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The Mission Hills Garden Club

At five years old the Mission Hills Garden Club is leaving its mark in our community. The club began as an offshoot of a garden walk coordinated by a group of people associated with the Mission Hills Business Association and now has a membership of 150 members.

The Garden Walk has grown each year in popularity and proceeds. We have donated close to $50,000.00 to more than a dozen projects. Our projects this past year include: re-landscaping the tennis courts at Pioneer Park; a contribution of $20,000.00 to landscape the four corners of the Washington and Goldfinch intersection re-design project; monies for purchase of garden books through Friends of Mission Hills Library with matching funds from San Diego Public Library; monies to the Gecko Garden maintained by the students of Grant Elementary School; funding an internship at Cuyamaca College Horticultural Pendleton House.

School; and landscaping at the Derby

The Mission Hills Garden Walk titled Cobble Walls and Canyon Rims takes place on May 8th from 10am to 4pm. Celebrate Mother's Day while walking through some magnificent gardens in Mission Hills. This is a rain or shine event and requires a fair amount of walking. Grab your friend, your sunscreen or umbrella, a good pair of walking shoes and a bottle of water. The walk starts at Mission Hills Nursery. You don't have to begin right at 10am; wait a while for the crowd to take off then begin.

Tickets are $15.00 in advance, $20 on the day of event and are available now at Mission Hills Nursery, 1525 Fort Stockton Drive and Moose Creek Nursery, 2442 Alpine Blvd in Alpine.

Old House Fair 2004 SOHO Returns the Reins to South

Park Business Community

The 6th annual Old House Fair will be held by the Community Business Association of South Park on Saturday, June 12th from 10am to 7pm, at 30th and Beech Streets in Historic South Park. SOHO has turned this popular

event back to the

community. SOHO’s role in keeping the event going for the last two years while the community readied itself to reclaim it, is now over.

The Community Business Association of South Park promises that this Old House Fair will be the best ever, with a new focus on children’s events. It will also feature period music, a food court and so much more! SOHO will continue as a sponsor, and will have its popular "Ask the Experts" booth. SOHO’s Museum Shop will be there for you to browse the latest in resource books.

The Historic Home Tour continues this year, and craftspeople and antique dealers will be there, to help you with your old house needs.

For all inquiries please call Community Business Association of South Park (619) 233-6679. Do not contact SOHO please, since we will not be taking reservations or have information to send out.

APRIL 200 4

A Search for San Diego Courtyards

Doug Keister, photographer of over twenty books, a number of which feature homes in San Diego, is doing a book on Courtyards. The introduction will have

an array of images Bungalow courts, Courthouses, Cloisters, etc.

The main body of the book will feature residential courtyards and courtyard-like gardens. So what is he looking for? Basically, enclosed urban outdoor spaces that offer privacy and intimacy. Most will have some sort of water feature like a fountain, pond or even a birdbath. Most will not have a lawn. ALL will be enclosed on three or four sides. Even if the courtyard has been an addition to the house, it can qualify as long as it meets the criterion. What Doug wants to do is to show people what they can create and incorporate into their existing dwelling.

If you think your courtyard might be a candidate contact him at or call (530) 892-1025, or write to:

Douglas Keister Photography 633 Orange Street Suite 5, Chico CA 95928 including

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