Issuu on Google+

INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 46 N Puzzles, page 47 Home Front Al so on lin E M 40 HO GE EN PA OP IDE, GU HOME & REAL ESTATE PA L O A LT O W E E K LY e at w w w .P al o Al to On lin e. co m ORCHID CARE ... Mark Pendleton, managing grower of Brookside Orchids in Menlo Park, will teach a class on “Orchid Care” on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. Focus is on care and feeding, as well as repotting demonstrations. Cost is $50 for nonmembers, $40 for members. Information: Call 650-364-8300 or visit www. BEST-TASTING FRUITS ... Nancy Garrison, who oversees the rare-fruit plantings at Prusch Farm Park in San Jose, will teach a class on “Fruit Tree Varieties” on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Garrison will talk about the best-tasting local varieties of peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots, apricots, apples and pears. Cost is $31. Information: Call 650-493-6072 or visit www. or http://fruittreevarieties.eventbrite. com/. GIFTS FROM THE GARDEN ... UC Master Gardener Vera Kark February Golds are among the close to a million daffodils expected to be blooming during the Filoli’s Daffodil Daydreams celebration in late February. Below, Lucy Tolmach, Filoli’s director of horticulture, will give a talk called “Dancing with Daffodils” during the February event. by Barbara Wood t could be argued, especially by those of us who read seed catalogs for pleasure and drool over new plant introductions, that Lucy Tolmach, as Filoli’s director of horticulture, has the best job in the world. She gets paid to plan things such as where to plant the 72,000 new daffodil bulbs that were added this year to the garden’s collection of close to a million daffodils. The cheery spring bloomers will be celebrated at Filoli in a special program called Daffodil Daydreams from Friday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 28. Programs range from classes on assembling mosaics from broken china and demonstrations of flower arranging and painting, to children’s craft workshops. Tolmach will give a talk titled “Dancing with Daffodils” at 2:30 p.m. on Friday and the Northern California Daffodil Society will be present to answer questions and hand out information. For the past 33 years Tolmach has worked in the gardens of the grand 654acre Woodside estate, which was left to the National Trust for Historic Preservation by Lurline Matson Roth. Not only does Tolmach work in what many believe is one of the world’s most beautiful gardens, but she and her husband also live on the grounds as do a handful of other Filoli employees. In fact, Lucy and Jonathan Tolmach, who is Filoli’s head of maintenance, met while working at Filoli. I Nearly a million blooms highlight Filoli’s ‘Daffodil Daydreams’ event Vivian Wong DISPLAY GARDENS ... Don Wallace of Singing Tree Gardens in McKinleyville, Calif., will speak to the Garden Club of Los Altos on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos. His topic is “Creating a Display Garden Nursery, Using Our Favorite Plants and Plant Combinations.” Guests pay $5. Information: Call 650-964-7614. Vivian Wong BACK TO BASICS ... Hazel White, author of 11 gardening books and a poet, will offer a class called “Beginning (Again) in the Garden” on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The workshop is designed to help people understand why they garden by exploring childhood memories, looking at the role of growing food or taking care of the land, as well as seeking personal meaning. Participants should bring writing materials to help plan their garden. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $30 for members. Information: Call 650-329-1356 or visit www. Lucy Tolmach started her job a mere six months after Filoli was opened to the public in 1976. She admits it was love at first sight. “It really was,” she says, even though that first sight was in the winter and little was even in bloom. In those early days there were only six gardeners on the payroll instead of the 14 Tolmach now oversees, and the entire garden was watered with nothing but eight hoses that had to be moved from place to place every 20 minutes. A volunteer program was started in 1977, with 10 original garden volunteers. There now are 10 times that many helping in the garden, with a total of 1,200 volunteers overall. Many of those volunteers, Tolmach says, have been at Filoli longer than most of the staff members. One thing that has been at Filoli longer than even Tolmach is daffodils. “This garden was planted during the great daffodil renaissance,” Tolmach says. Nearly 100 years ago, when the gardens at Filoli were originally planted, daffodils were extremely popular and were being planted in masses on many large estates. Many of Filoli’s original daffodils, which were new introductions at the time, are still growing where they were originally planted, but now labeled heirlooms. While new daffodils are planted (continued on page 31) (continued on page 33) *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊiLÀÕ>ÀÞÊ£™]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 29

Palo AltoWeekly 02.19.2010 - Section 2

Related publications