Rethinking Plants: Choosing Multi-function Plants:
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Saturday, February 13, 2016
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | $35 (bulk discount available)
The quality of soil makes or breaks any garden. Anyone can improve their soil with just a little time and effort – and it doesn’t have to cost a dime. Plus, the healthier your soil, the more you save in amendments, your garden blossoms and you spend less time weeding and wondering why your garden isn’t thriving. Participants will be able to: indentify soil characteristics based on texture, structure and types of plants growing in it; know what turns soil into dirt; understand basic plant biology (and why never to buy petrochemically-based fertilizers again); know how to compost and vermicompost; understand the importance of organic matter in soil (hint: more is better!).
2070 Salvio St, Concord
Last November we learned that CREAM would be opening in Concord near Todos Santos Plaza and since then lots of progress has been made. For upcoming updates on the opening date check out their Facebook page here and check out their menu here.
354 Park St, Moraga
Marina Vintage Boutique is “coming soon” to Moraga right next to the Rheem Movie Theater. You can see part of the amazing art deco movie theater styling right above.
1932 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill
Thanks to a reader for sending word that Wisegirl Ristorante Italiano & Cocktails will be having a ribbon cutting on February 18th in Oak Park Center in Pleasant Hill where Dallimonti’s Italian Restaurant used to be. According to a city architectural memorandum, “the remodel proposes to establish a “speak easy” design theme, harkening back to the Prohibition days of the 1920’s/1930’s for a new restaurant”.
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
Over the summer we learned that the fashion store Vince Camuto would be coming to Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek and it’s getting closer to opening as you can see the outside signage is up.
Vince Camuto was a footwear designer who previously co-founded the women’s fashion brand Nine West and passed away last year. More about him in this Wikipedia article here.
Valentine’s themed Aloe Tours:
Ruth Bancroft Garden
1552 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek
Saturday, February 13th, 2016
11:00am & 1:00pm | $10 admission
The Ruth Bancroft Garden’s Valentine’s Day Aloe Tours, an all-day event focused specifically on the Garden’s dramatic Aloe collection. The Garden has an unparalleled collection of aloes, including hybrids not found anywhere else in the world. These winter bloomers put on a stunning show with colorful, dramatic flower stalks.
The Garden is open 10am – 3pm.
Garden is open for regular admission visits with self-guided Aloe tours and docent led tours at 11am and 1pm.
Special selection of aloes will be available for purchase at the Nursery.
A selection of dish gardens, aloe books, and other garden inspired gifts will be available.
Get a free burrito from Chipotle by texting RAINCHECK to 888-222 by 3pm today, Feburary 8th. For more info click here.
1632 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
Back in December we learned that Honey Berry closed in downtown Walnut Creek next to City Hall and thanks to everyone for sending word that the Persian bakery Haleh Pastry has opened in this spot. The desserts including cakes look amazing as you can see from the photos below. They even have Persian pistachio nuts you can buy in bulk. I can’t wait to try this place out!
I’m not sure whether GELATO on Rinehart’s clock outside will be updated to reflect the bakery. Any suggestions? How about BAKERY? PASTRY? MAJOON?
More photos after the jump…
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
In August we learned that the jewelry store Pandora would be coming to Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek and they have now opened next to L’Occitane en Provence as you can see by the cool looking mosaic at left.