Archive for the ‘Step Outside’ Category

Adobe Home – Part 1

Posted on: February 16th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé takes you inside a legendary and historic adobe home built in 1920s by famous cowboy, Lon Megargee. Original architecture is unique and has a lot of character, though landscaping outside has been neglected over the years. He shares his thoughts with the homeowner, Fred Unger, on how to spruce up the property by building a gate, creating a botanical garden, and expanding pathways to make it safer and more enjoyable for guests.

Visit the Hermosa Inn, a hidden gem located in Paradise Valley on a very peaceful and quiet 6.5 acres. It’s comprised of 35 single-story casitas with fireplaces, gorgeous baths, and a look and feel of the early 1930s. With a four-diamond restaurant that is well known for its artful American cuisine, you are sure to satisfy your appetite at Lon’s Restaurant. From ‘garden-to-table’ concept crafted by Executive Chef, Jeremy Pacheco, you will taste the freshness and quality first-hand.

Pete visits Cox Cactus Farm to pick out some cool cactus for the historic home remodel project in Paradise Valley. A lot of plants suffered from frost damage during winter, so Pete is careful to pick out the best plants to withstand cooler temperatures. He also shows you how to frame the main front entry by building a mini-stack wall. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but just have an old cool look.

Create a garden sculpture with blue tortilla cactus and build a symphony of plants using ocotillototem polegreat big Arizona organ pipeArgentinean giant, and few agaves. Add some color with purple verbena and desert marigolds. You can create a beautiful painting with existing cacti on your property as well mixing a touch of new colorful ones. All these plants become part of a symphony that makes a front yard landscape look great. See it now!

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Property Clean Up

Posted on: February 15th, 2015 by xmlrpc

The historic Paradise Valley home undergoes major transformation. Pete Curé cleans up property and gives you some pruning tips for your native plants such as palo verde, creosotes, and choyas. While Pete continues to work on site, we take a tour of the beautiful grounds at Hermosa Inn.

Did You Know: Lon’s Restaurant at the Hermosa Inn was the original home of Lon Megargee, who was perhaps Arizona’s first cowboy artist. Over the years it’s become a guest ranch and now it’s the Hermosa Inn where the owner, Fred Unger, hopes to welcome guests all over the world just like Lon used to do.

Hermosa Inn is hidden gem located in Paradise Valley on a very peaceful and quiet 6.5 acres. It’s comprised of 35 single-story casitas with fireplaces, gorgeous baths, and a look and feel of the early 1930s. It’s very small, private, and intimate – ideal for a wedding party or business affiliation. You can host a personal dinner party or a boardroom meeting — practically take over the whole property and make it your own.

Did You Know: Hermosa Inn recently added a spectacular underground wine cellar, boardroom, and library that many people feel was done by Lon Megargee himself in 1930s. Hurry to get your reservation today!

Hermosa Inn has excellent customer service that tailors to your individual needs. With a four-diamond restaurant that is well known for its excellent and artful American cuisine, you are sure to satisfy your appetite at Lon’s Restaurant. With a 1/2 acre organic garden that rotates seasonally, the menu at Lon’s changes regularly to reflect the freshest local ingredients. From ‘farm-to-table’ concept crafted by Executive Chef, Jeremy Pacheco, you will taste the freshness and quality first-hand.

 

Adobe Home

Posted on: February 15th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé takes you inside a legendary and historic adobe home built in 1920s by famous cowboy, Lon Megargee. Original architecture is unique and has a lot of character, though landscaping outside has been neglected over the years. This historic home deserves a little tender, love, and care. Pete starts by laying out the landscape design plan and project outline. He shares his thoughts with the homeowner, Fred Unger, on how to spruce up the property by building a gate, creating a botanical garden, and expanding a few pathways to make it safer and more enjoyable for his family and guests.

Did You Know: The original fountain, which is the centerpiece of the courtyard, was built in 1926.

Cactus Symphony

Posted on: February 15th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé shows you plants that don’t need a lot of care and still add drama, character, and depth to your yard. Create a garden sculpture with blue tortilla cactus and build a symphony of plants using ocotillo, totem pole, great big Arizona organ pipe, Argentinean giant, and few agaves. Add some color with purple verbena and desert marigolds. You can create a beautiful painting with existing cacti on your property as well mixing a touch of new colorful ones. All these plants become part of a symphony that makes a front yard landscape look great. See it now!

Learn About Cacti

Posted on: February 15th, 2015 by xmlrpc 1 Comment

Pete Curé visits Cox Cactus Farm to pick out some cool cactus for the historic home remodel project in Paradise Valley. A lot of plants suffered from frost damage during winter, so Pete is careful to pick out the best plants to withstand cooler temperatures.

Did You Know: Cox Cactus Farm carries only locally grown plants and 50 different agaves. It’s important to get Arizona-grown plants because of the Arizona climate. Though other plants may look better, more colorful, they won’t necessarily last as well in the local climate. For more information, please visit www.coxcactusfarm.com

Back at the historic project site, learn how to frame the main front entry by building a mini-stack wall. You can do it yourself this weekend. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but just have an old cool look. Check it out!

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Cox Cactus Farm LogoCox Cactus Farm prides themselves on having one of the Valley’s broadest availabilities of cacti, agaves, aloes, and euphorbias from one gallon to large specimen. They also grow shrubs and even broker to ensure every need is met with our unsurpassed customer service.

To contact Cox Cactus Farm, please click here, or call 480-220-1848 to receive more information.

Lawn to Garden – Pt3

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Join Pete Cure as he finishes a major backyard renovation — he’s turning a dry backyard into a beautiful botanical garden. (Part 3)

Lawn to Garden – Pt1

Posted on: January 25th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Join Pete Cure as he starts a major backyard renovation — he’s turning a dry backyard into a beautiful botanical garden. (Part 1)

Roses & Annuals

Posted on: January 18th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Join Pete Cure as he looks at a variety of roses and teaches us how to use them in different settings (formal/informal). Also, get some planting and pruning tips and learn how to use annuals to bring more color to your garden.

Sedona/Boynton Canyon

Posted on: January 11th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure looks back on a spectacular Sedona home surrounded by a National Forest and Red Rock cliffs. Also, get some construction tips from a Sedona-area builder.

Irrigation Install

Posted on: January 4th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shows you how to install an irrigation system. He includes a reduced pressure vacuum breaker, which feeds a one inch main line that goes throughout the whole property distributing water to each individual drip valve. He also shows you a great way to protect your irrigation project from desert animals and avoid losing a lot of water. It’s really important to have the proper irrigation and installation plan figured out so that your plants get the right amount of water.

While Pete finishes up the irrigation, we head over to Lon’s Restaurant at the Hermosa Inn. Jeremy Pacheco (Executive Chef) whips up a delicious dish for you. He makes stuffed squash blossoms with goat cheese and blistered shishito peppers. He also creates a tempura batter and shows you how to make a quick-and-easy citrus vinaigrette. Many of the ingredients (such as fresh chives and parsley) come straight from Lon’s garden. Other ingredients come from local farmers around the Valley.

Did You Know: With a 1/2 acre organic garden that rotates seasonally, the menu at Lon’s Restaurant changes regularly to reflect the freshest local ingredients. From ‘farm-to-table’ concept, customers will taste the freshness and quality first-hand.

For more information, please visit www.hermosainn.com/lons

Grand Materials Supply

Posted on: January 4th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Work continues at the historic home remodel. Pete Cure goes shopping for irrigation, granite, and lighting at Grand Materials & Supply, the Valley’s landscape superstore. First, he talks with Joe Bergeron about the variety of irrigation products their store offers. Together, they decide to install a drip irrigation system with new valves and control system. Pete shows you how to protect your irrigation system from being chewed up by desert animals like rabbits and squirrels.

While at Grand Materials & Supply, Pete picks out some granite for pathways that he’s creating on the historic property. He speaks with Derrick Boscarino who reviews the different types of granite they carry. The store can also order specialty products if needed – any size, any color. Derrick recommends using 1/4″ minus for Pete’s historic project. Madison gold is commonly used throughout the valley. Pete decides to have 50 tons of it delivered to the site. Creating these pathways will provide a tranquil way to enjoy the property.

Lastly, Pete talks with Alex Babb regarding proper lighting for the project. He hopes to light the driveway, pathways, some saguaros and nice old trees throughout the property. From halogen to LED lights, Alex reviews the benefits of each. He points out that less wire, less voltage, and smaller transformers are required with the new generation of lighting. With LEDs there is no need to change bulbs and they require very low maintenance for homeowners, which is a positive.

To get more info about Grand Materials & Supply, your one-stop shop, please call (480) 986-5800

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grand materials

Grand Materials & Supply, Inc. is a wholesale distributor of landscaping products and construction materials.  It sells a wide range of products such as irrigation parts, outdoor lighting, pavers, masonry supplies, cement products, flagstone, travertine, boulders, decorative rock, soil, mulch and all aggregates for outdoors projects, small or large, residential or commercial such as parking lots, roads, pipe lines flood control etc.

The company’s main office, showroom and materials yard is located in Surprise, Arizona, with satellite showrooms and materials yards in Scottsdale, Mesa and Chandler, ArizonaGrand Materials and Supply, Inc. operates a large fleet of dump trucks and flatbed trucks which are used to deliver customer orders to job sites.

Shopping for Pots

Posted on: January 4th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Work continues at the historic home remodel. In this episode, Pete Cure goes shopping for irrigation, granite, and lighting at Grand Materials & Supply. First, he talks with Joe Bergeron about the variety of irrigation products. Then, he picks out some granite for pathways that he’s creating on the historic property. He speaks with Derrick Boscarino who reviews the different types of granite products they carry. Lastly, Pete talks with Alex Babb regarding proper lighting for the project. He hopes to light the driveway, pathways, some saguaros and nice old trees on the site.

After shopping trip, Pete shows you how to install an irrigation system. It’s really important to have the proper irrigation and installation plan figured out so that your plants get the right amount of water. He also shows you a great way to protect your irrigation project from desert animals. While Pete’s finishing up the irrigation, we head over to Lon’s Restaurant at the Hermosa Inn for a delicious dish. Jeremy Pacheco (Executive Chef) makes stuffed squash blossoms with goat cheese and blistered shishito peppers.

Back at the project site, Pete Cure shows you how to add color to your yard in an easy and inexpensive way. You can also add layering effects to your pots by using tall and short plants in the same pots. Pete continues to work on the homeowner’s botanical-like garden by creating new pathways, which lead to seating areas and wildlife water feature. He lays down ¼ minus madison gold granite on the pathways that he bought earlier from Grand Materials & Supply. This particular granite helps give the area a natural Arizona native look.

Finally, Pete shows you how to attract desert animals in your own backyard. Using natural surroundings, you can build a wildlife water feature with large rocks and boulders. Add a trickle of water in your yard to mask nearby traffic by creating a small pond and installing a water pump. Sit at a nearby bench during the right time of day and you may even see javelinas, foxes, raccoons, squirrels, and rabbits run around. A wildlife water feature is a great addition to any landscape!