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Home front: garden pest workshop; new Coldwell manager

Also, an Ikebana flower-arranging class

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a garden pest workshop, an open demo garden and an Ikebana class.

KEEP PESTS AT BAY ... UC Master Gardener Candace Simpson will teach how to keep pests from destroying their summer crops during a workshop on Saturday, June 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. Her talk will include how to choose plants, prepare soil, irrigate and do garden maintenance. The free event will be at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center St., Palo Alto.

VISIT THE GARDEN ... The Palo Alto Demonstration Garden will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon from now until October. Get inspiration for growing edible plants or get educated about water-wise gardens. Talk to master gardeners about your gardening successes and challenges. Feel free to bring plant pests or disease samples for identification. The demonstration garden is located at Eleanor Pardee Park Community Gardens, 851 Center Drive near Martin Avenue, Palo Alto.

NEW COLDWELL MANAGER ... The Palo Alto office of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate has named Kelly Griggs as its new manager, the first woman in that role. She and her mother, Chris McDonnell, an agent since 1984, share listings under "Chris+Kelly," or

IKEBANA CLASS ... Learn how to arrange flowers in the "Ikebana" Japanese flower-arranging style on Saturday, June 9 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the Gamble Garden in Palo Alto. The ancient art is noted for perfect proportions and dramatic use of negative space. Instructor Katsuko Thielke will teach the elements of Ikebana by creating a series of arrangements, moving from simple to complex. Refreshments will be served. Gamble Garden is located at 1431 Waverley St. The cost for the class is $30 for Gamble Garden members and $40 for nonmembers. To register, go to

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