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Home&Real Estate OPEN HOME GUIDE 60 Also online at Home Front RARE RHODIES ... Unusual rhododendrons — maybe with yellow flowers? — will be included in the annual De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society plant sale on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. The sale takes place at the intersection of State and Main streets in Los Altos, near the Citibank building. Information: LAWN ALTERNATIVES ... Dave Phelps will talk about “WaterEfficient Lawn Alternatives & Introduction to Integrated Pest Management” on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. The free class is offered by the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency. Information: 650-3493000 for exact location in Menlo Park. EARTH DAY GARDEN ... Jody Main, organic food and garden writer, will teach a class on “Growing an Earth Day Garden” on Saturday, April 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class focuses on spring crops, such as lettuce, carrots and beets, and getting ready for summer with tomatoes, peppers and beans. Cost is $38 plus a $5 materials fee. Information: 650-493-6072 or www. or FROM PALATIAL TO PLAYFUL NATIVE PLANT SALE ... Native plants, seeds and bulbs — as well as plant books, posters and note cards — will be for sale on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hidden Villa Ranch, CNPS Nursery, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. The sale is organized by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Parking is free; cash or checks only for purchases; bring boxes to carry plants home. Information:, cnps_scv@, 650-260-3450 NATIVE GARDEN TOUR ... The 9th annual Native Garden Tour, a self-guided tour of waterwise, low-maintenance, bird- and butterfly-friendly gardens that are landscaped with California native plants, will be held on Sunday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Peninsula. Free admission, but registration is required before noon on April 17, or when the tour reaches capacity. Information: or e-mail info@ RHODIES IN GERMANY ... Bob Weissman will be featured in a free program on how rhododendrons thrive in Germany at the next meeting of the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society on Wednesday, April 20, (continued on page 49) story by Carol Blitzer | photographs by Mick Briscoe Gamble Garden spring tour inspires gardeners with a range of designs P eering through the tall arched wrought-iron garden gate, one gets a glimpse of a hedge-defined parterre garden room, a seating area with Luyten-style benches, and a path leading up to a fountain before broad limestone front steps. The formal entry sets the tone for the Hannas’ Crescent Park home, one of five gardens included on this year’s Gamble Garden Spring Tour on April 29 and 30. The theme this year is “Outdoor Living in Palo Alto — Fine Landscape Design for California Lifestyles.” Working with Los Altos-based landscape designer Ken Schoppet, Barbara and John Hanna evolved their 1926 Birge Clarkdesigned Mediterranean home to a more formal, Italianate feel. Today, buff-colored limestone replaces the old brick and aggregate pathways. Five more trees were added to the original six graceful Maytens, which remind Barbara Hanna of her Southern Clockwise, from above: A variety of plants thrive in stone containers near the hot tub; a series of arches was added to the back yard, separating patio and pool; stone statuary abounds, from the memorial to a beloved cat to “Spring” or “Summer” with carved roses. (continued on page 47) *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ«ÀˆÊ£x]ÊÓ䣣ÊU Page 45

Palo Alto Weekly 04.15.2011 - Section 2

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