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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 51 N Puzzles, page 52 Home Front CLARIFICATION ... Fees and discounts at Palo Alto’s community gardens have changed as of July 1, 2010. The new cost is 40 cents a square foot. Current gardeners with fee reductions will keep those until they expire, according to Catherine Bourquin, garden program coordinator. The new rules offer fee reductions to students 17 and under, disabled people and seniors. Information: 650-4965980 or catherine.bourquin@ FABMO GIVEAWAY ... FabMo will be giving away fabrics and more on Friday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the FabMo Creativity Center, 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Everyone is welcome, but access is by appointment only (e-mail gather. Volunteers are needed to help sort the goods (e-mail A special sale of donated items, including glass table tops, tile assemblies, chandeliers and furniture, is set for Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: Al so on E M 46 HO GE EN PA OP IDE, GU HOME & REAL ESTATE PA L O A LT O W E E K LY lin e at w w w .P al oA lto aO nl in e. co m .PSFUIBOBTIJQJOBCPUUMF TERRARIUMS PROVIDE MINIATURE LANDSCAPES IN SEE-THROUGH CONTAINERS by Carolyn Copeland hile growing plants outdoors may be a fun hobby for some, terrariums have found their way back into popularity since their peak in the 1970s. These detailed miniature greenhouses are the perfect project for anyone willing to get their hands dirty. The best part about making them? All you need is some creativity, the right equipment and a little bit of instruction. Mykel Newton can help with all of those things at her class called “Terrariums, the Art and Science,” on Saturday, Aug. 21 at Filoli in Woodside. The class will highlight the history of terrariums, the best plants to use and how to make them flourish. Class fee includes a glass vessel, soil ingredients, a variety of indoor plants and accessories, such as mushroom birds, rocks and decorative moss for building small landscapes. “One of the most rewarding aspects of the class is that a lot people come in thinking they’re not creative and then they walk away with a smile on their face because they proved themselves wrong,” she said. “People don’t realize that they’re perfectly capable of making these things.” And, of course, keeping them alive after class. When it comes to taking care of a terrarium, Newton stresses the importance of learning the plant’s growth habits. “You need to understand the needs of the plant,” she said. “You need to do this in order for them to thrive. Terrariums are very low-maintenance. All you need are the basic materials: light, water and soil. Part of what I’m also going 8 (continued on page 39) WORMS EAT GARBAGE ... “Let Worms Eat Your Garbage” is the name of the next Gardening from the Ground Up workshop, to be held on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Palo Alto residents will be eligible for a voucher to buy a reduced-cost Biostack™ compost bin after attending the workshop. The fee is $20, which includes a Bay-Friendly Gardening book. Information: Santa Clara County Home Composting Program at 408918-4640 or GARDEN KNOW-HOW ... David Kirby of Monrovia Nursery will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Garden Club of Los Altos, to be held Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos. Information: 650-964-7614. GROWING ALLIUMS ... UCCE Master Gardener Sue Zaslaw will offer a free talk on how to A variety of indoor plants, including orchids, will thrive in terrariums. Mykel Newton’s class on Aug. 21 at Filoli will include glass containers and plants to build mini-landscapes. Photos by Mykel Newton. (continued on page 41) *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÕ}ÕÃÌÊÓä]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 37

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