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Home&Real Estate OPEN HOME GUIDE 40 Also online at Home Front MIDTOWN GARDEN TOUR ... The Midtown Green Team is offering a native and edible garden tour at the home of Radhika Thekkath, a native plant designer and gardening enthusiast, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26. The garden tour will highlight the use of native plants, incorporating vegetables and fruits and recycling in the garden. Information (and address): POP-UP PLANT FAIR ... Representatives from four small, local nurseries (Carman’s Nursery, Cole Canyon Farm, Gold Rush Nursery and Terra Sole Nurseries) will be on hand to answer questions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. A percentage of sales goes to Common Ground. Information: 650-493-6072 or www. SERIOUS SALADS ... Cindy Roberts will teach a class on “Serious Salads” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, in Room 103 of Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class begins with a balsamic vinegar taste test, then moves on to mussel and celery salad, chutney chicken salad and barley salad with tomatoes and olives. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or GARDEN CLUB GRANTS ... The Garden Club of Palo Alto awarded $11,120 to three local organizations this year, including the Museum of American Heritage ($5,620) to produce weatherproof botanical labels and a visitor’s brochure for self-guided tours through the garden; Environmental Volunteers ($3,000) for interpretive signage for the native-plant areas surrounding the EcoCenter at the Baylands; and Friends of Palo Alto Parks ($2,500) to complete the second phase of the Bol Park Native Plot. The annual grant program “accepts applications from community organizations for projects that enhance the awareness of the value that our local gardens provide to the community,” according to Betsy Okarma, chair, Project Funding Committee. 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 cblitzer@ Deadline is one week before publication. INTO P E E K I N G PRIVATE GARDENS Annual Garden Conservancy Open Days program allows visitors rare view of homes Landscape architect Debby Ruskin’s challenge was to maximize lawn size and winding brick paths, top, for the family that includes four children, as well as to create plantings around the historical home, above, and accommodate a swimming pool, left. LÞÊ ÀÞViÊ ÀÕ∘ÊUÊ«…œÌœ}À>«…ÃÊLÞÊ iLLÞÊ,ÕΈ˜ “D esign is all about solving problems,” landscape architect Debby Ruskin said during a tour of the Lincoln Avenue Garden, which will be opened to the public on June 2 as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days. Dedicated to preserving exceptional gardens and encouraging public appreciation for them, the Garden Conservancy showcases private gardens each spring. In addition to the Palo Alto garden, the local Open Days tour includes two gardens in Atherton and one in Portola Valley. (The complete list is included in the Open Days Directory, available online at www. Ruskin began designing the garden in 2005 at the same time the historic house, originally built in 1897, was being remodeled. (continued on page 31) ÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ>ÞÊÓx]ÊÓä£ÓÊU Page 29

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