near the Oregon border. The tallest living California Redwood is also the tallest tree in the world at 379 feet. These trees can live as long as 1800 years or more. A few of these California Redwoods have been planted in Washington State on the Olympic Peninsula.

 One beautiful specimen of California Redwood, probably planted at the end of the 1800s and one of the largest trees on the Kitsap Peninsula, is on a piece of property adjacent to the Albers Vista Gardens and can be viewed from anywhere in the garden as well as in the entire neighborhood.

 The property has the potential of being developed raising the concern that this tree could be cut down because there is no legal protection against this to happen. To preserve this majestic specimen for centuries to come, we have approached the owner offering to buy the quarter of an acre where the tree stands.

 We are delighted to inform that our offer was accepted and as of April 9, 2013 what was previously referred to as the wonderful “borrowed scenery” is now an integral part of Albers Vista Gardens. More exciting news will follow concerning the design of this new garden room.

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