Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - February 28, 2014

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GREENHOUSE VISITS ... Lisa Griffin, of Filoli's horticulture staff, will introduce people to Filoli's greenhouses from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on three Saturdays (March 1 for orchids; April 5 for camellias; and May 3 for houseplants). Each month she will take students through the greenhouses, which are usually closed to the public, and demonstrate re-potting of a particular plant. Filoli is located at 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org

BLUEBERRIES — YUM! ... Nancy Garrison, who has researched growing fruits locally through the UC Cooperative Extension and in her home garden, will teach a class on growing "Bountiful Blueberries" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, at Common Ground, 599 College Ave., Palo Alto. She will talk about selecting, planting and maintaining a variety of berries and small fruits. Besides blueberries, she'll include Chilean guavas, mulberries, lemon guava, raspberries and blackberries. She'll deal with soil preparation, plant varieties and trellising techniques. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

CONTAINER GARDENING ... Sarah Easley, who has worked as a floral designer at Filoli and a display and container designer at Roger Reynolds Nursery and Carriage Stop, will give a demonstration and talk about design in "Create a Container Garden," from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 7, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. After the demonstration, students will create their own designs (in their own 10- to 12-inch pots), with plant materials provided. Cost is $55 for nonmembers, $45 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org

NEED HELP WITH HOUSEHOLD TASKS? ... Volunteers from the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORSŪ (SILVAR) will be working all week, May 5 through May 9, to help qualified seniors do everything from flip their mattresses to caulk their windows. REALTORŪ Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) has been changing furnace filters, cleaning windows, installing smoke-detector batteries and more since 2001. The deadline to apply for free assistance is Saturday, March 15. Information: 408-200-0100 or www.silvar.org for information and an application.

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