Landscaping

Post image for Haydi Danielson carries on the family business at Boething Treeland in Portola Valley

Maybe we aren’t the only ones curious about what was down the long driveway off Alpine Road marked “Treeland.” Given that the sign says “wholesale only,” we never ventured down, at least until we met Haydi Danielson.

Haydi, along with her sisters, are the daughters of Susan and John Boething, who started Boething Treeland Farms in 1952 in Southern California. There are now 10 farms altogether, 400 acres in northern California and 500 in SoCal.

“We were all raised the same way,” Haydi said. “You go to high school, you go to college, and then you join the family business.

“I’m number two in age, and I went straight from college to the business, as expected. Not surprisingly given that we are a family business, the first and second generations occasionally butted heads.

“So I escaped to the East Coast and Yale. But then I came back.”

The Boething Treeland property in Portola Valley is 50 acres, a somewhat surprising cluster of trees and plants in the middle of bustling Silicon Valley.

“We grow a lot of Coast Live Oak and trees in the Madrone family here,” Haydi explained. “In addition, we grow shrubs, perennials, succulents and grasses. Our clients are primarily landscape contractors.”

Treeland’s 35 employees do a little of everything — irrigating, pruning, staking and pulling weeks. Haydi appreciates their loyalty, as most come to work and stay on the job for years.

“It’s really great to be in a business that is good for the earth,” she said. “Given that there is so much concern about global climate change, I view it as a pure stroke of luck that my parents started a business that has the potential to offset carbon emissions.

“And of course there is the obvious bonus: I get to spend time with lots of trees!”

Photo by Irene Searles (c) 2019

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A sunflower forest grows in Menlo Park

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There are sunflowers — and then there is the sunflower forest in Art Scott and Cindy Sumida-Scott’s Menlo Park backyard. First came the work of local landscape designer Janet Bell, who redid the yard. At that project’s conclusion, the couple sent cards to the various workers, expressing “this beautiful garden representing the analemma [sun’s path] […]

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Help us solve this mystery about the sculpture horse at former Sunset headquarters

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Update: Wouldn’t you know that this mystery was solved, at least in part, just 30 minutes after this was posted. We heard from InMenlo copy editor Pat Guyer, who should know about sculptors given that she’s married to sculptor Terry Guyer. Pat emailed: “That horse is by Deborah Butterfield. She has one at the Cantor. She is […]

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Portola Valley and Woodside team up for Earth Day Fair on April 22

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Bring your family and join your Portola Valley and Woodside friends and neighbors at beautiful Runnymede Sculpture Farm  (980 Runnymeade Road) for a day of fun and information. Learn how to design landscaping that is beautiful now and will remain beautiful through dry and wet seasons. The event is sponsored by the Woodside Sustainability & Conservation […]

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Numerous Earth Day related events planned in Atherton on April 22

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Atherton’s Earth Day celebration runs from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Town Center (Ashfield Road and Dinkelspiel Station Lane). The Town’s Environmental Programs Committee, Recology and the Atherton Library are teaming up to bring residents free garden mulch, e-waste safe recycling, secure shredding, eco-friendly 3-D printing, the San Mateo County Bookmobile, earth […]

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Spotted: Nano Park on Oak Drive in Menlo Park

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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 […]

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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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