TEA TIME AT FILOLI ... Have tea and enjoy the gardens of the Filoli estate in Woodside this summer or fall. Sandwiches, seasonal salads, scones with fresh lemon curd and pastries are presented on linen tablecloths. Afternoon Tea takes place the fourth Wednesday of each month, February through September, as well as July 13 and October 19. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. Afternoon Tea menu changes monthly and is a fixed menu that includes assorted tea sandwiches, mini-pastries and other seasonal delights. Filoli monthly teas are appropriate for children 8 years and older. Seating begins at 1 p.m., and teas take place on the following dates: July 13, July 27, Aug. 24, Sept. 28, and Oct. 19. Go to filoli.org for more information.
YOUNG TREE CARE SURVEY ... Canopy will host a tree health survey on Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at Johnson Park on Waverley Street and Everett Avenue. Each year, Canopy volunteers and partners comb through Palo Alto neighborhoods to survey the health of hundreds of young street trees, and guide the city's young tree care efforts. This is a fun, flexible volunteer opportunity for all ages -- and a great way to learn your street trees. This is the first of two scheduled training dates. Volunteers are welcome to attend one or both. Sign up by going to canopy.org.
ID FIREBLIGHT ON FRUIT TREES ... If the ends of the branches of your apple and pear trees look like they've been burnt, they probably have fire blight. It's a bacterial disease that normally enters through the flowers and works its way down the tree. Cut off any affected parts at least eight inches below visible damage, taking care to sterilize the tool between cuts to avoid spreading the infection. The Santa Clara County Master Gardeners website, mastergardeners.org, has more information.
ASK A QUESTION ... The Santa Clara County Master Gardeners, in conjunction with the UC Extension, will answer gardening questions over the phone or online for free. Go to mastergardeners.org and click on the Ask a Question button on the left. A page will open with a phone number or an online form to send to an expert. Go to mastergardeners.org/scc
PLANT CLINIC ... Bring your problem plants or samples of them to Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden between 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, when expert gardeners will be on hand to inspect them and provide tips on how to make your plants healthier. These free one-on-one consultations are part of a walk-in clinic hosted by Master Gardeners. For more information, go to gamblegarden.org/events.