Gardens

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The 30 plus inches of rain this season have kept InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ busy.

So it seems fitting that his driveway is lined with flowering pear trees, among the first trees to blossom as winter yields to spring.

Alas, it may not be the end of the wetness. Showers are predicted over the next week starting on Monday.

Photos by Robb Most

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Spotted: Sign of spring on sparkly sunny day

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Yesterday didn’t feel like it was still winter, rather much more like a late spring day. Robin Tobias snapped this happy flower with water droplets while jogging. Alas, the clouds are back today.  

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Local Garden Club celebrates The Arts of the Garden at competitive flower show

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The public is invited to view The Arts of the Garden, a judged Garden Club of America flower show displaying excellence, beauty and knowledge in floral design, horticulture, photography and conservation. Woodside-Atherton Garden Club is hosting the free event on Friday, March 31, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday, April 1, from 10:00 […]

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Spotted: Spooky black mushrooms in Menlo Park yard

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The lumpy black mushrooms that appeared last February are back, right on schedule (or nearly so). Emails Menlo Park homeowner Eric Sabelman: [They’re back] in plentiful quantities, the same species [slate grey saddle or fluted black elfin saddle (Helvella dryophila)], and mostly in the live oak leaf where I first saw them last year.” Photo by […]

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“The Orchid Whisperer” author, Bruce Rogers, will expand your orchid knowledge on Jan. 31

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Whether you are considering growing orchids, are having trouble with the orchids you are already trying to grow, or think you could never possibly grow orchids, Bruce Rogers can give you some advice. The author of The Orchid Whisperer will share his expert tips from more than three decades of breeding and growing orchids at […]

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Spotted: Seasonal foliage at Allied Arts Guild

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Menlo Park resident Charles Schmuck sent us photos of colorful and seasonal foliage he photographed last weekend at the Allied Arts Guild. We like how pumpkins have “invaded” both arrangements. If you stop by this weekend, you may be treated to more of the same!

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A visit with new Filoli Executive Director Kara Newport

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We are always interested in how and why people stumble (jump?) into their professions. So that was the first questions we asked Kara Newport, who was recently named Executive Director of Filoli. “I was raised on a sheep farm in Ohio and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for college, thinking I’d  be a liberal arts […]

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Beautiful Certified Wildlife Habitats garden makes for pretty viewing at Allied Arts neighborhood home

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An email from Menlo Park resident Jonathan Leblang got our attention: “Last year we decided to replace our lawn with natural plantings to save water. Our son (now a 5th grader) was a bit upset about this, but then read an article about Certified Wildlife Habitats and asked if we could get our front and […]

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Pixie Couch welcomes Monarch butterflies to her Menlo Park backyard

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We stopped by Pixie Couch’s home last week after getting an email from her about her efforts to attract Monarch butterflies to her backyard in Menlo Park. Here’s what she told us: “Monarch butterflies are losing their food source, milkweed plants, due to pesticides and habitat loss. There is a nationwide alert for people to plant milkweed to […]

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Hundreds of sunflowers bloom in Robin Tobias’ Menlo Park backyard

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Feeling a bit lonely when her daughter, Leah, left for a year-long stay in Africa last year, Menlo Park resident and physical therapist Robin Tobias planted some sunflowers. She found them to be a cheery addition to her garden. This year, she doubled down, which is a bit of an understatement. “I planted seeds in a little tray, […]

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Plants perfect for this area offered at Woodside-Atherton Garden Club sale on April 23

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Get ready for prime time spring planting at a local plant sale celebrating “Every Day is Earth Day” on Saturday, April 23. from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Woodside-Atherton Garden Club members have grown and collected hundreds of native drought-resistant plants, colorful pollinators, and kitchen garden heirlooms for their biennial plant sale at Woodside Library […]

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