Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - April 23, 2010

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SLOW THE FLOW ... Foothill College's Environmental Horticulture Department will host a conference on water conservation on Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Presentation topics include eco-friendly landscapes, irrigation, water conservation in landscape design, lawn alternatives, drought-tolerant container gardens, water harvesting and gray water, and more. Cost is $55. Information: 408-864-8817, shortcourses@fhda.edu or http://communityeducation.fhda.edu.

DUAL-PURPOSE PLANTS ... Master Gardener Nancy Garrison will teach a class called "Eat Your Landscape," which deals with growing plants that are both aesthetically pleasing and edible, on Saturday, April 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. She'll offer suggestions for substituting Chilean guava for a boxwood hedge, or strawberries instead of vinca, avocado for camphor. Cost is $41. Information: 650-493-6072, www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or http://eatlandscape.eventbrite.com.

FOR THE BIRDS ... Radhika Thekkath, director of Gardening With Natives, a subgroup of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, will talk about "Gardening for Birds" at the next meeting of the Garden Club of Los Altos on Tuesday, April 27, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be preceded by a plant and bake sale, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The group meets at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos. Guests pay $5. Information: 650-964-7614 or 650-948-5382.

VEGGIES 2.0 ... Master Gardeners will do a free talk on "Veggies 2.0: Part One — Getting Your Beds Ready for Planting! Soil, Containers & Raised Beds" on Tuesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. The second of the two-part series on vegetable gardening will take place Tuesday, May 25. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org.

WILDFLOWER SHOW ... More than 400 species of wildflowers and native plants will be showcased at the 38th Annual Wildflower Show on Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mission College, 3000 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara. The free show, which includes classes on native-plant identification and growing, is sponsored by the California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter, and the Mission College Biological Sciences Department. Information: www.cnps-scv.org, cnps_scv@yahoo.com or 650-260-3450.

KIWI RHODIE GARDENS ... New Zealand nurseryman Denis Hughes will talk about rhododendron gardens, his Blue Mountain Nurseries in Tapanui, New Zealand, and specifically about azalea hybrids that can be planted in full sun, on Wednesday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hillview Community Center, Room 12, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information: www.deanza-ars.com.

PLANT EXCHANGE ... Get ready to dig up healthy plants, including seedlings, cuttings, bulbs, small trees and shrubs, to swap at the Spring Plant Exchange on Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. The free swap, sponsored by the Garden Club of Los Altos and the Los Altos Recreation Department, is held in the parking lot of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Plants must be labeled, and no privets or invasive plants are accepted. Information: Betty Lee at 650-906-1651 or betlee59@gmail.com.

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