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April 10, 2015 (Alpine) – The 18th annual Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour on May 1-3 will feature five private home gardens plus a hummingbird haven and a raptor rehabilitation facility for close-up viewing of wildlife.

You can also stroll walk through a vineyard, saunter through a sprawling old hacienda’s grounds, relax beside a bubbling creek in an outdoor living room, chill-out in an artist’s casita with talking parrots, mosey with monarchs in a butterfly way station, and stroll through a former swimming pool transformed into a succulent garden.

The tour includes water-wise plants such as succulents and native plants from Australia, the Mediterranean and California, as well as garden art, plant sales, garden-related vendors, live music, demonstrations, live butterfly releases, Kruisin’ Kritters Reptiles & Insects, a silent auction and drawings.

The gardens are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 1-3, rain or shine. In addition, live Monarch butterfly releases will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 at 12 noon at Barons Market in the Alpine Creek Shopping Center, 1347 Tavern Road in Alpine.

Alpine, California was the first community wildlife habitat in the nation by declaration of the National Wildlife Federation on May 1, 1998.

Tickets ($20 at the door, or $17.50 by April 15) and a preview of the gardens are available at http:/

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