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Congratulations to Shelby Van Meter – Spirit of Marin Awards 2017 Volunteer of the Year!

October 10, 2017

On October 6th, our visionary founder Shelby Van Meter was honored with an award for Volunteer of the Year at the 2017 Spirit of Marin Awards.  This annual award is meant to recognize the achievements and volunteer spirit of local businesses and business citizens as chosen by the Marin County Chambers of Commerce.   Shelby was joined at the lovely ceremony by a number of her fellow Sausalitans who cheered Shelby as she took the stage.  Congratulations Shelby – thank you for all you have done!!

Spirit of Marin Awards 2017 - Photo by Gary Ferber

Spirit of Marin Awards 2017 – Photo by Gary Ferber

 

 

 

Create your own “hanging garden” on Sausalito’s hills

October 04, 2017

Some towns have a few hills…here in Sausalito we ARE hills.  This topography of course provides us with an abundance of views but a dearth of traditional flat gardening space.  But don’t let the slopes deter you from planting the garden of your dreams!  Join us on Thursday October 26th at 7PM in the Sausalito City Council Chambers to learn about hillside gardening with Marin Master Gardener – Mary Warner.

This seminar is part of our ongoing series hosted in partnership with Sausalito Public Library and the University of California Cooperative Extension Marin Master Gardeners.  The focus will be on site analysis and plant selection to ensure a successful hillside garden.  If you have questions about various microclimates, open slopes, soil types, predators – Mary Warner has the answers.

Following the event, feel free to explore the many great gardening books that the library has to choose from.  And for those of you looking to add to your permanent collection, the new Book Passage shop in Sausalito has a wonderful selection of gardening books in stock.

Please email info@sausalitobeautiful.org if you have any questions.

Here is a link to the Facebook event page.

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Seminar – Street Trees for Sausalito

September 14, 2017

Please join us on Thursday September 28th at 7PM in the Sausalito City Council Chambers for the next exciting seminar in our ongoing series hosted in partnership with Sausalito Public Library and the University of California Cooperative Extension Marin Master Gardeners.

This seminar will be led by Marie Narlock and will discuss what species of trees flourish here in Sausalito’s unique climate.

Following the event, feel free to explore the many great gardening books that the library has to choose from.  And for those of you looking to add to your permanent collection, the new Book Passage shop in Sausalito has a wonderful selection of gardening books in stock.

Please email info@sausalitobeautiful.org if you have any questions.

Here is a link to the Facebook event page.

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Bill Hynes Interview in Sausalito Magazine

August 26, 2017

Sausalito Residents – Keep an eye out for the feature interview with our new President Bill Hynes.  You will find it on page 27 of the Fall edition of Sausalito Magazine.

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2017 Beautification Awards Ceremony

June 24, 2017

This week, Board Member and Chair Maureen McCoy hosted the 2nd Annual Beautification Awards Ceremony at the Sausalito Firestation.  These awards honor local businesses and property owners who have improved the aesthetics of Sausalito’s public spaces.

This year’s panel of judges consisted of Maureen McCoy, Mary Austin, Joe Burns, Daniel Merriam, Ive Haugeland, and Bob Gould. The panel reviewed fourteen nominees according to criteria such as sustainability, aesthetic appeal, the use of regionally appropriate plants, and water-conserving irrigation.

The judges selected the following winners for 2017:

Sherrie Faber & First California Realty

Isabel Allende’s property on Caledonia Street

Michael Lappert & Fish and Chips

Tom Wilhite of Green Man Garden Design and Consulting won this year’s “Little Willow” award for his extraordinary beautification efforts.

Sausalito Beautiful also added a new category this year for best “Secret Garden.” The contest ended in a draw. The two winners are the tiered gardens of the Sausalito Gourmet Deli and the rooftop garden and hanging planters at the Casa Madrona Hotel.

2017 Winners (photo credit: Gary Ferber)

Left to right: 2017 Beautification Awards Winners Sarah Hillesheim representing Isabel Allende, Carmen Cruz of Casa Madrona, Tom Wilhite of Green Man Garden Design and Consulting, Sherrie Faber of First California Realty, Frank Hontalas of Sausalito Gourmet Deli (photo credit: Gary Ferber)

For more images from the event, check out the album posted on our Facebook page here

Seminar – Gardening with Native Plants

June 07, 2017

Please join us on Thursday June 29th at 7PM in the Sausalito City Council Chambers for the next exciting seminar in our ongoing series hosted in partnership with Sausalito Public Library and the University of California Cooperative Extension Marin Master Gardeners.

This seminar will be led by Bob Mauceli and will cover the use of native plants in your landscaping. Because native plants have co-evolved with native birds, butterflies, bees, other beneficial insects and mammals, planting them in your gardens helps maintain these populations. By using native plants, you can build a beautiful landscape that uses less water and fewer chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Following the event, feel free to explore the many great gardening books that the library has to choose from.  And for those of you looking to add to your permanent collection, the new Book Passage shop in Sausalito has a wonderful selection of gardening books in stock.

Please email info@sausalitobeautiful.org if you have any questions.

Here is a link to the Facebook event page.

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Microclimates, Climate Change & the Gardener

May 10, 2017

Thank you to everyone who has participated in making the Master Gardener educational series a success.  We are tremendously grateful for the contributions from our partners at Marin Master Gardeners, Abbot Chamber and the Sausalito City Library, and Gary Bartl who did such a fantastic job leading the seminars on Succulents and Pruning.

The next seminar will take place on Thursday June 1st and focus on how climate affects our gardens and how we can adapt our gardens to climate change.  The session will be led by Kathy Hunting, an environmental health scientist and Marin Master Gardener since 2014.

Following the event, feel free to explore the many great gardening books that the library has to choose from.  And for those of you looking to add to your permanent collection, the new Book Passage shop in Sausalito has a wonderful selection of gardening books in stock.

Please email info@sausalitobeautiful.org if you have any questions.

Facebook Event link here

 

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Sausalito Beautiful 2017 Board Members

April 30, 2017

It is a great pleasure to introduce new members of Sausalito Beautiful’s 2017 Board of Directors.  Joining Existing Members, Jennifer Cassidy, Lisa Fredericks, Bill Hynes, Fay Mark, Maureen McCoy, Carolyn Revelle, Dennis Scremin and Shelby Van Meter are Michael Henry, Flynn McDonald, and Cathy Stierhoff.

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From left to right, Carolyn Revelle, Maureen McCoy, Dennis Scremin, Shelby Van Meter, Lisa Fredericks, Bill Hynes, Fay Mark, Cathy Stierhof, Flynn McDonald, and Michael Henry. Missing in photo: Jennifer Cassidy.

 

Marin Master Gardener Series – Pruning

April 05, 2017

If you missed the first Marin Master Gardener Seminar on Succulents, have no fear!  Gary Bartl, an incredible “edu-tainer” and UCCE Marin Master Gardner for over 25 years, will be returning to walk us through the art of Pruning on Thursday, April 27th at 7pm.  The seminar will take place in the Sausalito City Council Chambers at 420 Litho St.

You may want to get there early as this will likely fill up fast….

Following the event, feel free to explore the many great gardening books that the library has to choose from.  And for those of you looking to add to your permanent collection, the new Book Passage shop in Sausalito has a wonderful selection of gardening books in stock.

Please email info@sausalitobeautiful.org if you have any questions.

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Succulents Seminar Recap

April 04, 2017

We want to extend our deepest appreciation to everyone who was involved in and attended the wonderful Succulents Seminar this past Thursday.  We could not have asked for a better start to what we hope will be an ongoing educational series.  Gary Bartl’s presentation was absolutely riveting, and we are excited to announce that he will be returning for the next seminar on April 27th covering the art and science of Basic Pruning.  Stay tuned for more info!

A special thank you to Abbot Chambers – the Sausalito City Librarian – and Gary Bartl, Arline Rowe and Julie Witz from UCCE Marin Master Gardeners.

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