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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 56 N Puzzles, page 57 Home Front (continued on page 47) lin e at w w w .P al o Al to On lin e. co m A large Chinese elm, below, soon dominated a corner of Janet Bell’s front yard. Right, without the huge tree, sun can reach the roses, grass and other plants in front. Rethinking a MATURE GARDEN by Carol Blitzer Diamonds may be forever, but most plantings aren’t F iguring out how to assess a mature garden isn’t easy — even for a landscape designer. When Janet Bell and her husband bought their North Fair Oaks home in 1999, there was very little outside worth saving. So they set about reshaping the front yard and adding shade to the exposed back by planting two flowering pears. Although Bell suggests pruning trees about every three years, these soon grew to be 15 feet tall. (continued on page 47) Landscape designer Janet Bell examines a mature tree that she was considering removing last fall. Shawn Fender ON A HIGH NOTE ... The Foothill Auxiliary to Peninsula Family Service will hold its 13th annual “Holidays on a High Note” fundraiser on Monday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton. The highlight of the day is a presentation by Ikebana master Soho Sakai, and the fundraiser will also include holiday table settings, floral displays, a floral auction and a boutique marketplace. Tickets are $100, which includes lunch; advance reservations are required. Information: 650403-4300. on Shawn Fender BETTER VEGGIES ... Mark House, research-garden assistant manager at the Ecology Action Research Garden in Willits, Calif., will teach a class on “Using the Master Charts” to maximize growing vegetables on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Bring a copy of “How to Grow More Vegetables, 7th edition.” From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., he will teach “Seed Collection and Saving.” Cost for each class is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or, http://usingthemastercharts.eventbrite. com/ or http://seedcollectionandsaving.eventbrite. com/. so Galen Stolee WATERS ON WATER ... Roger Waters, owner of Roger Waters Environments that specializes in landscape water management, will discuss “Drought Tolerant Once Established” landscapes on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The lecture/demonstration will cover choosing drought-tolerant plants, micro-climates, soil, proper watering techniques and retrofitting an existing irrigation system. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $30 for members. Information: 650329-1356 or Al E M 52 HO GE EN PA OP IDE, GU HOME & REAL ESTATE PA L O A LT O W E E K LY *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ"V̜LiÀÊ£x]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 45

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