Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - March 19, 2010

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BAY-FRIENDLY BASICS ... Brian Debasitis will teach a "Bay-Friendly Basics" workshop on Saturday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The workshop focuses on design, maintenance and helpful hints at the nursery. The $20 fee includes a Bay-Friendly Gardening book. Information: Santa Clara County Home Composting Program at www.ReduceWaste.org or 408-918-4640.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS ... More than 100 bonsai trees will be on display Saturday, March 20, from noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Kusamura Bonsai Club's 50th anniversary show at the Mitchell Park Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The free show will include a demonstration on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. by Tim Kong as well as a club-style competition on Sunday. The show's theme, which commemorates Legacy Trees of the club and its founders, is "Our Oldest Trees." Bonsai material will be for sale. Information: Contact Jerry Carpenter at 408-557-0166 or 408-823-9525 (cell) or jcsf1090@comcast.net.

BOTANICAL CHINA PATTERNS ... Judie Siddall, a longtime collector of blue-and-white transferware pottery and owner of Merlin Antiques, will teach a class called "Botanical Patterns on English Transferware" on Sunday, March 21, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Siddall's talk will be illustrated with photos and source prints, as well as some pottery samples. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $30 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org.

FLORAL ARRANGING ... Rene van Rems, a Dutch master designer, will address the Garden Club of Los Altos as it celebrates its 80th anniversary on Tuesday, March 23, at 1:15 p.m. The meeting takes place at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos. Rems' book, "Rene's Bouquets: A Guide to European Hand Tied Bouquets" will be sold at the meeting. Fee is $20 for guests, with reservations required. Information: 650-964-7614.

GARDENS FOR THE FUTURE ... The 2010 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show will be held March 23-28 at the San Mateo Event Center, 2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. More than 300 exhibits will accompany 20 garden vignettes and seminars for the "Gardens for the Future"-themed show. New this year are a victory garden (and edible schoolyard), slow food plaza, an outdoor sculpture garden with a tribute to Lawrence Halprin, and pocket parks. Tickets are $17 for adults, $5 for youth 5-16, free for children 4 and under. Info: http://sfgardenshow.com/.

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