Archive for the ‘Step Outside’ Category

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Posted on: September 14th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure takes you on a tour of an Arizona gem, the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Reader’s Digest designated the Tucson Botanical Gardens as America’s Best Secret Garden. The collection of 17 specialty gardens sits on 5 and a half acres.

Pete learns the history of the Tucson Botanical Gardens and how the efforts of Rutger Porter and his wife made it all possible.

Pete also takes a tour of one of the most popular attractions at Tucson Botanical Gardens, Butterfly Magic. Each year, 50,000 people come to enjoy the butterflies which are actually shipped to Tucson from all over the world just for this exhibit.

Pete learns more about barrio gardens and the importance they play in the Mexican-American culture. He sees how unusual items most of us would throw away end up in the garden. In this case, it’s everything including the kitchen sink.

Arizona is known for its cacti and Tucson Botanical Gardens has some of the most amazing displays. The cactus garden showcases a variety of cactus including edible ones.

Then, Pete takes a quick detour to check out the Alien Invasion, a look at invasive plants. It’s a great way to teach kids about the outdoors and how nature can affect our eco-system.

The final stop on the tour of the Tucson Desert Botanical Gardens is the Native Gardens. Pete finds out about farming techniques of the indigenous people and how those ideas apply today.

Barrio Gardens

Posted on: September 14th, 2014 by xmlrpc

While on a tour of the Tucson Botanical Gardens, Pete learns more about barrio gardens and the importance they play in the Mexican-American culture. He sees how unusual items most of us would throw away end up in the garden. In this case, it’s everything including the kitchen sink.

Arizona is known for its cacti and Tucson Botanical Gardens has some of the most amazing displays. The cactus garden showcases a variety of cactus including edible ones.

Invasive Weeds

Posted on: September 14th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure takes you on a tour of an Arizona gem, the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Pete takes a quick detour inside to check out the Alien Invasion, a look at invasive plants. It’s a great way to teach kids about the outdoors and how nature can affect our eco-system.

The next stop on the tour of the Tucson Desert Botanical Gardens is the Native Gardens. Pete finds out about farming techniques of the indigenous people and how those ideas apply today.

Join us on this incredible tour of the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Xeriscaping

Posted on: September 14th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure takes you on a tour of an Arizona gem, the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Reader’s Digest designated the Tucson Botanical Gardens as America’s Best Secret Garden. The collection of 17 specialty gardens sits on 5 and a half acres.

When you hear the word Xeriscaping you might think of rocks and a few plants, but there’s so much more to it. We’ll talk to an expert on Xeriscaping and how you can get a lush look with low water and low maintenance.

And we’ll tell you how you can grab a healthy bite to eat while touring the gardens.

Join us on our tour of the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Butterfly Magic

Posted on: September 14th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure takes you on a tour of an Arizona gem, the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Reader’s Digest designated the Tucson Botanical Gardens as America’s Best Secret Garden. The collection of 17 specialty gardens sits on 5 and a half acres.

In this segment, Pete learns the history of the Tucson Botanical Gardens and how the efforts of Rutger Porter and his wife made it all possible.

Pete also takes a tour of one of the most popular attractions at Tucson Botanical Gardens, Butterfly Magic. 50-thousand people a year come to enjoy the butterflies which are actually shipped to Tucson from all over the world just for this exhibit.

Do It Yourself

Posted on: September 6th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shows you how to tackle several DIY backyard and garden projects. Using a home in the Arizona Biltmore as his backdrop. Pete will walk you through some easy and relatively inexpensive projects you can tackle in a weekend.

This backyard of an Arizona Biltmore home has more negatives than positives. The space is narrow and the homeowner wants to give a more airy, open feeling. She also wants low maintenance and a shade area to relax.

One of the best ways to add shade to a backyard is with a Ramada. Pete walks you through the step-by-step of this DIY Ramada project. A quick trip to the hardware store for materials and tools, plus a phone call or two to some friends, will help get the job done.

Mowing the lawn in the summer of Arizona is not a chore anyone wants. Consider synthetic grass. Pete shows you what to look for when purchasing turf and how to install it yourself. This DIY turf project can be finished in just one weekend.

Along the way, Pete will show you how to repair a sprinkler, choose the proper plants for your yard and how to use pots to create a more dynamic backyard space.

All of these DIY projects are put to good use as Pete reveals how the Arizona Biltmore home yard turned out… in a word… spectacular.

Building a Ramada

Posted on: September 6th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shows you how to tackle several DIY backyard and garden projects. Using a home in the Arizona Biltmore as his backdrop, Pete will walk you through some easy and relatively inexpensive projects you can tackle in a weekend.

This backyard of an Arizona Biltmore home has more negatives than positives. The space is narrow and the homeowner wants to give a more airy, open feeling. She also wants low maintenance and a shade area to relax.

One of the best ways to add shade to a backyard is with a Ramada. Pete walks you through the step-by-step of this DIY Ramada project. A quick trip to the hardware store for materials and tools, plus a phone call or two to some friends, will help get the job done.

Healthy Plants

Posted on: September 6th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shows you how plant location, soil prep and the proper nutrients can give you year-round healthy plants. Plus, a quick way to tackle weeds.

Proper Pruning

Posted on: September 6th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shows you the proper way to prune your plants and how to use pots to create a more dynamic backyard space.

All of these DIY projects are put to good use as Pete reveals how the Arizona Biltmore home yard turned out… in a word… spectacular.

Turf Installation

Posted on: September 6th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Mowing the lawn in the summer of Arizona is not a chore anyone wants. Consider synthetic grass. Pete shows you what to look for when purchasing turf and how to install it yourself. This DIY turf project can be finished in just one weekend.

Arcadia Farms

Posted on: September 1st, 2014 by xmlrpc

Achieving a French Country backyard is easy if you know the right type of plants to use. Pete looks at the plants he used and also shows you some creative ways to bring out their beauty.

And if you truly want a French Country experience, a restaurant in Scottsdale can help with that. Arcadia Farms has been in Old Town for three decades. The setting is definitely French Country and the food is delicious.

Turf & Soil Prep

Posted on: September 1st, 2014 by xmlrpc

French Country backyard in the middle of the desert? It’s no small feat, but Pete Cure is up to the task. He will turn the backyard of a Desert Mountain home into one fitting for a French chateau. He’ll show you the proper irrigation and soil prep to keep those lush plants flourishing in Arizona. He also adds a pop of green with the proper type of synthetic turf.