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March 21, 2014

Tour showcases private gardens ENCINITAS — Celebrating its ninth year, the Encinitas Garden Festival and Tour is featuring a self guided walking tour of more than 20 private gardens in a quaint and eclectic neighborhood of Encinitas. The garden tour along with a free Gardener’s Marketplace will be open to the public April 26 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year’s walkable tour neighborhood showcases a mix of new and old gardens, each with styles and characteristics that are relatable to all levels of garden enthusiasts. Tour goers will explore mini orchards that include apple, avocado, citrus, stone fruit and pomegranate, in addition to examples of back yard chickens, creative uses of low water succulents, a stunning Zen retreat with outdoor fireplace, and a family pool transformed into a terraced, blooming oasis. The free Gardener’s Marketplace serves as the central hub of the festival. Marketplace vendors will offer unusual plants, vegetable seedlings, garden art, food, beverages and more. Exhibitors and guest speakers will provide information about gardening in San Diego, covering topics such as waterwise gardening, composting, fruit trees, and backyard chickens. All participants park off-site (at no charge). Double-decker buses shuttle tour goers between the parking lot and the Gardener’s Marketplace. From the marketplace, attendees set out on foot into the surrounding neighborhood for the self-guided walking tour. Garden tour tickets are now available for purchase on the Encinitas Garden Festival and Tour website and at local nurseries (see website for complete list). Advance tickets and reservations are $23 for adults ($30 on-site) and $7 for children ($10 on-site). Advance reservations are recommended as the event is expected to sell out. As a nonprofit organization, the Encinitas Garden Festival and Tour donates to the community by supporting gardening and horticultural projects including but not limited to the San Diego Botanic Garden, Community Resource Center, the Encinitas Library and their garden book section, horticultural scholarships at Mira Costa College, Healthy Day Partners, and garden projects at local schools through the Encinitas Garden Festival Fund at the Coastal Community Foundation. A special thank you to the event’s Bloom Level sponsor the Leichtag Foundation ( For complete event information visit or call (760) 753-8615.


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Sorrento Prestige Collection in Sorrento Mesa now selling REGION — A brand new collection of luxury, two-story homes has opened for sale above Sorrento Valley. The Sorrento Prestige Collection by Pardee Homes is a hillside enclave of just 20 energy-efficient homes located minutes from the coast and the dynamic business, research, technological and educational opportunities of Sorrento Valley, Mira Mesa, Torrey Pines and La Jolla. This intimate collection of spacious and stylish homes enjoys tranquil canyon views, spacious floor plans and a wealth of thoughtful appointments. The comfortable homes of Sorrento Prestige Collection create a picturesque neighborhood setting, richly flavored by indigenous architectural styles such as Spanish, Traditional, California Coastal Cottage and Napa Valley. Three, two-story floor plans are available, offering four to five bedrooms with a versatile guest bedroom/bath suite on the main floor. All homes have three baths and three-bay garages with square footage ranging from approximately 2,824 to 3,429 square feet. Pricing is from the low $900,000s. “This exciting collection offers the luxury of space, which means big rooms, high ceilings and open areas perfect for entertaining,” said Matt Sauls, regional director of marketing for Pardee Homes. “There’s also plenty of storage space for all your things, and space outside with a hillside setting ad-

The Sorrento Prestige Collection in Sorrento Mesa is now selling.

jacent to nearby canyons. “These homes represent the last, best new home community in the immediate area and are sure to meet the needs of buyers seeking luxury, energy-efficiency and a convenient, coastal location.” From the ultra gourmet kitchens to the expansive master bedroom suites, these homes are filled with impressive amenities and optional choices such as a fifth bedroom, loft, or master bath spa tub. Kitchens are a chef’s delight with convenient food preparation islands, granite slab countertops, cabinet recycling center, deep pot/pan drawers underneath the cooktop, convenient under-cabinet task lighting, a spacious food pantry and a GE Pro-

file™ appliance package including a built-in 30” oven, five-burner cooktop, microwave oven and GE Quiet Power™ dishwasher. A spacious master bedroom suite offers a quiet retreat with a luxurious bathroom, private dressing area and walk-in closets. These remarkable homes include designer-selected interior light fixtures, elegant architectural details such as soffits and custom-crafted stair-

cases and a cozy fireplace with mantle. Wired for today, Sorrento Prestige Collection homes include fully integrated multimedia wiring with high-speed Category 5 wire and coaxial cable configured for video, telephone, data and networking capabilities. Like all new home neighborhoods built by Pardee, Sorrento Prestige Collection includes the LivingSmart® program of energy-efficient features

and options designed to offer added value. These features provide homeowners with lower energy and water bills and greater indoor comfort. LivingSmart, With energy efficiency exceeds California’s Title 24 criteria. appliWater-thrifty ances, plumbing and the use of low VOC (volatile organic compound) materials are among the LivingSmart standards. Buyers can also add such options as photovoltaic systems for in-home solar power, whole house water filtration, and tankless water heaters. For more information or to view the virtual home tour, visit the neighboring Sorrento Heights sales office at 6780 Lopez Canyon Way. From I-805, exit at Mira Mesa Blvd. and go east to Camino Santa Fe. Turn left and then turn right on Calle Cristobal. You can also call (858) 433-7804 or (858) 342-8797 or go to Established in 1921, Pardee Homes is one of the largest building companies in California and noted for energy-efficient building practices, quality construction, customer satisfaction and dedication to the educational and civic goals of the communities in which it builds.

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Spring home garden guide 2014  

Spring home garden guide 2014