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Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - September 6, 2013

Home Front

WORM COMPOSTING ... The City of Palo Alto will offer a free workshop on "Worm Composting Basics," from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden, next to Eleanor Pardee Park, on Center Drive near Martin Avenue, Palo Alto. Information: 650-329-2241 or 408-918-4640, www.reducewaste.org or Compost@aem.sccgov.org

CAKE DECORATING ... Christine Hopkins will teach a class called "Cake Decorating - Level 1" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Sept. 9-30, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Learn to make icing, roses and stars — or even clowns — and how to level a cake. Cost is $85 for non-Menlo Park residents, $64 for residents. Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark.org or email: csd@menlopark.org or hopkinsce@yahoo.com

EDIBLE PARADISE ... O'Malley Stoumen, who has 40 years' experience gardening for food production, will offer a class called "Create an Edible Paradise with Inspiration" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. After presenting photos and practical tips, Stoumen will lead students through her garden (including a chicken coop and homemade trellises that optimize plant growth), which was featured on the 2013 Spring Tour. Cost is $35 for members, $25 for nonmembers. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org

KEEP OAKS HEALTHY ... UC Master Gardener David Peterson will offer tips on how to protect urban oak trees from common landscaping errors that promote disease, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The talk, which includes information (with handouts) on which plants are compatible with oaks, is free, and no reservations are required. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or www.mastergardeners.org

AUTUMN COLOR AND BEES ... Mimi Clarke, former lead horticulturist at Filoli and now owner of Fiddle Fern Landscaping, will teach a couple of classes on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. "Autumn Color Maintenance," which takes place outdoors from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., deals with garden grooming, bulbs and annuals, pruning, mulching and composting. "Attracting Native Bees" takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cost for each class is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org

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