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Home&Real Estate OPEN HOME GUIDE 54 Also online at Home Front YOGA FOR GARDENERS ... Patricia Becker, director at the Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center and a certified Anusara Yoga teacher, will offer a class on “Yoga for Gardeners” on Saturday, May 7, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class deals with poses to align and care for shoulders, knees, hips and back; bring a yoga mat or big bath towel. Cost is $15. Information: 650-493-6072 or or http:// REVISIT A GARDEN ... Ken Schoppet, the Los Altos-based landscape architect who designed Hannaston (which was on the recent Gamble Garden spring tour), will talk about the garden on Wednesday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. Size of the class is limited because it will be held in a private garden, and the address of the garden will be given after registration. The class will deal with how existing plants were enlarged after the home was renovated, why specific plants were selected, and the color palette. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-3291356 or T (continued page 43) Rosemary Wells Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or e-mail cblitzer@paweekly. com. Deadline is Thursday at 5 p.m. by Kareem Yasin he two sand-colored buildings that make up the Schleins’ Menlo Park home are cushioned by a lush array of lavender, orange and olive-green vegetation that instantly captures a summery, Mediterranean feel. But while the sea is nowhere to be seen, an interesting island motif emerges in the multi-purpose layout of the sprawling back garden. “Linda Schlein has a terrific sense of color and composition,” says landscape architect Rosemary Wells, who designed the entry courtyard, patios and plantings when the home was first built in 2000. Since the home was expanded by its owners, the garden has evolved into a series of interlinked “outdoor rooms,” with each lending itself to a unique purpose. Now the garden is one of a select 300 in 18 states that will be made open to the public over the course of the year as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program. Visitors on May 7 will be treated to what Wells described as a “3D painting” made up of Rosemary Wells FREE E-WASTE RECYCLING ... GreenCitizen, at 161 Homer Ave., Palo Alto, will accept almost any old electronics — including monitors, TV sets, desktop and laptop computers, printers, fax machines, copiers, cell phones, stereo equipment and microwave ovens — through May 31. Smallerscale items, such as printer cartridges, CDs, DVDs and compact fluorescent light bulbs can also be dropped off. Information (and complete list of acceptable items): N Evergreen garden vignettes take full advantage of summer Rosemary Wells FROM THE GROUND UP ... A free workshop, “Bay-Friendly Gardening from the Ground Up,” will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The workshop will cover backyard composting, sheet mulching and other soil techniques. The program is made possible by the Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition. Information: or 650-496-5910 to pre-register and find out location. A peek into private gardens Top, Tall spiky Red-Hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria) dominates the foreground in the Schlein front yard, along with a California pepper tree on the left and an olive tree on the right. Above left, Behind the bench is spurge, with Kangaroo Paw ‘Orange Cross’ in front and Japanese Variegated Sedge on either side. Above right, A wave of colorful plants includes purples Lavender ‘Hidcote’ and Sage ‘Mainacht’ and oranges Spurge ‘Fireglow’ and Peruvian Lily. Juliana Lee & Jeff Keller The Experts in Navigating Your Local and Global Real Estate Market. Call them today 650-857-1000 • *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ>ÞÊÈ]ÊÓ䣣ÊU Page 41

Palo Alto Weekly 05.06.2011 - Section 2

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