Butterflies Find a Home at Fredericka Manor

His nickname may be Hoppy, but to many at Fredericka Manor, Howard Weiss is also affectionately known as the "butterfly whisperer," a well-suited moniker that describes his passion for saving the community's dwindling monarch population. "Butterflies have always been native to Fredericka Manor," Hoppy says. "The community's lush landscape is perfect for a butterfly waystation and safe house. Just like us, they are a sign of freedom. Within the first ten seconds of flight, butterflies lea…

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Craig Sumner: From Landscaper to Fredericka Manor Executive Director

Fredericka Manor Executive Director Craig Sumner remembers when he first applied for a position at the Chula Vista community, how he initially did not get the job and how a visit to the barber may have helped launch his successful career. Craig was born in Preston, England, but at a young age, he moved with his family to Chula Vista, where he attended Rosebank Elementary School, just a few blocks east of Fredericka Manor. "I was studying at Southwestern College and was looking for par…

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Residents Contribute to Lush Landscape at Fredericka Manor

Annual Secret Garden Festival highlights residents' creativity and imagination Fredericka Manor is known for its lush landscape, featuring more than 500 trees, including many rare and ornamental species. Hundreds of shrubs, flowers and succulents also dot the 24-acre community, many blooming year around creating a serene oasis that has been likened to heaven on earth! Choose to walk down any path at Fredericka any time of year and witness an explosion of color and leafy vegetation.&nb…

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Fredericka Manor Residents Follow Family Tradition

During Ardith Eaton's residency at Fredericka Manor, her son, Rick, looked forward to their frequent visits. Rick not only enjoyed their mother son time together, but the two often reminisced about how Rick's grandfather fell in love with Fredericka Manor decades earlier. "Mom and I used to laugh about how during the 1970s my grandfather, who lived here for 10 years, used to always say ... living at Fredericka Manor was like living like a millionaire," Rick said. "My mom lived happily h…

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