Landscaping

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Regular walkers of “the creek loop” probably noticed the front yard landscaping project that was going on during the summer at a home on the corner of Oak Drive and Ambar Way. What undoubtedly surprised them when it was over was the creation of what homeowner Shosh Cohen describes as a “Nano Park.”

The park has hedges on three sides, a bench for sitting, a drinking fountain, and a water bowl for passing canines.

“I guess because we had a spigot near the street, people would sometimes stop and ask us if they could have a drink,” explained Shosh. “So, I thought, ‘why not put a drinking fountain in?’ It was a good way to share the property.

“The little bench fit perfectly. The other day I wandered out and there was a man there reading a book. It’s something that just makes you feel good.”

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2016

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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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David Barry talks about the promise of Mist, the “world’s smartest sprinkler system”

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Brown lawns may turn green again if weather forecasters are correct in predicting a strong El Niño with heavier than average precipitation throughout California this fall and winter. At the same time, residents are urged to conserve. Enter the promise of a device named Mist, branded as the “world’s smartest sprinkler system,” watering just the […]

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Dan Dieguez transformed his backyard into magical wildlife garden

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Dan Dieguez grew up in the Menlo Park home he lives in currently. But it’s his personal stamp that’s transformed the large backyard into what he calls a “wildlife garden.” “My friends call it ‘organized chaos,’” he explained during a recent visit accompanied by Menlo Park-based photographer Frances Freyberg, whose photos of the garden are featured here. […]

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Keith Willig hands out five-gallon buckets to clients to promote water conservation

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Keith Willig Landscape Architecture and Construction (KWLA), based in Menlo Park, recently began a small initiative to increase public awareness of the drought and to promote water conservation. The company ordered 100 five-gallon buckets to hand out to clients around the Bay Area to inspire water collection in every form. Tied to each bucket is […]

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Sunset Garden Editor Kathy Brenzel looks back at her Sunset career – and ahead to Celebration Weekend

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Editor’s note: On June 6-7, the last Celebration Weekend will be held at Sunset Magazine’s iconic Cliff May-designed offices in Menlo Park. Last December, the magazine’s owner, Time Inc., announced that it had sold the seven-acre campus of  gardens and 1950s ranch-style buildings to Embarcadero Capital Partners, a San Francisco real estate investment and management company. The location of the magazine’s […]

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Janet Bell talks about her approach to landscape design – and her much-loved “pom poms”

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Editor’s note: Janet Bell opened her Menlo Park-based landscape design, construction and maintenance business, now called Garden Sense, in 1996. We met her not over a garden fence but rather in Lisa Burnett’s Pilates studio. When she started talking about her soon-to-bloom “pom poms,” we enlisted the help of photographer Frances Freyberg, and through an email exchange, learned […]

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Teen gingerbread house design & contest on Sat., Dec. 13

Teens ages 11-18 are welcome to create and display their sugary creativity by building gingerbread houses at the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, December 13th from noon to 2:00 pm. Pictures will be taken of each masterpiece and the creator of the most original house will be awarded a prize. Tools and candy will be provided, […]

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Water efficient gardening 101 is topic at Sept. 6 talk at Menlo Park Library

The public is invited to a free informational seminar on drought-tolerant gardening techniques presented by the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, September 6. The seminar’s presenter is Alane O’Rielly Weber, a Sustainable San Mateo County Award Winner, a long-time Master Composter, and owner of Botanical Arts in San Mateo. Weber’s early educational focus on Biology, […]

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West Menlo Park home is on the Edible Landscaping tour on July 19

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One of the reasons Kristin Kuntz-Duriseti and husband Ram bought their west Menlo Park home eight years ago was to have a bigger piece of land in order to start a suburban fruit and vegetable garden. “The fruit trees were the defining thing,” Kristen said. “And being sustainable was a huge value to us. “We planted 20 […]

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Spotted: Menlo Park is pretty in pink

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On a morning walk around west Menlo Park, we spotted two groups of pink flowers, sparkling in the morning sunshine. Our companion identified them as Cosmos (top) and Evening Primrose (right). It that’s not correct, we’re sure someone will set the record straight.

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