Wednesday, October 22, 2014

North Willow Glen Holiday Tree Lane

For many years, in early December, the streets of Willow Glen begin to light up with the sparkle of miniature evergreens. We would like to invite you to join in this tradition. We have set up a way for you to order a tree for your yard.

If you are interested in having a tree in your yard, and do not already have one for this purpose, please read below for more details.
  • Orders need to be received by Monday, November 3, 2014. 
  • Rebar is available if requested. This is used for anchoring the tree in your yard.
  • We are expecting delivery of the trees to the neighborhood Saturday, Dec. 6 or Sunday, Dec. 7.
  • You will have to set up the tree on your own.
  • You are responsible for putting on your own lights. A very old tradition is to use the large colored lights and to put one white light at the top of the tree.
  • We will email and post on the e-list when trees will be available for pickup. We are anticipating the pick-up day to be Sunday, Dec. 7.
* * * This year, again, we are also offering 22” Noble fir and Cedar wreaths decorated with pinecones. The wreaths will be $16 each. * * *

Fliers are being delivered to your door, but you can also download the order form and deliver it with a check made payable to: Pam Shukait or send via PayPal to (Trees will be from Enchanted Forest Christmas Trees.)

Call Pam with any questions: 408-297-4388.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Water-wise Wednesday Triple Tip

There are three very relevant water-wise meetings happening in San Jose this week.

Drought Tolerant Landscaping
Tonight, 6:30-8:00 pm
San Jose Public Library, West Valley Branch, 1243 San Tomas Aquino Road, San Jose

This year’s drought has left us all a little more conscientious about the amount of water we use.  Now that fall is upon us, it is the perfect time to re-think your landscaping to reduce the amount of water you use.  Join Master Gardener Lisa Strand as she talks through steps you can take now to make your landscape more drought-friendly.  She’ll cover which California natives and other low-water plants grow well in our area, and teach you how to get them successfully established. She’ll also discuss how to convert your lawn into a beautiful water and wildlife-friendly garden.  

Waterwise Gardening: California Native Plants for Year Round Color!
Saturday, October 15, 10:30-11:30 am
Bascom Branch Library, 1000 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose

Join Master Gardener Rebecca Schoenenberger as she teaches you how to save water, time and money without sacrificing beauty in your garden. Learn which California native plants will provide year-round color and thrive in your garden. Plant list will be distributed to all participants. We will also cover 'how-to' do the project. She will share her experience designing, installing and maintaining many California native plant gardens. Her gardens have been featured in the Going Native Garden Tour--an event not to be missed.

California Native Plant Society Native Plant Sale
Saturday October 15, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hidden Villa Ranch, Los Altos

Be sure to bring boxes and a wagon to this event. You'll need them to cart your haul back to your car. Arrive early for the best selection.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Water-wise Wednesday Tip

This tip comes courtesy of Santa Clara Master Gardeners monthly tips and events.
Adjust Irrigation with Weather ChangesYour landscaping will need less water as the weather cools, even in the absence of rain. It's a good idea to re-program your irrigation system monthly. If that sounds like too much work, you might want to consider a "smart controller". After programming in basic information such as zip code, plant and soil types, it uses data from historic weather patterns, current weather sent from local stations, and/or temperature and moisture sensors to adjust the watering times. This can save effort and oh-so-valuable water.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Beautification Day is Tomorrow

Let's pitch in to keep North Willow Glen looking great.

NWGNA Beautification Day
Sunday, October 5th, 9 am -12 pm
Meet at the corner of Delmas and Fuller

We'll be there with gloves on.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Mayoral Candidates Forum Tonight

If you are still on the fence about your choice for mayor, consider attending tonight's Mayoral Candidates Forum at Starlite Banquet Hall. Hear from Councilman Liccardo and Supervisor Cortese themselves about the issues facing our city. The event will be moderated by the League of Women Voters, though you will have a chance to submit questions that matter most to you. Hope to see you there.

San Jose Mayoral Candidates Forum
Starlite Banquet Hall
680 Minnesota Ave.
Tonight 6:30 pm