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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 7A BIG SPRINGS, from page 6A Visitors can also enjoy a buf- fet lunch Wednesday through Friday, a barbecue dinner Fri- day evening with live music and hors d'oeuvres, and Sun- day brunch. Visitors dine on a terrace overlooking the pond, with the sound of a waterfall and soft music in the background. On my Thursday visit, lunch included barbecued salmon, a variety of salads, fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, as well as Swedish meatballs. Iced tea, lemonade and coffee are includ- ed in the lunch price, and wine and beer are available. Diners needed to save room for dessert, which included car- rot cake, brownies, peach cob- bler and ice cream. The peach cobbler alone was worth the price of admission. Phillips encourages visitors to take advantage of the beauti- ful setting and the home-cooked food. This Friday evening, the Kepple Family, of Quincy, will perform. Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 5 p.m followed by dinner at 6. Reservations are required. The future Phillips is worried about the future of Big Springs Gardens. The 88-year-old wants to ensure that it will be available for fu- ture generations to enjoy. He wants to set up a founda- tion to run it in the future and fears that if he dies before the foundation becomes a reality the property would sell to a pri- vate individual and be closed to the public. Phillips has two grandsons, but both men, who are in their late 20s, have careers that don't lend themselves to maintaining such a property. Phillips and a crew of a dozen or so work from snowmelt to snowfall to keep the grounds in their pristine condition. "It's extremely difficult to take on an area as remote as this," Phillips said. "There's no one in the family who could do it." Each year, Phillips sends out personal letters to 3,000 people on his mailing list and he broached the idea of a founda- tion. "There are people who want to see it happen," Phillips said. "But it's going to take a major donation or two." This winter, Phillips plans to focus on the foundation and on completing the book that he is writing on the gardens. "I feel the urgency to get this done," he said. But last Thursday as he was enjoying lunch with his part- ner of 18 years, Claudette, and a group of friends, there was no sense of urgency. Just a man who was enjoying the fruits of his labor. Don Phillips becomes passionate when he talks about Big Springs Gardens, the lush paradise he created on his property near Bassetts Station. He opened his property to the public in 2002 because he wanted to share its beauty. Now the 88-year-old is thinking about the future and how to best preserve it for future generations to enjoy. Don Phillips' home, which he built in 1998, often confuses visitors to Big Spring Gardens, who assume that it's a lodge. Though he tries to keep the doors locked, he has returned home to find people sitting inside. His picture windows provide a spectacular view of the pond, the picturesque bridge, wildflowers and the towering Sierra Buttes. Photos by Debra Moore A group of ladies from El Dorado Hills known as the "Backwoods Babes" enjoy lunch on the terrace at Big Springs Garden. After a lunch of smoked salmon, salads, seasonal fruits and homemade peach cobbler, they were ready to tackle the trails. From left: Karen Rain, Barbara Hix, Dolores Sherry and Susan O'Farrell, precious belongings & our sanity! Our ::: animals thank ou tool - y You're the best! , Jack & Judy Most passenger cars & light trucks. Diesels extra but ask about our new lower prices on diesel oil changes. (plus Recycle Fee & Sales Tax) PROVEN * Most passenger cars & light trucks. Lubrication Products * Diesels extra but ask about Service Includes up to our new lower prices 5 qts Premium CAM2 Oil on diesel oil changes. And, we'll inspect: Air Filter * ~re Pressure Wiper Blades Windshield Washer Fluid Alignment Wear Cabin Filter Transmission Fluid CV Axle Boots Brake Fluid Power Steering Fluid Shocks/Struts Coolant Recovery Differential Fluid Serpentine Belt Reservoir Fluid Fast, Friendly Service! Monday - Friday 8am 6pm Saturday 8am - 5pm 116 E. Main, Horton Tire Center Saturday, gust 11th 2012 7PM to 8:30PM at" The Graeagle Fire Hall Our special guest speaker will be Sam Paredes, Executive Director of Gun Owners of California. Sam Paredes has been working with Gun Owners of Califomia for over 30 years and has been Executive Director for the past 11 years. GOC is a non-profit/obbying organization formed to protect and preserve our Second Amendment rights in Ca/ifomia. Sam is also Director of GOC Campaign Committee which is dedicated to defeating anti-gun po/iticians and rep/acing them with so/id pro-gun/eaders. Please come if you believe in: Establishing Fiscal Responsibility Constitutionally Limited Government Support for our Free Markets This is a non-partisan group, YOU are invited. For more information, contact: Dave and Sandy Hopkins: (530) 823-2310 Bill and Lynn Desjardin: (530) 832-0600 See our new web page at: % !