15th Annual Whittier-Mapleton Garden Tour

The 15th Annual Whittier-Mapleton Garden Tour takes you on a journey through some of the most amazing gardens in Boulder, Colorado. Plan to take a tour on June 3, 2017!

Boasting 140 year-old trees, roses of every hue, exotic plants, terraced landscapes, and stunning architecture across eight different properties, these magnificent private sanctuary gardens are only available for viewing during the tour, once a year. And this year, you’ll even have chance to peek at new gardens that have never been featured before.

The Garden Tour is being held on Saturday, June 3 from 10 am to 3 pm. Get the details here – 2017 Garden Tour

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I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 13 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI
RE/MAX of Boulder
Call me – 720.938.4197

Gardeners: Learn how to grow native plants for beauty and ease

 

Gardening with Colorado’s Native Plants?

The City of Boulder is promoting gardening with native plants. Why? Because they are beautiful, low water, once established low care.

Beauty – Boulder’s natives are gorgeous additions to any garden, providing a range of growth habits from ground covers to shrubs and trees, with lovely foliage plants and hardy bloomers included. A native garden will bloom from very early spring until well after the first snow flies.

Uniqueness – Chances are, no one else on the block will have a garden like it. Many native wildflowers and grasses are more subtle than the run-of-the-mill hybridized petunias, marigolds and pansies that everyone else has.

Low Care and Low Water – Since they have grown here for millennia, Boulder’s natives have evolved to shrug off anything the local environment can throw at them. Hail? Drought? Heavy spring snow? Early frost? No problem. Once established, most will never need to be watered.

Wildlife – Colorado’s fauna and flora have developed countless symbiotic relationships. Native plants will attract a bevy of beasts, birds, bees and butterflies to your yard. Plus, you can feel good about providing animals with the habitat they need to survive.

Biodiversity – Native plants have suffered under an onslaught of exotic species. Some introduced garden plants, like dame’s rocket, perennial sweet pea, myrtle spurge and purple loosetrife have escaped cultivation to become noxious weeds. They threaten to destroy the natural lands that you have purchased through the OSMP program. Give the natives a chance to reclaim the landscape by sowing them in your garden.

Our Heritage – Native plant gardens celebrate our biological and cultural heritage, helping to maintain a local and regional identity of which we can be proud. Learn about and pass on the lore and knowledge humans have gleaned from these plants over the centuries.

Success – If you provide these plants with the same care and environment they receive in the wild, they will succeed. That’s good for you!

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I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 13 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI
RE/MAX of Boulder
720.938.4197

Add Curb Appeal and Delight to Your Yard!

Photo Credit: Resource Conservation Center
Photo Credit: Resource Conservation Center

Garden-in-a-Box is a program of the Center for Resource Conservation in Boulder. They offer different varieties of professional “plant-by-number” designs that are water-wise and will immediately add beauty to your landscaping. Whether you are adding curb appeal because you are thinking to sell, or are just sick of seeing the weeds winning over your current struggling plants, Garden-in-a-Box can offer you an easy way to make your yard beautiful!

Want to improve your space? Get your perennial or veggie garden by contacting the Center for Resource Conservation here. They sell out so act quickly!

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I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 11 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI
RE/MAX of Boulder
Call me – 720.938.4197

Time To Start Thinking Spring – Reserve Your Garden-In-A-Box

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Garden In A Box, a selection of professionally designed, perennial gardens that use Xeric (low water) plants, offers residents a simple approach to an eye-catching yard. These do it yourself garden kits come with 15 to 30 starter plants, a comprehensive Plant and Care Guide, and 1 to 3 plant by number maps. Regardless of expertise, you can save water and beautify your landscape with these affordable gardens.

Whether you are looking to redesign a portion of your yard, attract bees and butterflies, or simply increase your curb appeal, Garden In A Box makes it easy! All the plants are locally grown, and once established will need little to no irrigation to thrive, giving you big, beautiful savings. Plus, with many options to choose from, you can find the perfect garden for shade, sun, and everything in between.

Gardens are offered by the Center for ReSource Conservation in partnership with local and regional water utilities in support of their commitment to water conservation.

For more details about the Garden In A Box program and how it works, click here.

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I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 11 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI
RE/MAX of Boulder
Call me – 720.938.4197

Free Tulip Bulbs! The City of Boulder’s Annual Tulip Bulb Give Away is August 26

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Tulip Bulb Giveaway Is A Fun Annual Boulder Event! Join the City of Boulder at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26 in front of the Boulder County Courthouse on the 1300 block of the Pearl Street Mall for the 2015 Tulip Bulb Giveaway. Get these great bulbs in time to plant them this year and watch them bloom in the spring!

Tulip bulbs are provided on a first-come, first-served basis (one bag per family). A small donation is appreciated in support of citywide parks and horticulture maintenance efforts.

#Boulder #Gardening #Colorado #PearlStreetMall

 

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I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 7 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI
RE/MAX of Boulder
Call me – 720.938.4197

Time to get the garden going!?!?

father and son gardeningThe changing seasons are getting us all thinking about change, new growth and renewal. If this time of year makes you think about starting a vegetable garden, you are not alone. Here are some ideas from Sunset Magazine about how to start your own vegetable garden. To read more click here.

 

Is This Weather Making You Think Spring? Time to get the garden going!

father and son gardeningThe weather here in Boulder is amazing. Snow one day. 60+ degree weather the next. But this is the beauty of Spring here. The changing seasons are getting us all thinking about change, new growth and renewal. If this time of year makes you think about starting a vegetable garden, you are not alone. Here are some ideas from Sunset Magazine about how to start your own vegetable garden. To read more click here.

 

Superior Residents – Save Money and Water with an Outdoor Irrigation Audit!

 

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The Town of Superior, in collaboration with the Center for Resource Conservation, is offering Outdoor Irrigation Audits. If you have an outdoor irrigation system you can learn some great tools for saving water and maximizing resources – meaning you have a beautiful lawn while using less water and saving money! Everyone wins!

Interested? Get on the list to participate by contacting the Center for Resource Conservation – email them at water@conservationcenter.org or giving them a call at 303.999.3824.

 

Create Dynamic Container Plants

container-garden-seedling-basket-1-of-1It is not too late to create a container garden! Love herbs? Here are some secrets for a successful container garden. 1. Get organized/know what you want to plant. 2. Gather your containers. 3. Get the right soil for your plants. 4. Watering is essential. 5. Choose sun vs. shade plants carefully. 6. Know your fertilizers. For more details from Design Mom click here.

Boulder Conversations with Extraordinary People Presents an Evening with Catherine Long Gates

Pacesetter Catherine GatesCatherine Long Gates is the third generation manager of Long’s Gardens, a horticultural business founded in Boulder in 1905.  A Boulder native, she grew up on the family farm located just one mile from the heart of the city.  Operating a farm in the city has provided lots of opportunities for “career development” from field laborer, retail clerk, and general handywoman to iris judge, water negotiator, and urban agriculture watchdog. Complimentary wine and cheese will be served. 

This event will be held at the Chautauqua Community House. More information and to purchase tickets click here. [April 16, 2013 . 5:30pm]