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Adjusting to Empty Nesting   A dramatic shift occurred in my life this year as I joined the ranks of baby boomer empty nesters; Ali attending DU and Meredith already living on her own attending CSU. I went through the anticipatory anxiety last fall and since then have gradually been adjusting to only seeing my daughters on a sporadic basis.


t has been hard because being a mom is what I do best and not having kids around has left me with that special yearning to mother. Perhaps you have noticed that my pets have found their way into my photos. Dyna, the beautiful white cat whose different colored eyes capture stares from everyone. Roo, the frisky black Peek-A-Pom who travels with me everywhere. And, Daisy, my seven year old Lhasa Apso who loves to travel on the dash of my SUV and in this issue's photo. It is so interesting but not surprising that my pets have enjoyed some of that mothering! I am developing a very special connection with my pets that was never there before. They are family!     I am so proud of my oldest daughter, Meredith, who graduated from CSU on the 11th. She is passionate about continuing her studies in some area of healthcare; wherever she lands, she will be a definite asset.  It has been so much fun watching her develop, mature and succeed. I love our more adult relationship; these days sometimes the tables turn and she is the one giving me advice and sharing her take on things. I remember a quote I learned from a psychology class I took years ago went something like, "We haven't matured until we move from the passive voice to the active voice - that is, until we stop saying 'It got lost,' and say 'I lost it.'" Meredith is starting to show that kind of responsibility and, as a parent, that is so rewarding!      After our seemingly endless winter, I am so ready for color to surround me in my garden. I have already planted my containers and most of my beds in anticipation of graduation celebrations. Each year I make the rounds and visit our fabulous  nurseries to pick up something new for my garden. The nurseries are now in full bloom and ready with ideas and suggestions for enhancing your home and garden. This issue will spur you to get your hands in the dirt and beautify your surroundings. Enjoy! Happy Planting!

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or over 40 years, Bath Garden Center and Nursery, a family owned and operated business, has remained a favored establishment for gardening, nursery, and landscaping needs. In continuing as a leader in the horticultural field, Bath has now embraced organics as the highest in garden center standards. We strongly believe a shift to organic and sustainable horticulture will become of paramount importance in the twenty-first century. As most are aware, organic and green trends have witnessed compound growth in recent years. In regard to food items, consumers generally find organic products to be more nutritious and better tasting with less negative impact on the environment. Consumers are increasingly wary of produce that may contain numerous pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides, and understandably so. We believe the same will soon be true with horticulture products, as currently the industry is largely supported with many of the same dangerous chemicals. At Bath Garden Center and Nursery, we intend to first reduce and then eliminate these chemicals from our operations, and have positioned the company as a forward resource to anyone interested in converting to organics. So why would anyone choose an organic approach in a home landscape environment? There are


many reasons, but foremost, the problem with widely available agrochemicals is that they are deadly poisons that are often used unnecessarily. When it comes to agrochemical use, statistics show that homeowners are overwhelmingly trigger-happy. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a staggering 100 million pounds of active ingredient from herbicides, insecticides, miticides, and fungicides were applied in homes and gardens in the United States in 2001. EPA studies show that these toxic agents are tracked indoors, ingested through the skin and mucus membranes, leach into ground water, rivers and streams, sicken children, pets and wildlife, and generally run environmentally amok. At the turn of the century, these chemicals appeared to perform miracles, however, reliance on the quick fix has unleashed many unintended consequences. The chemicals have wrought empty harvests, dead and depleted soils, contaminated waterways, and sickness in man and animal. Bath’s organic approach seeks to educate consumers who can begin to repair damage and limit any future chemical use. The first obstacle to overcoming such a paradigm shift is fear. Fear argues that without poisons, plants won’t appear as vivacious, or will succumb to insects, or that weeds will prevail, or that organic costs will be prohibitive. In order to facilitate the shift in philosophy, Bath’s first priority was to educate our management and staff, employing Jeff Frank and his School for Environmental Horticulture, the Nature Lyceum, based in West Hampton, New York. We have also embarked on a customer educational campaign because a growing knowledge base is necessary for organic success. Bath is also implementing a vermi (worm) composting system to drastically reduce landfill bound waste, as well as utilizing wind power to support renewable energy sources. We are providing classes on organic lawn care, landscape installation, and maintenance, compost and compost teas, use of beneficial insects, and numerous other topics. We now carry the largest selection of Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) fertilizers and pest control products that are safe for children, pets, and wildlife. In short, industrial agrochemicals severely hamper or eliminate the microscopic activity in the soil, including bacteria, nematodes, protozoa, and fungi —known as the soil-food web. Modern science has just begun to unravel the intelligent design of an infinite myriad of ecosystems within soil. Agrochemicals kill the unwanted pests, but also kill the microscopic life within the soil, causing plants to continually rely on the application of additional chemicals due to compromised immunity following the collapse of the soil-food web. The symbiotic relationship between plants, roots, and the microbial underworld beneath and between is the key to vibrant, healthy, chemical free landscapes. Organic gardening is a method of connecting with and improving the health of plants and soil, which in turn, is bound to improve the health of humans and our planet. We must feed the soil organically, and Bath Garden Center and Nursery stands on the forefront of this fast developing revolution in yard consciousness. Spencer Bath is a writer for Bath Garden Center and Nursery.

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Each evening, Gunter Preuss, owner of Genesis Innovations, leaves civilization behind and heads to his home high above Carter Lake near Pinewood Reservoir. At the end of his scenic drive, Gunter reaches the large wooden gate- the entrance to the 367 acre Saddlenotch Ranch. There, in the valley below Gunter and his wife Gloria built Hilliard Photographics,

their dream house. They always wanted to return to life in the mountains. During the first years of their marriage the couple lived on 22 acres above Drake. But as their kids grew, they moved into Loveland to be closer to schools and sporting event venues. “Once our (youngest) son was driving we started looking at mountain property again,” explains Gloria. Saddlenotch Ranch did not fit that bill.


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Or so they thought. “This property seemed a bit remote, it didn’t have electricity and we felt we couldn’t afford it,” recalls Gloria. But the Realtor insisted that the Preusses take a peek. “We told him ‘you can show it to us, but...’ Once we got to the gate and looked down, Gunter said ‘If there’s water down there, we’ll take it.”’ Over the next nine years, Gunter and Gloria set about transforming the crude 900 square foot cabin into their dream home. First came electricity. Next came new kitchen cabinets and flooring. Then they ran into a few roadblocks. “We had done four different designs to remodel the old cabin, but nothing seemed right,” explains Gloria. “Then Gunter went on a fishing trip to Canada and saw the work of Pioneer Log Homes of British Columbia.” Plans for remodeling the cabin were scrapped. “We had no intention of building a house this big when we started,” says Gloria. “It just got out of control – the house had a mind of it’s own.” And thus began their odyssey to build what would become their 10,000 square foot log house that seems as at home on the mountainside as the boulders, trees and wildlife. It is a look that was intentional. The foundation is covered with moss rocks gathered from the property. The same rock was used on each of the fireplaces. Massive western red cedar logs harvested in British Columbia comprise the skeleton of the upper floors of the ski-lodge-like building. Slate tiles reclaimed from atop old western Pennsylvania barns, roof the structure and complete the illusion that it grew up from the mountainside. But this house is like no other. The Preusses have integrated artistic and whimsical elements to make it truly their own. A carved moose head by artist Dale Traut graces the end of the log ridgepole of the roof over the main living area on the second floor. Traut also carved the front door which is flanked by log ‘trees,’ their enormous gnarly root balls still attached, that soar more than 50 feet skyward to the fourth floor tower room, the pinnacle of the house. An intricately carved eagles nest balances on one of the timbers protruding from the roof above the tower room. The piece by artist Paul Stark features a majestic papa, wings extended in midflight, about to land and join mama and her eaglets in the nest. Huge windows, constructed of 8 foot by 13 ½ foot panels, frame the mountain view. From their perch in the tower room, destined to someday be Gunter’s office, the Preusses can quietly watch their wild neighbors meander about the property. The inside of the house, which features four levels, is no less striking. “We like to call it ‘mountain elegance,”’ says Gunter. He explains that his home reflects much of the work that Genesis Innovation does in Colorado. “The majority of the work we do is in Aspen, Vail, Telluride, and Steam-

Massive red cedar trees frame an imposing front door carved by Colorado artist Dale Traut.

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boat Springs, although we have a showroom in Denver and also do some local high-end projects here in Northern Colorado.” “I’d call it rustic elegance because of the detail involved. The level of finish in this house is very high end,” says Jason Tanner, of Tanner Custom Carpentry, who along with his father, Scott, did all of the custom finish work inside including installing all the doors and windows and all of the framing in the structure. “It includes a lot of custom modifications in dealing with the logs. Somehow Gunter incorporates a real fine, elegant finish with a rustic feel. When you’re standing here you feel small and the house feels majestic to you. It’s a mansion with an earthy feel. It’s like the thing came out of the mountain.” Just inside the front door, an enormous spiral staircase winds up a log pole to the tower room above. An elevator sits to the left of the entry. To the right, is the bar, designed to be reminiscent of an old German tavern, and the family room. A small powder room and a fully stocked wine cellar replete with tasting area are located adjacent to the bar area. Back beyond the bar, the ground floor also features a home theater, a master guest suite and bath, and a bunkroom with two built-in bed areas designed to sleep four delighted young guests. Adjacent to the family room is the exercise area, which can be hidden by a huge movable wall. Gloria’s office is located behind the exercise room. The main level includes a living room/dining room, another guest room, a master suite with

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master bath, a large walk-in closet, and adjacent laundry room and a large kitchen complete with two dishwashers, a hidden double refrigerator, hammered mixed metal range hood, granite counter tops fashioned by Rock Solid Granite, and custom cabinetry by Gunter’s company Genesis Innovations. The third level, located off the spiral staircase, houses a mother-in-law suite with a great room/living area, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. Gunter’s company, Genesis Innovations, built all of the exquisite interior cabinets, doors, window trim, beams and custom furniture including the alder kitchen cabinets and the huge dining room table that will seat the entire Preuss clan. Gunter and Gloria attended to every minute detail - even down to the knobs on the kitchen cabinets. “They’re painted Polish stoneware,” explains Gloria. “They were made in a town in Poland - it used

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to be part of pre-war Germany - where Gunter’s mother grew up.” Gunter also integrated many unique details into the logs themselves, including inset nooks and crannies in the carved archways. Like the roof shingles, he also incorporated salvaged materials whenever possible. “We use a lot of reclaimed materials at the shop,” he explains. “Everything downstairs is reclaimed hickory from Ohio and Pennsylvania barns.” It is evident that Gunter’s attitude is “waste not, want not.” He made use of every scrap- turning left-over barn wood into a tasting table in the wine cellar, transforming a wine barrel into a vanity cabinet in the powder room downstairs, and incorporating part of a discarded red cedar root ball into the pedestal of the bathroom sink on the main level. But Gunter’s craftsmanship isn’t the only artistry evident in the Preuss home. In addition to the art of Traut and Stark, Gunter and Gloria have incorporated the work of many other western artists in their interior design. All of the chandeliers, lamps and other light fixtures are custom stained glass pieces crafted by Utah artist Peter Fillerup who also created the custom bronze work for the fireplace screens. Artist, Lori Salisbury, painted the amazing mural. Walls throughout the home were faux painted by the Faux Design Center of Denver. Luxurious granite countertops and some custom stone work was from Rock Solid Marble & Granite. The unseen details in the engineering of the home are just as remarkable. “Each step on the spiral staircase is suspended from the 53 foot center log that is six feet in diameter at it’s base. Each tread is anchored in place by a two inch steel pipe drilled into the log,” describes Tanner. “It’s an extremely unique design. You don’t see it anywhere. That same steel, in a fan pattern, supports the suspended bridge that goes to the mother-in-law apartment. It’s like having a floor floating in the middle of that tower.” “Building a house like this - with this much attention to detail - means you have to understand the concept of how log systems work,” explains Tanner. “You have to take into account up to six inches of shrinkage over three years every place there’s a log wall. For example, you can’t install windows the traditional way. Plumbing has to be able to move. You have to do all these unique type remedies to accommodate the system. Each subcontractor had to modify their technique to compensate for four to six inches of fall.” Other obstacles had to be overcome. Plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets and recessed lighting had to be planned well in advance so that pathways for the pipes or wire could be carved through the solid logs. But when it was all said and done, all of the headaches, sweat, and long months of construction were finally worth it. Gunter and Gloria are finally at home on the mountain. And that’s where they plan to stay. Lynn M. Dean is a freelance writer living in Timnath.

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Impatiens garden on north side of house. Hard to grow wisteria thriving on left, tenderly cared for Japanese maple in background.

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ucked away in the Ridgewood Hills subdivision in southeast Fort Collins lies a spiritual oasis. Passers-by can’t help but notice the abundance of colorful plants- a mixture of annuals and perennials- each playing off the vibrant purple front door intended to ground the space and give an insightful glimpse into the hearts of the homeowners within. “If you start looking at doors, you’ll see that they do reflect the personality of the people inside,” explains homeowner Colleen Templer, who along with her husband Jerry, created this outdoor sanctuary. “The purple door is symbolic of peace and royalty. Your door is welcoming other people. I never had a doubt about the color of my door. I knew it would be purple. The color is warm and inviting.” When Colleen and Jerry moved to the then new subdivision ten years ago, they were drawn by the younger trees that are usually associated with a newer development. “When you live in a neighborhood where the trees are big, you can’t see the sky,” explains Colleen. “The sky is a source of entertainment for us– the sun, the moon, clouds, rainbows.” They also put a lot of thought into selecting their lot. Their choice has


paid off in more ways than one. “We like living next to a green belt,” shares Colleen. “We have spaciousness and we don’t feel crowded.” Because it was a new subdivision, Colleen and Jerry could really plan every aspect of the yard. It was a fresh canvas. And there was an added benefit to the lot they chose. Something Colleen and Jerry weren’t even aware of at the time. Their next-door-neighbor had a degree in horticulture and was instrumental in helping them orchestrate their new landscape. Through his help, they and another neighbor were able to integrate continuity from one yard to the next. “The three yards flowed together,” says Colleen “It was easy because we all got here at the same time. Of course there have been a lot of modifications over the years.” The Templers planned their garden carefully and included a wide variety of perennials and annuals to provide a lush experience. “I like something blooming all the time - every season of the year,” shares Colleen. And she plans the colors of the flowers in the garden to play off the purple of the front door. There is always something purple in bloom; lilacs in the spring, iris and lavender in the summer. Summer also welcomes purple lupins, wild ge-

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raniums and asters. Colleen fills in the gaps with annuals like purple and white striped petunias. In addition to incorporating every hue of purple, Colleen likes to include contrasting colors, especially yellow and red. “I look for color and contrast when choosing plants,” she says. “I consider how things look together.” She’s incorporated yellow and white dahlias, cardinal lobelias, moss rose, rose zinnias, and a variety of other perennials and annuals, leaving no area unadorned. And just as her choice of purple was designed to reflect her spiritual self, for Colleen the act of gardening is a spiritual endeavor. “It helps me solve problems,” she says. “I find myself being thankful. I really do. There’s something about digging in the dirt that is very therapeutic. It all goes back to my relationship with my grandmother

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who was very influential in my life. I was right alongside her as a little girl planting seeds as she talked about Jesus. My faith is the most important thing in my life. Life stems from gardening. Planting seeds, growing things. It gives me a lot of hope and makes everything tie together. The sun goes up and the sun goes down. In the spring things grow and in the fall they die.” Gardening also brought Colleen’s family together. “It links generations,” she says. “My children will remember me because of my love of flowers.” And then there are her memories. “My son and my husband would prepare the soil in the spring,” she remembers. “Jerry and Tom always got the garden ready for planting.” Now empty nesters, Colleen and Jerry are left to grapple with the garden on their own. “If you love what you’re doing it isn’t work,” says Col-

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leen. “It’s a form of relaxation.” That said the passage of time has required some concessions. “I can’t do as much as I used to,” she laments. “My garden and my flowers are so much a part of me. They’re an extension of me,” explains Colleen. “If I didn’t have a garden I’d have a void in my life. It’s an expression of who I am. I think so much more so with me than with my husband. He enjoys the fruits of the labor. He would miss it, but he wouldn’t feel the loss that I would. I’ll be growing something until the end.” So Colleen and Jerry continue to garden together. Sometimes in new, easier ways. “That’s why I include a lot of pots in my gardens,” she explains. “I design pots for color and height. When I look at a pot, I think about how I want to see it when it matures.” Pots and plants fill every corner of the Templer

Driveway side garden features a miniature peach tree in background, and a rock garden in foreground with perennials.

Vegetable garden including: rhubarb, tomatoes, an apple tree, and many perennial grasses for privacy.

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Petunia baskets. yard. Baskets of geraniums hang from the fence. Hostas fill the spaces under the stairs that lead from the wisteria covered deck to the yard below. A collection of birdhouses dot a gathering of impatiens. A vegetable garden sits off to the side promising tasty treasures to come, and a sitting area near the small, koi filled pond is dotted with an abundance of greenery sprinkled with assorted blooms. Humans aren’t the only guests the garden welcomes. Every now and then Colleen will catch a glimpse of a rabbit in the undergrowth. “Have you noticed how domesticated they are?” she asks. “You can always tell the seasons of the year by when the hummingbirds come down,” she continues. “The red attracts them. We also have little birds that visit year round. And great big yellow monarchs stay in our yard all summer long.” An assortment of trees frame the tranquil re-


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Perennial bed includes a juniper tree, red lobelia & mixed annuals.

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Live at MacKenzie Place and you’ll be dancin’ the jitterbug. This place is so much fun you’ll never be bored. So swing on by our informaSunshine yellow perennials. treat and welcome feathered guests with open branches. “The trees make great homes for the birds,” says Colleen. “We’ve had wonderful doves this year. They keep having all these babies. I love the quaking of the aspen leaves. And we both like Blue Spruce. The European ashes get these beautiful red berries in the fall.” Every growing season the Templers add something new. “Our yard changes every year,” says Colleen. “We have a lot of people stop by and say how much they enjoy our yard.” So this year, if you’re passing by and are drawn in by the lure of Colleen’s purple door, pause and ponder this spiritual oasis. And if you happen to see Colleen puttering around in her yard, say hi. She will be happy to show you her garden oasis.

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Plant Now

for Fall Color

by Julie Estlick

The snow and ice have finally melted and you’re eager to do some spring planting. Visions of daffodils and tulips dance in your head, but let’s think more long term. Now is the perfect time to plant shrubs and trees that offer deep, rich color in the fall as well visual interest in the spring and summer months. We asked four area nurseries for recommendations on trees and shrubs with striking fall hues that can handle the unique soil and weather conditions in Northern Colorado. Here are their top picks. Fall color images courtesy of Dr. Jim Klett, CSU Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department.


Sandy Schlicht, Landscape Designer at Alpine Gardens, & June Jerger, Sales Specialist at Fossil Creek Nursery, with a spring blooming Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry.


The Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is an ornamental tree with lots of pizzazz. Alpine Gardens Landscape Designer Sandy Schlicht loves this tree because it is multi-trunk, providing year-round interest in the yard. White flowers bloom in the spring, turning into small berries in the summer that attract birds. The real show, though, is in September and October when the leaves turn a brilliant orange or red. “This tree has an interesting structure with several trunks coming from the base,” says Schlicht. “It has a lot going on. The fall color is gorgeous, plus it flowers in the spring and the berries stick around until they fall off in the winter.” The Serviceberry grows well in both the clay soils of Fort Collins and the really sandy soil conditions in Greeley, says Schlicht. She recommends incorporating compost into the soil where you’re planting, which allows for more water and oxygen to sink in and helps retain moisture depending on the type of soil. “We are living in a high desert,” says Schlicht. “The real challenge is determining your soil type. If you pick it up and it feels like sugar, it’s sandy. Here in Fort Collins you can usually ball it up like clay. If you’re unclear about your soil type or want more information, you can take a soil sample to the Colorado State University Soil Testing Laboratory.” The Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry grows to 20-25 feet tall and about 15 feet wide. Fossil Creek Nursery sells them from a 1-gallon bucket for around $17 up to an 8-10 foot clump for $340.

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THUNDERCHILD CRABAPPLE TREE Many people don’t think of crabapple trees as a fall plant since they bloom so early in the spring, says Michelle Motherway of Harmony Gardens, Inc. Indeed, the Thunderchild Crabapple Tree is one of the first bloomers of the year, with a deep pink flower that bursts into dark red fruit in the fall. The small apples and fire engine red leaves set this tree ablaze with color as the weather cools. “It’s our most popular crabapple tree,” says Motherway, Harmony Gardens’ front office manager. “The color is simply spectacular in the fall. The apples are a persistent fruit so they stay on the tree until they are picked off by a bird, giving it winter appeal.” It is a hardy tree and resistant to fire blight, a disease that attacks apple and pear trees, and can survive to 40-below zero. Motherway’s parents have a Thunderchild in the front yard of their Wyoming home and it’s also quite popular in Montana. The Thunderchild Crabapple Tree grows between 15 to 20 feet tall. Harmony Gardens sells them from 10 to 12 feet tall in the $200 to $300 price range.

Todd Seufer, Owner of Harmony Gardens, stands with a budding Thunderchild Crabapple tree.


NANNYBERRY If you’re looking for a versatile plant with a variety of hues, you want the Nannyberry. Grown as a large shrub or small tree, it leafs out in spring with bright green foliage and unique umbrellashaped clusters of creamy white or ivory blooms. In fall, the leaves range from an orangy red to a very dark red, almost purple color. The blossoms become red berries that turn black when ripe in the fall. “The Nannyberry has so many attractive colors and changes going on in all seasons,” says Gary Eastman, owner of Fort Collins Nursery. “The berries make it a great bird plant. It’s been around a long time, but it doesn’t get the attention and use it deserves.” A highly adaptable tree, the Nannyberry does best in the shade of an older tree but can do well in a location that gets full sun, Eastman says. It’s quite tolerant of the soil in Northern Colorado and is easy to take home and plant. Nannyberrys typically get 15 to 20 feet tall and 12 to 15 feet wide if you let them grow out. Eastman believes they look best as a multi-stem small tree which requires some trimming back. Fort Collins Nursery sells them from 2 feet tall up to 10 feet tall and charges between $30 and $160 depending on size.

Fall color Nannyberry bush features bird attracting berries and many brilliant hues. Gary Eastman, Owner of Ft. Collins Nursery, chooses a 15 foot Nannyberry tree.


WINGED BURNING BUSH This shrub lacks flowers and only holds its color for a couple of weeks, but the Winged Burning Bush or Firebush is synonymous with fall. Its dark green leaves of spring and summer explode into a bright crimson that engulfs the entire bush. “It may not be long-lived, but that intense red gives it as much color as any plant in the fall,” says Kevin Laman, co-owner of Bath Garden Center and Nursery. “I also really like the unusual winged corky bark – it flanges out like a square twig and makes it different from other shrubs.” The Firebush is an excellent medium-to-low water use plant that thrives in the soil around Fort Collins. It is available in dwarf and standard sizes. The dwarf variety grows to 4 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide while the standard size can get 8-10 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide. The dwarf bush is very popular in this area since it lends itself to growing in tighter, smaller conditions, says Laman. “The dwarf Firebush is more proportionate to tiny gardens and smaller subdivisions,” he says. “It doesn’t require much pruning and looks good on its own or in groupings. If you look around town, you’ll see it in a lot of residential and commercial landscapes.” Bath Garden Center and Nursery sells them in 2-gallon pots for around $27 up to the larger ball and burlap size for $80.

Kevin Laman, Vice President of Bath Garden Center and Nursery, shows a budding Winged Burning Bush.

Julie Estlick is a freelance writer and copyeditor living in Fort Collins.


Dressing Up Outdoor Living Open your patio doors to a panorama of outdoor room concepts that extend your living and entertaining options a step beyond. Choose from sleek new designs and a plethora of colors and fabrics, all available locally, and all carefully chosen to withstand Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everchanging climate. Outdoor living has never been so luxurious!

Lloyd Flanders deep seating wicker furniture is designed for beauty and practicality. Outpost Sunsport, Fort Collins


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Surround these firepits with comfy seating and eat your meal right on the stone top. The propane fueled flames will guarantee that only the memory of the flames will linger (not the smoke smell in your hair). Patio Dining Leather Lifestyles, Fort Collins

Winston casual outdoor furniture merges contemporary manufacturing technologies, weather-resistant materials and eclectic designs for enduring furniture that is built to last. Outpost Sunsport, Fort Collins

Elegant custom outdoor dining table is executed in stones of various colors, hand cut to create contrast and beauty. The edges have been beveled for a smooth finish, perfect for enjoying a glass of wine and viewing a Rocky Mountain evening sunset. Created by Alex Gupton

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Andrea Becvar & Nichole Carpenter of Rug Décor.

Rug Décor Offering Style & Selection

by Julie Estlick

Walk into Jan Jorgensen’s home and the one of the first things you notice is a beautiful floral rug in sage green and cream, with a touch of russet and gold. The Rug Décor area rug is in Jorgensen’s parlor, or entry room, and helps create a cozy, old world feel.



he Southern Low Country home design Jorgensen chose for her new Fort Collins house is more popular in Savannah, Georgia than the Front Range. So she sought the help of experts at Rug Décor, owned by the Becvar family and the sister company of Avalanche Floor Coverings in Fort Collins. “Rug Décor offers a lot of variety and great styles, but their tenacity really won me over,” says Jorgensen. “I was asking for things you can’t find in the Rocky Mountain region. The whole team looked for a while for me and were very patient.” Eventually, they found the perfect parlor rug. “It really brings the room together and makes it comfy. And the quality is excellent.” Jorgensen was so pleased she purchased three more rugs from Rug Décor to add color and texture to her home. She also used Avalanche Floor Coverings to install all the tiled floors, granite and carpeting in the house. “I couldn’t recommend Rug Décor or Avalanche Floor Coverings more highly,” she says. “They spent hours and hours getting everything just right. Their customer service is excellent - the sales staff truly goes to the Nth degree to be as helpful as possible and they don’t try to sell you something you don’t want.” Rug Décor is a national company with independently-owned franchises around the country. Michael and Joleen Becvar, daughters Andrea Becvar and Katrina Ehni and son-in-law Chad Ehni all jointly own Rug Décor and Avalanche, making it truly a family affair. Andrea Becvar oversees the daily operations for both companies, while Chad Ehni is an estimator for Avalanche. Katrina Ehni is currently at home with a new baby. The recent movement toward putting hard surfaces in the home, particularly wood floors, tile and stone, created an increased demand for area rugs, says Becvar. Avalanche’s location off Highway 287 in South Fort Collins was not wellsuited for retail, so the Becvar clan opened their own Rug Décor franchise at the Loveland outlet mall in 2003. They moved the store to Fort Collins earlier this year and have a second location in the Flatiron Crossing Mall. “Rugs are more of a cash-and-carry item and we felt we needed a retail location to offer more selection,” says Becvar. “It’s such a big market now with everyone switching over to hardwood floors and needing rugs to put down. Our main goal was to carry a whole lot more rugs than we were carrying at Avalanche. We definitely have the best selection in Northern Colorado.” Indeed, Rug Décor has around 500 rugs in stock from 10 to 15 different manufacturers, according to manager Nichole Carpenter. They carry Oriental Weavers, Nourison, Kathy Ireland and Karastan brands, among others, and import lots of rugs from the Middle East, India and China. “We always try to bring in new and exciting rugs in multiple sizes, styles and colors,” says Carpenter. “Area rugs bring color and design into a room on a much grander scale than just using accent pillows.” Carpenter holds a degree in interior design and all of the sales staff at Rug Décor are experienced in design techniques. If a customer brings

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in a pillow, paint swatch or sample of wood to match, they can usually find the rug they want. “We have a very knowledgeable staff and we only carry one product so we know it inside out,” says Carpenter. “We’re very servicefocused and it’s hard to get good service these days.” Traffic has picked up “significantly” with the February opening of the Fort Collins store across from Kohls on Lemay and Harmony. “Avalanche Floor Coverings has been here for 23 years, we know the market well and we like being in Fort Collins,” says Becvar. “We wanted to service the Fort Collins customer and it made sense to support the city.” In addition to variety and customer service, pricing is key to Rug Décor’s success. The company focuses on mid-range products rather than trying to compete with the big box stores. However, Rug Décor does offer some handmade rugs in its collection. A standard 5-by-8 foot rug costs between $200 and $2,000 at Rug Décor, with a wide range of qualities to satisfy all tastes. “We concentrate on being the best place to shop for the person out there looking for a nice area rug and a good way to decorate their home,” says Becvar. Jan Jorgensen can testify to that.

Julie Estlick is a freelance writer and copyeditor living in Fort Collins.

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Tom Throgmorton, of Throgmorton Plant Management

Paradise Contained by Tom Throgmorton

Container gardening is gardening in small spaces. Flowers in containers liven up a deck or porch. Potted herbs and troughs of salad greens are handy to have in the kitchen or right out of the door. Containers are garden accents. 40

he first step is to pick the container. The choices are abundant. Pick glazed pottery to match the deck furniture. Use terra cotta for a natural look. Stain wooden troughs or barrels to match the deck. Composite plastic pots are molded into all styles of pottery. These plastics are attractive, durable and very light weight. Match the container to the plants. Robust plants need a large container. The container has to be in balance to the size of the plant. A large pot is necessary to hold the volume of roots of a large plant. Salad greens and some small herbs grow great in shallow containers. Don’t overlook troughs and trays for these plants with small flowers and foliage. Second is the soil. Any potting soil will do. But don’t use garden soil or plain old top soil. It is too heavy. In a container, garden soil can turn into something similar to concrete. Potting soils have large particles to keep a lot of air space in the soil. Potting soil doesn’t `set-up’ in containers. There are quite a few packaged soils to choose from. Some dry out quicker than others, some are heavier than others. Match the soil to the plants you are using. Try a couple types until you find the one that fits your watering technique. Be aware of the ingredients in your potting soil. Some have additives like slow release fertilizer. Plants can be damaged by adding more fertilizer to a soil with fertilizer already in it. Go organic if you are growing herbs or veggies. Organic potting soils are made up of compost, vermiculite and sphagnum peat moss. They have additives like kelp meal, bone meal and yucca extracts. Organic potting soils feed plant roots gently and naturally. Use polymers to stretch your water use. Polymers are crystals that turn into a water holding gel. They keep the soil moisture more consistent. They conserve water by letting you water less. Some potting soils already have polymers mixed in. You will need to add the polymers to other soils. Next is the fun part, the plants. Color, texture, shape and size are the palette of the container garden. Contrasting colors create a dramatic planting. Complementary colors blend and flow. Go big. A single, large Fountain Grass makes a statement by itself. A container can be filled with a dwarf sunflower. Use other large specimen plants alone in containers. They’re eye catchers on the porch or patio. A rule of thumbs is not to use anything taller than twice the height of the container. The bigger the container the bigger plants you can use. In pots eighteen inches or more in diameter small shrubs or trees can be planted. These plants will need protection to get them through the winter. Traditional spikes offer an upright sharp texture. If you don’t want to be traditional, use other upright growing plants. Some of the ornamental grasses fill this bill. Look for other tall annuals like Rose Mallow or Nicotiana. Large leafed plants add tropical texture. A mix of tiny leaves or flowers are contrasts to large leaved plants. Trailing vines counterbalance vertical parts of the container planting. Hanging baskets of flowers and vines are part of the container culture. Baskets can be as simple as a vine plant trailing out of the container. Or use a basket with planting holes all around it for a huge blast of color. Hanging baskets take some time to fill in. Plant them early. Put them out on warm days and bring them in when it’s cold. By early summer they will be eye catching. Use window-box planters on the deck railing. They add color and privacy to an outdoor eating area. Some years these planters can be all the same. Other seasons they can each be different. That is one of the joys of container gardens. They are easy to change with the season. Container gardens are mobile. Group a bunch of containers together for an evening on the patio. The next day the group can be scattered throughout the garden. Containers are the first flowers of spring. When there is a hint of frost in the air, bring them inside. Scatter large container gardens around the patio. Smaller containers fit on the front porch. Consider slotting shade loving plants into the dark corner beds containers fit into the shady corner bed that is so hard to grow stuff in. Containers add a whole other dimension to gardening. Supplies for your container garden can be obtained at Jordan’s Floral Gardens, Bath Nursery & Garden Center, Fort Collins Nursery, Fossil Creek Nursery, and other fine garden centers.

Plants for Containers Upright Focal Points Dracena Purple Fountain Grass Blue Fescue Switch Grass Love Grass Snapdragon Show Stopper Color Salvia Calibrichoa Osteospermum Monopsis `Wave Mixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Petunia

Trailing Plants Verbena Vinca Vine Sweet Potato Vine Purple Heart Vine Blue Stars Laurentia Trailing Brachyome

Robust Plants Dwarf Sunflowers Coneflower Tuberous Begonias Nicotiana Sylvestris

Herbs Lavender Rosemary Basil â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all sizes and colors Variegated Sage Oregano Parsley Thyme

Tom Throgmorton is the gardening commentator for KUNC-FM. He operates Throgmorton Plant Management, a horticulture consulting, installation and maintenance company. His partner, Debra, has taught him a lot about container gardening over the years. You can contact Tom at

Planters courtesy of Fort Collins Nursery.




magine sitting on your favorite stream-side rock in the middle of Rocky Mountain National Park. You hiked an extra hour to escape the crowds. No one is around but the birds and the bugs. Surrounded by blooming wildflowers, a bubbling creek, and wildlife, serenity is yours. Now image that this oasis is a 30 second walk from your back door. A xeriscape like this is the goal that the landscape designers at Lindgren Landscape & Irrigation, Inc. are trying to achieve. “There is a lot of misperception about what Xeriscaping truly is,” says Georgia Perry, Landscape Designer/ Estimator for Lindgren. “We try to design so that the finished product looks like it was scooped right out of nature.” With careful planning and design, Xeriscapes can save water while still creating a lush and colorful landscape. When planning a Xeriscape think about creating practical turf areas of manageable sizes, and use appropriate grasses. Select low water plants and group plants of similar water needs together. When you are ready, Lindgren Landscape & Irrigation, Inc. offers complete design and installation solutions for your needs. We found these to be a few of their outstanding landscape installations.

Plants include: yellow yarrow, purple catmint, red valerian, and maiden grass.

Tim & Ami Lindgren, Owners of Lindgren Landscape & Irrigation Inc.


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Xeriscape is NOT: • A yard full of rock with a yucca plant. • Low water or native plants only. o You can plant higher water need plants in your xeriscape but plan ahead and group them together in a zone so only that zone gets the extra water. • Is grass allowed? o Yes, just make it smaller, manageable spaces. • No water features. o Wrong - The evapotransperation rate of a water feature is actually lower than that of bluegrass. • Rock mulch only. o You can and should use wood mulch and not just rock. Rock absorbs and radiates heat, which in turn causes plants to transpire more. When plants transpire more, they then require additional water to keep them alive.

Flowers include: red maltese cross, yellow coreopsis, pink penstemon.


I’ve found that it’s essential to listen carefully to people to determine their wants, needs and financial situation. My goal is to accommodate, as much as possible, the respective objectives of buyer and seller. I’m focused on finding a ‘perfect home,’ not just a ‘house,’ for the buyer, taking everything I’ve learned into consideration. - Shirley Watson -


Shirley Watson

Touching Countless Lives

by Corey Radman & Court Klinck

Over the last 28 years, hundreds of buyers and sellers have found their dream home with the help of Fort Collins Realtor Shirley Watson. This year, she earned the Coldwell Banker title of “Number One,” the best individual producer among the more than 1,800 Coldwell Banker sales associates operating from 14 different Colorado offices. In March, she was recognized as one of the top Realtors in the nation at the Coldwell Banker International business conference. 44

hen it comes to buying or selling a home in Fort Collins, Shirley Watson has the touch,” said recent home buyers Dr. David and Pam Ferguson. The Fergusons were leaving their dream home to move closer into town for convenience, for driving children, and to be closer to his medical practice. “Selling and buying a home can be a stressful and emotional ordeal. My wife and I came to greatly appreciate Shirley and her team. Shirley’s strongest asset is her ability to say it as she sees it. After years of working with people and knowing the ever changing real estate market in Fort Collins, she sees it precisely.” In spite of the real estate market downturn, 2006 was Watson’s best year ever. Commenting on real estate market conditions over the past year or so Watson states positively, “I was so busy last year that I didn’t realize that the market was ‘bad.’ Real estate has gone through some exceptionally good boom years and now we’ve returned to what I’d describe as a ‘normal’ market. We are back to basics – analyzing properties, creative marketing, and needing to be realistic about factors such as price and time on the market.” Shirley attributes much of her success to her father. “Dad was my mentor. He owned a contracting business and got me started working for him when I was 12. He taught me some important business skills such as accounting, contracts, and how to negotiate. He also gave me confidence by emphasizing that, while I should not consider myself better than others, I should believe myself just as capable as anyone.” Watson’s business is built on her hard work, astute business sense, and her sincere desire to provide the best possible service to her clients. “I’ve found that it’s essential to listen carefully to people to determine their wants, needs and financial situation. My goal is to accommodate, as much as possible, the respective objectives of buyer and seller. I’m focused on finding a ‘perfect home,’ not just a ‘house,’ for the buyer, taking everything I’ve learned into consideration.” Known for her experience and professional-

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ism, Shirley’s clients especially appreciate her dedication to going the extra mile. Dr. Jim Compton and wife Charlene recalled that Watson found their dream home in the middle of a snowstorm. “We were waiting for one of just a few different homes along a golf course to come up for sale. Then one day she called us up and said, ‘I found it. Let’s go.’ I said, ‘It’s a damn blizzard outside!’” Watson replied, “I have a four wheel drive. I’m coming over.” She arrived in her SUV and 24 hours later the Comptons had a commitment to purchase the house of their dreams. “She hauled us out in the middle of a snow storm and got us exactly what we wanted. I will always be indebted to her for that,” says Compton. As Shirley’s accomplishments and stature have grown over the years, the properties with which she deals have, understandably, increased in value. Her high-end homes in recent years have been in the $1 million to $2.5 million range. While Shirley’s skills and experience are ideally suited to the level of sophistication inherent in these types of transactions, she is quick to emphasize that she works with clients with homes in virtually all price ranges. “I provide the same level of service to all my clients, regardless of the price of their home.” As a business leader, Shirley has served on the Board of Directors of Centennial Bank of the West and on the Regional Board of Directors of Bank One. She has supported and participated in a number of organizations and charities including Respite Care and the American Cancer Society. “I believe that a big part of being a good Realtor is also being a good citizen. It is so important to give back to the community that has been so good to me and my family.” Watson is very proud of the work she does as a commissioner on the Colorado State Land Board, a position to which the Governor appointed her. The Colorado State Land Board manages 3 million acres owned by the State of Colorado and funds grades K-12 with earned revenues. Britt Weygandt, Executive Director of the State Board of Land Commissioners says, “Some outstanding women perform wonderful work in the business world but very few are able to translate their success into expanded opportunities for our present and future generations of school children. Shirley Watson has touched countless young lives with her business success.” What more, you ask, can Shirley possibly pack into her overflowing life? The sweet image of her 9-month-old granddaughter, Caroline Grayce, prominently displayed on her office computer screen saver, provides a good clue.

Watson’s granddaughter, Caroline Grayce.

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The Harvest :: Greeley

Experience the sensations of Harvest Modern Country Kitchen in Greeley. The aroma of roasted meats and fresh baked breads will make your mouth water the moment you enter and will remind you of Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house. Feel the warmth in the comfortable, open surroundings of alder wood and copper. The soothing colors and textures in the dining room lay a background that beautifully enhances their exquisite food. And after an exquisite dinner, sit by the patio fire pit and roast after-dinner marshmallows. Everything about Harvest’s ambience invites you to stay a while and enjoy. (1)


Harvest Chef DJ Nagle, Owner Michael Hood, Chef Dan Chrzanowski. (1) The impressive Two Bone Pork Loin is served over creamy butternut squash and dried fruit oatmeal. (2) Harvest Chef, DJ Nagle flame grills in the open plan kitchen.


he Harvest Experience is a mélange of all of these sensations but is founded on a bedrock of two things: fantastic food and excellent service. The Harvest Experience is all about the food. Everything at Harvest is made from scratch. All the sauces are handcrafted. The breads and desserts are baked on-site in their 2500 square foot bakery. Even the garnishes at Harvest take hours, sometimes all night, to prepare. The overnight tomatoes, which are merely a topping for salads or entrees, require eight slow-roasted hours in an oven to achieve perfection. And they are so tasty; you can pop them in your mouth like potato chips! Owner, Michael Hood, leads a team of dedicated servers who love working at Harvest. Have just a quick conversation with him and you will see his vision for customers’ perfect dining experience. Says Hood, “There is a difference between waiting tables and providing service. Dining is like getting a massage. Nothing should distract from


your dining experience like an empty water glass or a slow entree. We train our servers to aim for the customer’s dining chi.” The restaurant’s concept comes from the wholesome American tradition of family Sunday dinners but they have added a modern twist. Planned with classically trained chefs, Harvest’s menu is comfort food done high-end. Take the hand-formed meatloaf with highest quality ground beef and ground veal. Chefs DJ Nagle and Dan Chrzanowski fold into it a mixture of carrots, celery, onions, peppers and herbs. Then they serve it with a reduced red wine sauce that warms the soul as it melts in your mouth. As Hood says about his chefs, “They know food.” The experience you will have at Harvest is an unforgettable one – one that will keep you coming back. Delve a little deeper into the concept and planning behind Harvest and you find the owner, Michael Hood, who is not only a food and wine expert but also a savvy businessman. Hood is currently in the process of building a trio of res-

taurants and an organic grocery store at the St. Michael’s development in Greeley. Harvest was the first, followed quickly by a pub across the street called the Hobnobber Tavern. Next in the series will be the natural grocery store opening next to Harvest to be followed by one last restaurant. The store will have 6000 square feet and 50 feet of counter space. The genius in the restaurant/store tie in is that the restaurants can use the unsold food, which is normally dumped because it is near its use-by date. Significant portions of a grocery store’s losses come from this waste, now no longer a problem. The restaurants will also benefit from having a guaranteed supply of locally grown, organic product. The hope is that down the line, this concept will be franchised in other communities. Back at Harvest amidst the bustling businesses, Hood hasn’t forgotten his customers. “My job is to make sure you’re in a food coma before you leave.” And we were.

Text by Corey Radman Photos by Dana Milner

Back row: Harvest Owner, Michael Hood & Chef, Dan Chrzanowski. Front row: Style Publisher, Lydia Dody; Assistant Editor, Corey Radman; & Sales Executive, Karen Christensen. Style staff members were treated to an array of choices all of which were consistently delicious, well prepared, and presented with care. Here were a few of our favorites: Appetizers: • Crock of ‘Shrooms – A cute little crock filled with mushrooms tossed in a sherry cream sauce and served with savory toast - so good you could make a meal of it! • Crab & Artichoke Casserole – Blue crab claw meat, lots of cheese, herbs and artichokes and served with brioche toast - not too heavy but oh so tasty. Salads: • Unbelievably Simple Cranberry Vinaigrette – Amazing that three ingredients can make a dressing taste so complex. Served with spring mix, dried cranberries, granola, and Haystack Mountain goat cheese. • Fresh Herb-Champagne Vinaigrette (My absolute favorite.) – Butter lettuce, aged jack cheese, and those overnight tomatoes, yum! The dressing is an emulsion that is deceptively creamy. Supper (just like your Grandma calls it): • Stuffed Idaho Trout – Bulges with roasted shallot stuffing then wrapped in apple wood smoked bacon and oven finished. Style Publisher, Lydia Dody and I both could not stop eating it. Said Dody, “I almost licked the plate.” • Also worth the drive from just about anywhere is the Mammoth Lamb Shank – so tender and juicy it fell off the bone and served with roasted root veggies. Desserts: • 3 Custards – crème brulee to some and -yea! -- it comes in three delicious flavors including chocolate. • Classic Cherry Pie was a deadly draw for even me, who doesn’t like cherry pie. Bonus – the pies, cakes, breads, cookies, and other dainties are made daily in the on-site bakery and are available for purchase at the bakery window.


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Ryan Gentry of Alpine Gardens stakes new Bosnian Pines.

Jack Fetig, owner Alpine Gardens It’s a dilemma. You have a beautiful commercial building that reflects your brand but only a tiny, shady, north-facing plot to set it off. What’s a business owner to do? Curb appeal is the first impression any business’s clients have. Thus, landscaping is an integral part of the finished product that cannot be neglected. This is the challenge that Style Magazine faces and has engaged the partnership of Alpine Gardens to solve. The solution comes from Sandy Schlicht, Landscape Designer for Alpine. “We are thrilled to be a part of Style’s project. It’s wonderful to see Lydia [Dody] take an existing building in Old Town and redesign it in this way. She is doing a great job with the building and we wanted the outside landscaping to reflect what is going on inside.” Schlicht explains that a north face landscape is a challenge because the building shades it so much. In addition, there are ground level windows in the downstairs offices that will need to retain a view rather than be buried behind dense shrubbery. Schlicht’s genius solution incorporates a tiered structure in between the building and the sidewalk that builds multiple levels of color, texture, and form throughout the year. Plants will include broadleaf evergreens for year-round color, shade-loving perennials like blue leaf hostas and coral bells for their purple foliage as well as white and purple leafed lamium ground cover. The tiering affect will allow for a view from both sides of the landscape. Plants will be irrigated with drip lines. Schlicht explains that drip irrigation is much more efficient than spray watering because the water gets right to the base of the plant and can go directly to the root system. There is also less evaporation than


Jesse Yabbara of Alpine Gardens pitchforks mulch on spirea bushes.

spraying, so less water is used. Perhaps you too have a shady north face garden and need help. What to do? Schlicht advises considering the following aspects of your landscape: •

Soil – “Most soil in Fort Collins needs to be amended with compost, which breaks up the clay and allows for better water penetration and more oxygen in the soil where the roots are located,” says Schlicht.

Orientation of the plot – North and shady? Choose your plants carefully

Plant selection – Plants for a north plot should be, of course, shade loving but

also light in color to create the illusion of brightness. “I look for foliage that looks good throughout the seasons,” says Schlicht. Still confused? Call Alpine Gardens in Fort Collins at the Fossil Creek Nursery at (970) 2262296 or in Greeley at Highland Nursery (970) 506-2727. Their designers are award winning and together, possess over 150 years of landscape design experience. They are committed to excellence in all phases of landscape. “We stand behind our warranties,” says Schlicht. “We will come back and check your landscape for proper growth and irrigation at one month, three months, and one year.” Alpine Gardens’s exemplary commitment to your complete happiness is what will guarantee your curb appeal now and for years to come.

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February 24 Bohemian Air Hanger Loveland Nearly 150 members of the United Way of Larimer County Alexis de Tocqueville Society were guests at the ‘can’t miss evening’ sponsored by the Bohemian Foundation. A gourmet dinner, entertainment by the infamous Bob Newhart and dancing into the night completed a fabulous and memorable evening. The Annual Celebration Dinner is held to recognize those individuals who contribute $10,000 or more to the United Way of Larimer County. The Larimer County chapter of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society was established in 1997, to date, has grown to 214 individuals in 2007 and almost $1.5 million has been donated this year. Photos courtesy of

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March 21 UNC Ballroom :: Greeley This 5th annual celebration is the United Way of Weld County’s celebration to thank volunteers and recognize excellence of businesses that conducted employee campaigns. Over 300 community leaders, volunteers and representatives from several non-profit agencies attended the early morning breakfast where Black Tie was encouraged. Honors were given to the Volunteer of the Year, Company of the Year, Non-Profit Professional of the Year, Community Partner of the Year.

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April 28 Lincoln Center :: Fort Collins Celebrating Founder’s Day, over 60 members of Beta Sigma Phi gathered to honor each other and the 2007 Woman of the Year, Lydia Dody, founder of Hope Lives Breast Cancer Support Center. Members of this international women’s organization, 75 years strong, actualize the meaning of Beta Sigma Phi-Life, Learning and Friendship, through their chapter meetings and community service projects. The evening of sisterhood included a catered dinner and several touching messages.

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March 29 Chipper’s Lanes at College Center Fort Collins This 5th annual fun event brought over 200 guests including the Honorary Bride and Owner of The Colorado Ice, Danny DeGrande, to bowl strikes, spares and gutter balls dressed in their best and worst bridesmaids outfits and compete for an array of awards. This years Bridesmaids Bowling was a huge success raising over $10,000 for Hope Lives Breast Cancer Support Center and their programs offering services at no cost to women battling breast cancer. Mary Golden, Lydia Dody, Scott Charpentier, Heike Mannix, Mary Hallauer, Lara Ulfers Jeannie & Jay Gerdes

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