Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - February 14, 2014

Home Front

TOO BUSY TO GARDEN? ... Common Ground will offer advice on maintaining a thriving garden in its "I've Got a Life" garden class from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Class will deal with tricks for maximizing time and energy when preparing a garden, tending plants and harvesting. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW ... The San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society will hold its 53rd annual flower show and plant sale from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. Special workshops at 2 p.m. each day. The show includes displays of camellias in ikebana and a table setting, as well as nearly 1,000 blooms and hard-to-find plants for sale. Admission is free. Information: http://camelliasfpcs.org or sfpcscamellias@gmail.com

SMART GARDENING ... Hidden Villa will offer a "Home Farm Workshop: The WINTER Garden" from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday Feb. 16, at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Agriculture Manager Jason McKenney will talk about sheet mulching, a way to use free microbial helpers to replenish the soil. Cost is $40. Information: 650-949-8650 or www.hiddenvilla.org

CREATE A GARDEN ... Don Wallace of Singing Tree Gardens nursery in McKinleyville, Calif., will talk about "How to create a garden" at the next meeting of the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The group meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information: www.deanza-ars.com

RENTS ARE UP ... AGAIN ... No great surprise to those looking for a new place to rent, but the cost of apartments is soaring this year. According to RealFacts, which gathers information on buildings with at least 50 units, average asking rent for a one-bedroom, one-bath unit in Palo Alto is $2,652, up 11.7 percent since last year (in Menlo Park, it's $2,509, up 6.5 percent; in Mountain View, it's $2,167, up 14.2 percent; and in East Palo Alto, it's $1,424, up 21.2 percent). News also grim — unless you're a landlord — is a two-bedroom, two-bath place, goes for $3,589 in Palo Alto, $3,510 in Menlo Park, and $2,981 in Mountain View.

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