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Publication Date: Friday, May 13, 2005

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ATTRACTING GOOD BUGS . . . Master Gardener Bette Lloyd will teach a class on "Attracting Beneficial Insects to the Garden" tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Participants will learn about the top garden pests and their natural enemies. Cost is $21. For information, call (650) 493-6072 or visit

NATIVE PLANT SALE . . . Want to learn more about native plants? Experts on lawn alternatives -- including native perennials, grasses and wildflowers -- will be on hand at the Native Plant Sale tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hidden Villa Ranch, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos. The sale is organized by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Parking is free. Bring your own boxes to carry home purchases. For information, call (650) 691-9749 or visit or e-mail [email protected]

A ROSE IS A ROSE . . . Master gardener Judity Cody will offer a free workshop on "How to Grow Beautiful Roses" tomorrow, 9-11 a.m., at Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Cody's talk will range from controlling plant disease and pests to choosing and caring for roses. No reservations are required. For information, call (408) 282-3105.

WHAT'S CHANGED? . . . Mike Stewart, president of the American Rhododendron Society and owner of Dover Nursery in Sandy, Ore., will talk about how architecture and landscaping trends have changed rhododendrons, at the next meeting of the De Anza chapter, on Wednesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. The group meets at the Hillview Community Center, Room 10, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. For information, visit

OPEN DAYS . . . If you missed the Garden Conservancy's April peek into private, local gardens five more will be open tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is $5 to each garden. Visitors may begin the tour at Singingwood, 218 Family Farm Road, Woodside, and pick up a book describing each garden for $6.95. For information, visit

TEA, ANYONE? . . . Gamble Garden Center, at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto, offers monthly teas on the third Wednesday of the month. The next one is Wednesday, May 18 at 3:15 p.m., beginning with a garden tour. Fee is $20, and tables are available for groups of two to 10 by reservation. For information, call (650) 329-1356 or e-mail [email protected]

KEEP IT FRESH . . . Palo Alto Weekly columnist Kit Davey, allied member ASID, will offer a one-evening workshop "Room Re-design: Take Your Home from Blah to Beautiful in 8 hours or less" on Wednesday, May 18, 7-9 p.m. at Foothill College, 12345 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Fee is $35 plus a $7 materials fee payable to the instructor in class. For information, call (408) 864-8817.

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