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Over the Bougainvillea

Glorious color accompanies a glorious warm summer. Flowers abound profusely everywhere you look. Above you will find a photo of a lovely bougainvillea vine in Ponderosa, Silang, that was planted by Ma. Luisa Perez-Rubio over 15 years ago.

Unfortunately, with the summer, we are experiencing a water shortage. Many villages and residences in the greater Metro-Manila area are suffering from lack of water as the water companies are forced to shut down the dams to conserve precious water to last all these dry summer months — March, April and May — until hopefully the rains start in June. I urge all of you members of makati Garden Club to conserve your water. Teach your help not to turn on faucets full blast, and to take two-minute showers. Forget watering the lawn for now, as the grass will grow back when the rains come.

April is Earth Month. All the more we should be conscious of our environment. Makati Garden Club is celebrating Earth Day at Arroceros Forest Park on Saturday, April 13. It also happens to be the Arroceros Park’s 25th Anniversary under the care of the Winner Foundation. Let us all visit this ancient park by the Pasig River and help celebrate Earth Day. It is a lush riverside park in Ermita.

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EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
ARROCEROS FOREST PARK

659 A Antonio Villegas Street
Ermita, Manila
Saturday, April 13, 2019
10am - 4pm
Free Admission
Organic foods, crafts, plants and flowers for sale

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If you're enjoying the warm weather, you'll love these fab summer garden ideas. From furniture to lighting, flower and plants, we’ve it all covered.

One of the best things about summer is being able to spend more time out in the garden. Whether you’ve got a large expanse of lawn, a small oasis or a compact courtyard, get it ready for easy summer living, casual barbecues and busy summer garden parties, with our easy seasonal updates for summer gardens and patios.

Create a spot in your summer garden that’s perfect for sitting out in and enjoying the great Manila and suburbs weather, simply by introducing a new piece of garden furniture; a striped deckchair, a bright bench, or rattan love seat – it’s easy. Alternatively, you might like to transform your plot into a country summer garden fit for intimate tea parties with friends. Whether you’ll be sunning yourself alone or hosting a big gathering, read on for all the summer garden tips you need.

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1. Paint your furniture in bright colours
What better way to add a summer vibe to your garden than with hot pink, vibrant orange or even bright aqua? Old furniture will take on a fabulous new look with a coat of paint – make sure you use a formula designed for outdoor use. A mixture of colours, plus a natural wood finish, creates a relaxed feel on this pretty French-style terrace.

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2. Take advantage of a large patio
If you’re feeling ready for a bigger project, consider working a beautifully paved patio into your garden scheme. On warm summer days, you can fling open your patio doors (bi-folding preferably) and step out onto a stunning tiled area, ready for a relaxing time spent in your own wonderful outdoor haven. Planning a big summer garden party? Take your cue from this gorgeous outdoor oasis – comfy chairs, a relaxing swing seat and a practical path that links up the rest of the garden (no heels in the grass!) Perfect.

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3. Add cozy blankets and cushions
Layer up chairs with throws and cushions – they’re ideal for adding a bit of colour and for keeping warm (especially in Silang, Tagaytay or Baguio homes) when the sun goes down.

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4. Shine bright at night
A garden is the ideal place to escape the stresses and strains of life. Create an atmospheric party space with a statement water feature and clever garden lighting. Adding light will create an oasis of comfortable calm surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. A large table and plenty of potted plants make the patio feel welcoming.

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5. Go traditional
Classic furniture is perfect for adding a touch of charm to a simple patio. Wooden furniture is always a good choice in the garden, where its natural tones harmonise with the surroundings. Layer up cushions, table linen and napkins to make the look feel warm and inviting.

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6. Make a small space fabulous
Even if you’ve only got a tiny terrace or balcony, you can still create an amazing space. Bistro tables are perfect for compact gardens – add some potted plants for colour and greenery and, if possible, squeeze in a few flowerbeds.

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7. Have fun with a ping-pong table
For the ultimate party pad, create an entertainment space outside. Here a ping pong table takes pride of place on the slate patio.

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8. Get architectural with potted plants
If you’re having an informal get-together, a relaxed deck filled with large potted plants and a bench works well – great for an evening drinks party.

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9. Create a comfy corner
Swap traditional recliners for a large garden seating area with an outdoor corner sofa. This decking has been warmed up with clever planting and colourful cushions – perfect for a relaxed afternoon with friends.

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10. Take your furniture outside
Bringing indoor furniture outdoors will add an air of sophistication to your garden party. We think this mismatched French-style selection works a treat.

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11. Hang some festive bunting
No garden party would be complete without bunting. Setting two or three key colours against an all-white scheme gives it a fresh, contemporary edge.

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12. Get into the party spirit
A deep-bottomed tray will help you transport drinks from kitchen to guest without fear of spillage! Choose a pretty pastel colour for a festive summery touch.

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13. Keep little ones occupied
Put up a wigwam and pint-sized party-goers will camp out in it all day – leaving the grown-ups to enjoy their own fun.

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14. Light the way
Paper lanterns add instant atmosphere after dark. Use them to line the garden path, guiding your guests to and from the house.

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15. Be bold with print
Turn a small garden space into an exotic party area by hanging wallpaper from a fence or tree – this stunning ikat design evokes images of a Morrocan riad. If your space is uncovered, it might be best to bring the paper in at night, in case of rain.

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16. Recline in a hammock
Use natural fabrics for a casual look that will keep you cool. Here a pretty parasol provides plenty of shade, while soft chair covers and a luxurious hammock are great for relaxing.

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17. Put flowers centre stage
This gorgeous garden scene with fresh flowers, hanging baskets and potted plants is easy to recreate at home.

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