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Home Front: the birds and the trees


This week, local experts will take people on a nature walk and discuss gardening evolution and grafting.

BIRD WALK ... On a 2-mile nature walk from the Baylands to Cooley Landing on Saturday, Jan. 23, docents from the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society will talk about the migratory bird season, various birds seen and wetlands restoration. The walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center, 2775 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, and will run until 1 p.m. Also during the event, the group will visit the Linda Gass land-art installation that documents Cooley Landing, enjoy lunch with John Bourgeois -- executive project manager of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project -- and hear from legislative advocate Alice Kaufman. Lunch will be provided by the Committee for Green Foothills. Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to RSVP. Info:

GARDEN EVOLUTION ... Hear about how water, immigration and population increases have influenced California's gardens over the past two centuries on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 1:30 p.m. at Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos. During this Garden Club of Los Altos program, Patricia Knight will give a talk called "The Revolving Wheel: California's Changing View of Gardening," subtitled "The Rise and Fall of the California Lawn." Admission is free for members, and guests are welcome for a $5 fee. Info:

HOMESTEADING 101 ... Learn about fruit tree grafting on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2-4 p.m., at Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Jesse Imbach and James Lalikos will talk about sourcing and storing viable scions, tool selection, best practices and more. Imbach is a member of the California Rare Fruit Growers and its Santa Clara Valley chapter and manages the San Mateo Chapter of Village Harvest. Lalikos is a mechanical engineer and power-systems designer who has been splicing plants together since his childhood. After the discussion, participants can try grafting scions supplied by the California Rare Fruit Growers. A minimum donation of $25 helps support classes at Common Ground Garden. Info:

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