California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter
May 2019 Newsletter
by Lori Bright
May 11, 2019 Meeting: Barbara and Mathew Forbes' Gardens
Today we visited the lovely residence of Barbara and Matthew Forbes. Not only was their property
fruitful, but a rose-lovers haven as well. May was the perfect month to visit the Forbes’ home. Entering
their 2 acre multi-layered residence we are first greeted with Roses, Beautiful Roses that you can see
half way down the street. All the plants on the property seemed to be growing with great exuberance.
Back in 2004 Barb and her husband had settled on a more Northerly location to retire. They had just come down our way for a visit and Bike Ride. (They are not only Gardeners, but Bike Riders and Contra Dancers too…..way cool couple!)
During their visit to Paso Robles they were taken with our beautiful area and climate. They were
smitten. They skipped out on their original retirement location and that very week began the purchase
of their new Paso Robles Dream Retirement Home.
From childhood Barb loved to garden and it really shows today. Their property came with Roses, Apples, Pears, Plums, Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Persimmon, Pomegranate and more. Once moved in they added their own Fruit Trees, Roses, Veggie Garden, Iris’ and other lovely Ornamental Perennials. They did find that they would have some challenges. Due to drought and the local vineyards, their well had become less reliable and they had to sink it deeper.
They have that ongoing fight with squirrels and gophers. (We all feel your pain on that issue.) The Forbes’ have adorable goats that help with the weeds. Barb had a property overrun with mint (a gardener's worst nightmare next to Bermuda grass). They keep a compost heap. Matt has recently incorporated rain barrels and a grey water system too. Geeze, where do they find the time and energy to Bike and Contra Dance??? ☺
Like all really good gardeners, Barb and Matt “Push their Zone” by having some Tropical plants, (in a climate that has hit 8 degrees, mind you!) such as Citrus. They cover these Tropicals and put lights under them in Winter. They seem to meet all these challenges with optimism and a smile. What an amazing couple! Thank you Barb and Matt, you two were such a pleasure to get to know and your home was gorgeous.
- You'll now find information about Jujubes and Macadamias on the Fruiting Plants that Grow in the Central Coast Area page. Check it out!
- The Orchard History page has been updated with April 20, 2019 Work Day information.
May Update from the SLO Ag Commissioner
Joe Sabol provided this "Update from the San Luis Obispo Agricultural Commissioner - May 2019"