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Home&Real Estate Home Front CAMELLIA SHOW ... The 51st annual Camellia Flower Show & Plant Sale, put on by the San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society, will be held 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18-19, at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. The free event features a display of 1,000 blooms, sale of hard-to find plants, camellia workshops (“Renovating Old Camellias” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and “Maintaining Healthy Camellias for Shape and Bloom” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday), as well as a display of ikebana arrangements. The show is co-sponsored by the Redwood City Parks and Recreation Department. Information: Also online at Clockwise, from top: Deva Luna plucks the leaves from peppercress, an edible weed found growing in a community garden on Arastradero Road; peppercress, an edible weed, can be found in local gardens; miner’s lettuce; and an edible weed salad is composed of dandelion and mustard greens, miner’s lettuce, pansies and bell pepper (for color). Deva Luna shows how to make weeds into a tasty meal Veronica Weber RUMMAGE SALE ... The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Auxiliary holds a rummage sale on the third Friday of the month (11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 17) and the following Saturday, Feb. 18) (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at 1228 Douglas Ave., Redwood City. Information: 650-497-8332 Open HOME Guide 38 ALL ABOUT LAWNS ... UC Master Gardeners will give a free talk, “All About Lawns: Lawn Care & Replacing Your Lawn” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Designed for both those who tend their own lawns and for those with landscaping services, the talk will include tips on saving water and replacement options, such as lowwater grasses, other ground covers, trees, shrubs and flowering plants. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or n 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 email Deadline is Thursday at 5 p.m. by Eric Van Susteren M any people see dandelions, miner’s lettuce, mallow and peppercress as garden nuisances deserving a liberal squirt of herbicide. Master gardener Deva Luna sees them as lunch. To her, these common household weeds are the perfect components to a tasty salad: She values dandelion for its bitterness, peppercress for its spicy watercress-like bite, and miner’s lettuce for its delicate flavor and texture. She will teach a class on identifying, harvesting, cooking and eating common garden weeds at Common Ground Education Center on Feb. 18. The class will include which plants to eat or reject, tasty recipes and harvesting tips. “I think people love the idea Veronica Weber ALL ABOUT MAPLES ... Bruce Andrews of Grateful Gardens Landscaping Co. will address the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22. His topic is aesthetic pruning of Japanese maples and other plants. The group meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information: Veronica Weber BRAIDED RUGS, BASKETS ... Arlene Magarian will teach a workshop on “Braided Rug & Basket Making” from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the FabMo Workshop Annex, 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. A simple technique will be demonstrated to start a project — rug, seat mat, pet bed, basket, meditation/dance mat, for example — from recycled materials. Cost is $40. Information:, click on workshops. How sweet it isn’t of getting back to nature and eating locally,” she said. “And you can’t eat more locally than right out of your back yard.” Luna tasted her first weed when she was 4 years old at her grandparents’ dairy farm in Fond Du Lac, Wisc. — the place where she said she first grew close to nature. The Great Depression had instilled in her grandparents an importance in autonomy, and they ate just about everything they grew, including weeds. In some ways, Luna follows in her grandparents’ footsteps. But Silicon Valley is not Fond Du Lac. “I’m not trying to live off the land,” said Luna, who has 38 chickens, 90 fruit and nut trees, and a huge garden at her property outside San Jose. “I mean, realistically, I live in Silicon Valley. I do go to the supermarket but I also like to live more naturally and healthfully.” Luna has worked with gardens and plants for most of her life. She earned a self-made (continued on page 32) Palo Alto Weekly • February 17, 2012 • Page 29

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