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Home&Real Estate OPEN HOME GUIDE 48 Also online at Home Front GARDEN SUCCESS ... Patricia Evans, Natural Landscape Design, will teach a free workshop on “California Plants for Every Garden,” on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The workshop, offered by City of Palo Alto Utilities and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency, includes information on selecting plants that need little water, as well as soil preparation and garden maintenance. Information: 650-329-2241 or www. Jim Evans EXTRA FRUIT? ... Village Harvest will come and pick your fruit-laden trees and (continued on page 37) LOOKING TO GO NATIVE? Jim Evans FOOD FOR THE FUTURE ... Damon P. Miller II, Carol Cox and Robin Mankey will teach a class called “Food for the Future, Now” on Saturday, April 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will focus on 13 crops that can be grown from seed, which sustain people and soil. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or or Jim Evans TREE WALK ... Arborist Ruben Green will lead a free tree walk near the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo on Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. to noon, meeting at 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Information: Jim Evans MANAGING PESKY PESTS ... UC Master Gardeners David Peterson and Judith Cody will talk about “Integrated Pest Management” on Saturday, April 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The free workshop will deal with eco-friendly ways to control pests without using toxic petrochemicals. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or Going Native Garden Tour inspires gardeners who want to save water, cut down on maintenance by Zohra Ashpari he distinctive aroma of native plants to gardener Jim Evans recalls memories of his youth, hometown and vacations to the Channel Islands off the coast near Ventura. In his front yard, the scent emitted by the mallow and purple sage allows him to relive treasured experiences on a daily basis. Evans will share his enthusiasm for his native garden by opening his home to visitors on April 17. His Todd Street garden in Mountain View will be among the 70 gardens in 10 Peninsula cities on this year’s Going Native Garden Tour, sponsored by the California Native Plant Society. “This is a great opportunity — a one-day event for the general public to see native T plants in private gardens, learn about them and also buy them for their own gardens,” Arvind Kumar, board member of the California Native Plant Society, said. The tour takes place during California Native Plant Week, April 17-23, which is devoted to encouraging citizens to “undertake appropriate activities to promote the conservation, restoration and appreciation of California’s native plants,” he said. The British have been growing native plants for nearly 200 years; then the Spanish and the Italians, he added. “Our plants are known worldwide. We want them to be well known and grown in California as well,” Kumar said. Evans has already gained an in-depth Native plants abound in the Jim Evans’ Mountain View garden, which will be on tour during the Going Native Garden Tour on April 17. Colorful natives include (from top) Hummingbird sage, sulphur buckwheat and California iris. (continued on page 35) Juliana Lee & Jeff Keller The Experts in Navigating Your Local and Global Real Estate Market. Call them today 650-857-1000 • *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ«ÀˆÊn]ÊÓ䣣ÊU Page 33

Palo Alto Weekly 04.08.2011 - Section 2

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