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FREE GARDEN ADVICE ... Every Friday afternoon Master Gardener volunteers are at Gamble Garden between 1 and 4 p.m. to help you with your garden questions. Bring plant samples or just come to the library at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. You also can call the Master Gardener hotline at 650-329-1356 ext 205.

EASTER EGG HUNT IN THE GARDEN ... Families are invited to Gamble Garden's annual East Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 25 , which takes place in the garden at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. There will be arts and crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny and a petting zoo. Children must be registered for one of the three times and be accompanied by a paying adult. Cost: Adults, $10/members, $15/non-members; children, $20/ members, $30/non-members. Gamble Garden is located at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. To register, go to

TOPIARY CARE ... If your yard looks brown you still can have a green indoors with topiaries. According to Garden Design magazine, allow the plants to have enough bright light during winter months. Rotate them every few days so all sides of the plant receive equal amounts of light. If they are displayed in a location with low light, leave them there only for a couple of days and then return to a sunny window. Pruning requires a sharp pair of scissors; place the topiary on a lazy Susan and spin it around to make sure all sides are trimmed evenly. Trimming back stray branches and half to three-quarters of the new growth will allow the topiary to look freshly coiffed. Water topiaries to keep them evenly moist. For best results, place the plant in a sink and water thoroughly, let drain, and move back to its growing location. Never let plants sit in a saucer of water, and never let them completely dry out. Fertilize once a month (except during winter), with a well-balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.

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