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Who: Don Vivatson of Alder Group Pool & Landscape
Where: Walnut Creek, California
In his own words: “Often homeowners are looking to convert their outdated backyard to one with added features so it feels like an extension of their home’s interior.”Californians are fortunate to have a climate that allows them to be outdoors most of the year. “Most homeowners want to take advantage of that and enjoy it; it continues a casual lifestyle outside,” says Don Vivatson, the owner of Alder Group Pool & Landscape, a design-build firm in Walnut Creek. He works with his clients to create outdoor spaces that help them do just that.
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Pool Slides: What’s Possible, Who Can Build It and What It Will Cost

These slippery slopes will make a splash and offer an exhilarating ride that’s the stuff of childhood dreams

By: Matt Clawson

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I was recently meeting with clients to discuss a rear yard landscape plan, and their 7-year-old son was sitting in. To keep him busy, they cued up Houzz on their iPad and let the boy’s imagination run wild through a photo search. What was he looking at? Pool slides, of course.

The kid in me got my mind racing, too. Who doesn’t love a good water slide? But while a slide is every child’s fantasy, it’s the adults who will be the ones with a lot to consider before incorporating a slide into their pool project.

Here’s a look at what you’ll want to know before you decide to build your own pool slide.

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Lafayette Home Expo ’13

Don Vivatson, Owner of Alder Group Pool & Landscape Co. participated in
the Lafayette Home Expo ’13 this weekend 1/27/13. Alder Group is a Design and
Construction Company that services Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Danville, Alamo, San Ramon and the surrounding San Franisco Bay Area.

Home Expo 13

For the second year in a row.  Alder Pool and Landscape has been proud to make our presents at the Lamorinda Home Expo Show.  This year’s event will be on Sunday, January 27, 2013.  10 a.m.- 4 p.m.  at the Veteran’s Memorial Building.  3780 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

We will be there to meet and greet all attendees.  See you there!

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Houzz Call: Tell Us About Your Dream House

Let your home fantasy loose-the sky’s the limit, and we want to hear all about it.

By Vanessa Brunner

Most of us have ideas for our dream home stashed away somewhere — whether in the junk drawer, ideabooks or the backs of our heads. Now I’m not talking about the practical stuff, like new hardwood floors or kitchen counters. I’m talking about your ultimate home fantasies. They may or may not be feasible, they might not be remotely based in reality, but that doesn’t mean they can’t happen … one day.

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Great Design Plant: California Poppy

Fall Planting: California’s state flower offers a glorious spring show and spreads readily in gardens under the right conditions.

By Bill Marken

Although California wildflowers are alarmingly threatened in their natrual habitats, a number of them perform beautifully- if quirkily-in home gardens.  In fact, the wildflower that’s easiest to grow is also the best known and the most in-your-face gorgeous: the California poppy, either in its shimmering, golden natural form (first photo) or numerous “improved” types. 

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California Gardener’s November Checklist

By Bill Marken

In a season of traditions, let’s take advantage of California’s familiar-as well as quirky- planting opportunities.

Other than the smell of a turkey roasting in the oven or the sight of a quarterback tossing a football to a receiver in the flat, nothing makes me feel better about November than a persimmon tree fully loaded with gleaming orange fruit among foliage turning a matching color.


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Moraga Juniors Annual Garden Tour

Alder Group is proud and honored to showcase 2 of the 5 spectacular Lamorinda Gardens to be presented by the Moraga Junior Women’s Club. The tour will take place on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 10 am – 3 pm and will showcase 5 spectacular Lamorinda Gardens.

In 2010, our garden tour broke attendance records by 30% and sold over 600 tickets through our membership and 3 ticket outlets at Orchard Nursery, McDonnell Nursery and Across the Way. Between sponsorships, advertising, and funds generated from ticket sales, we were able to donate over $25,000 to the Food Bank of CCSC and Farm 2 Kids.

As this event is our largest annual fundraiser, our target for 2012 is to raise at least $25,000 to donate to STAND! For Families Free of Violence. As the only comprehensive family violence prevention agency in Contra Costa County, Stand! assists more than 11,000 clients annually by providing comprehensive prevention, intervention, and treatment services to end the cycle of violence and child abuse. The funds raised by the garden tour will go directly to support the onsite, emergency shelter Therapeutic Child Care (TCC) program. The TCC program helps children heal from trauma and develop social and academic skills needed for success. These funds are especially vital this year to Stand!, as First 5 of Contra Costa, the primary funding source for TCC, has eliminated funding due to State budget cuts. We have a unique opportunity to support this important program in the upcoming year.

As we continually strive to build on our reputation of producing the premier charitable event of this kind in our area, we look to you, our local business owners, for your continued partnership and support in sponsorship and advertising opportunities. Your participation is paramount in reaching our fundraising goal…and will have lasting impact on our community.

As members of your local community and women working to improve the quality of life for families and children in our area, we thank you for your consideration & support.


Zoraya Garcia
Office Manager
Alder Group Pool & Landscape
925-933-3848 phone
925-935-2898 fax

First Annual Home Expo for the Lamorinda Community

We hope you can join us at the first annual Home Expo for the Lamorinda Community to be held on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Lafayette Events Center (formerly the Veteran’s Memorial Building). The main goal of the event is to bring together private businesses, local residents, government entities and services in one space to aid residents and provide information about home-related services and products. The Expo is free to the public!

Click here to download the Sponsorship and Exhibitor Registration Form to register and find out detailed information on each opportunity. You can find additional information and register online at