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A new formal entry court now welcomes visitors to our front door. Photo: Kirsten Honeyman

Last April 2,000 garden enthusiasts visited our Fresno property as part of the 2014 Master Gardener Spring Tour. We often welcome friends for brunch or dinner in the garden and even have an occasional garden party, but this level of sharing was out of the ordinary! By working steadily on a complete front yard makeover begun in February of 2013, we avoided any last minute panic in the weeks leading up to the tour and were ready to welcome visitors to our new garden.

Fresno is blessed with a lovely mediterranean climate that encourages outdoor living for most of the year. Spring and fall are simply spectacular. Winters are cool; rainy spells and occasional fog keep us inside but sunny days are plentiful during these months as well. Brutal summer heat, with daytime temperatures soaring above 100°F, drives us indoors, but once the sun sets we enjoy delightful, comfortable evenings in the garden.

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