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Large or Small, Peggy Calhoun, Garden ANew Can Help Design your Garden Space

Peggy Calhoun, Garden ANew has been designing gardens for 26 years.  She began her talk by suggesting everyone visit her website, since she typically sends all her clients there to view the pictures she has posted.

The most basic service Peggy provides is a one-hour consultation.  This consists of a walk-through and a discussion of what you have, what the possibilities are of making minor or major changes, and any concerns about budget or construction.  An example Peggy shared was her recent design the small area in Judy Johnson, Unexpected Treasures backyard.  Judy had a small area that needed some attention.  Peggy looked at the light that the area gets and other design elements in the garden to help her design this area. Next Peggy used a picture of Judy’s neighbor to share ideas for improvement with all levels of budget.  A lower budget could make changes as simple as adding large pots with trees.  The largest budget could make larger changes like adding an arbor and replacing some not very exciting plants with something more interesting.

If a garden is established but looking tired, Peggy can go through and suggest changes for each individual bed.   This redo of just the plant beds is the second level of service Peggy can provide. These changes are things like what plants to leave, what plants to replace, ideas for replacement, and quick sketches of ideas.  She types up her notes and lists and sends them to the homeowner so they can order the plants themselves, or you can hire Peggy on to pick out the plants personally and supervise the placement and planting.

Finally, the third level is a full garden design.  This is a three-hour on site design, including everything from paving, planting, beds, and even fireplaces or outdoor kitchens.  Peggy brings her grafting table onsite and the goal is that at the end of the three hours that they have a full sketch of the garden plan.  Peggy shared an example of one of these jobs where she started with an oddly shaped yard with nothing but a few trees.  She ended with a plan that included the front entry, driveway, side yard, raised plant beds, a vegetable garden, patio, sitting area, and an outdoor living room.  From there, you can execute the plan yourself or hire Peggy at an hourly rate to choose the plants and supervise the gardeners to implement her plans.  Peggy loves what she does and loves coming to your home to be a problem solver.  She is always looking to find ways to make your home more comfortable and enjoyable.

June Success Stories Round-up!

Better late than never!  Look out for our July edition coming soon.

  • Judy Johnson, Unexpected Treasures thanked Jeff Badzik, Perfection Auto Detail for the car detail and says it looks great.  She also found the perfect warehouse location thanks to PEA.
  • Sue Ballew, Skytrekker Aviation just ran a deal on Living Social and sold 110 introductory flights.  Living Social allowed her to schedule the flights at her less-busy times (during the week).  Between this and Groupon, she has sold around 400 introductory flights.
  • Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler announced that their 80th Anniversary sale is now complete.  It was very successful at 50% more in sales than in May of 2010.
  • Bobbie Fakkema, Events, Etc… thanked Paul Kraus, Goodco Press for another beautiful printing job.  She also thanked David Gaskill, D.B. Gaskill Advertising Specialties and Karen Bowne, Sheraton Palo Alto for the leads.
  • Konrad Thaler, Smilin Dogs bought his 10th van from Mike Feller, Innovative Sales & Leasing last week.
  • Judy Johnson, Unexpected Treasures has an estate sale coming up in the home of a late state senator Bill Clark.
  • Mike Feller, Innovative Sales & Leasing likes to give Connoisseur Coffee as a gift to clients.
  • Dr. Chuck Fulanovich, Palo Alto Chiropractic shared that June 10th marked the 35th year he has been in practice.
  • Dan Harding, Retirement Administration has been working with his father, Sam, for one year now.  Their sales are up 262% in the past year.
  • John King, Keller-Williams Realty helped Jay Saber, Saber Roofing’s son and daughter-in-law find a new home.  Stern Mortgage will be handling the mortgage.
  • Erik Jacobsen, Threestory Studio said that his neighbor’s admired his newly painted house so much that they asked for contact information for Duane Asbra, Pro-Staff Painting.
  • Bobbie Fakkema, Events, Etc… thanked Susan Hamilton, VTF Services and the team for getting her lawn nice and green.
  • Terry Pebbles, Optimum Floors announced that he has re-formed his business as Optimum FloorsOptimum Floors does flooring coverings, so the classification Window Coverings is open for a new member.
  • Peggy Calhoun, Garden ANew thanked Mike Fox, A&A Plumbing, saying that the team came by while she was gone and everything went very smoothly.
  • Bobbie Fakkema, Events, Etc… said she is working on an event for Green Gables for July 4th.  It used to be an annual event and this year’s will be the last.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas with PEA Businesses!

Father’s Day is quickly approaching (June 19th!).  Here are some Father’s Day gift ideas for your husband, uncle, dad, grandfather, or any other special man in your life featuring some of our PEA businesses: