New Beginnings

Every year we open up Maple Rock gardens for an event called Bloomtastic. By now I’m sure you’ve heard of Maple Rock. I’m sure that some of you have seen Maple Rock for yourselves. But the one thing nobody has been able to see during the Bloomtastic event is the Peonys in bloom.

The reason why you have not been able to see the Peonys is because they have always bloomed prior to Mother’s Day weekend. Every Spring when I walk the gardens I’m looking for a sign from nature that tells me Spring is coming. I’m looking for something that is an undeniable force of nature and once it starts it will not stop. When the Peonys start pushing from the ground up this says a couple things to me. First, it tells me the ground is warming and nature is waking up. The second thing is that I can’t stop it. Like you, I have been waiting for the rain to stop. Well it stopped and Spring came the next day. What’s unique about this year at Maple Rock is that it may be very possible that the Peonys will still in Bloom May 11th. This has never happened before. Perhaps this is mother nature’s way of rewarding Bloomtastic after a long, long winter.

Join us Saturday, May 11th as we celebrate nature and the new beginnings.

Join us in the garden Saturday, May 11th 9-3pm. We’ll have live music, lunch will be available, and a glass of wine or your favorite libation, should you desire one.

Bloomtastic this year surely will be spectacular if the Peonys can hold their blooms. I have no control over them but I will be talking to them tonight. Get your tickets by clicking here.

Succulent Kokedama Workshop

Come learn the art and craft of the Japanese Kokedama. These hanging string gardens will be handcrafted with moss, jute and a variety of succulents from the High-Hand Nursery. We will macrame a hanger for a manzanita branch to suspend the beautiful creations from. All materials and supplies are included and enjoy mimosas and fresh baked scones while we create. Dress for mess. Get your tickets by clicking here.

High-Hand Magalia is open for business.

Why did I open up a nursery in Magalia? Several reasons. Most of them are personal. We’ve been so involved in supporting victims of the camp fire that it has become an extension of all of us. I opened a nursery because I wanted to bring life back into an area of utter despair. I’m not crazy. People are trying to understand what the new normal is. I thought to myself, is it enough to just give money and come up with solutions? Is it enough to hand over the keys to a car? Throughout the last months we have helped a lot of people through tough situations that seemed insurmountable. Throughout the last months I’ve continued to ask myself what the next step is.

Life starts with a seed and in my business it starts from the ground up.

High-Hand was built from the ground up, so it’s obvious that my approach would be just that. Years ago we built High-Hand, literally from the a blighted, condemned piece of property. An old fruit shed that sat vacant for twenty-five years came to life when a seed was planted. An idea, a vision, a dream, and a burnt out lot. We are building it in the heart o