THANKS TO THE ALTADENA HERITAGE SOCIETY, MICHELE AND MARK ZACK, AND HOSTS ANITA AND CHRIS DAVID FOR A LOVELY GARDEN PARTY ON SATURDAY TO CELEBRATE AND PRESENT THE 5TH ANNUAL GOLDEN POPPY AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING GARDENS.

Congratulations to the 2008 Golden Poppy Winners!
Steve Labrecque, 3346 Canyon Crest Rd. (former home of our favorite nursery family, the Nuccios, confirmed by Jim Nuccio this morning).
Melinda Goddard, 3678 Fair Oaks Avenue
William Peer and Gerald Cichlar, 1025 Alta Pine Dr (flowers, flowers, flowers)
Nicklas and Suzanne Hallberg, 2098 Crescent Drive
Phil Skonieczki, 1231 E. New York Drive (the sculpted waves of green created by the Japanese gardener of the home’s previous owner MANY years ago. “We’re just maintaining the beauty,” says Skonieczki.)
Daniel Bradford, 46 Manor Street
Mark and Chloe Gitleson, 2697 Vista Laguna Terrace
Eric and G.E. Bauer, 119 W. Mariposa
Look for the distinctive staked plaque in the winners’ gardens. And to those who are holding on to their old ones, the Altadena Heritage Society would love it if you would turn them in for the new winners.  Maybe if we could raise enough money for the AHS, each year’s winners could have one with the year they won and keep it forever. As it is, every winner receives an official certificate to keep.
Much discussion was made of water bills. Those with “water wise” gardens boasted as low as $30 a month. And let’s face it, water isn’t going to get cheaper or more plentiful. Have you gotten the latest letter from Lincoln Ave. Water? So it’s getting time to revert to gardens that reflect our “real” climate, not the one we wish it was. Or the one it has been, fed by diverted water from other areas that were much more green than they are now. We’re going to be making changes at our house. Love my cottage garden, but now it’s time to achieve that feeling in other ways. Decomposed granite anyone?
The David’s home is historic, having been designed by G. Lawrence Stimson in 1923. Stimson’s credits include many in Altadena with his most prominent accomplishment being the Wrigley Mansion, now, of course, home of the Tournament of Roses. They have been restoring the Mediterranean style home with Deco touches since buying it about 10 years ago. It’s a beautiful home in the remaking.
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