Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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InMenlo contributing photographer Frances Freyberg visited Filoli in Woodside yesterday and from her resulting photographs, it looks like spring has sprung in the gardens there.

Here’s the official scoop: The fruit trees and hyacinths are starting to bloom. The magnolias and camellias are out right now. The daffodils are at their peak. The tulips are still a week or two from emerging.

Find out more at Bloom Watch.

Native wildflowers weave through Filoli’s fields and woodlands from late winter through spring. Learn about these flowers and the other notable plants and animals found there on a 90-minute hike covering two to three miles on uneven terrain including moderate hills. The trails are not stroller or wheelchair accessible.

Bring water, walking shoes, and clothing for light rain. Heavy rain cancels the hike. Children 5 and up are welcome on hikes.

The wildflower hikes take place on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm starting Feb. 29 through May 2. The cost is $15 plus the cost of Filoli admission

There will also be Greenhouse Tours on Feb. 28, March 1 and March 8.

Find out other ways to explore Filoli online.

Photos by Frances Freyberg (c) 2020

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Spotted: Spartan car near Oak Knoll School

Out walking the dog this morning, we came upon a spiffy looking white roadster parked near Oak Knoll School called a Spartan. Our companion immediately identified it as “a kit car,” and he was correct, even though neither of us had every heard of a Spartan before. Here’s more thanks to Wikipedia: “Spartan Cars was […]

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Aspiring choreographer Da’Mauria Brown selected Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula 2020 Youth of the Year Representative

Da’Mauria Brown was recently selected as the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula 2020 Youth of the Year Representative, and she will move on to the BGCA California regional competition in March. Da’Mauria Brown is a senior at East Palo Alto Academy and has been a BGCP member since 2008. At BGCP, Da’Mauria is […]

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Spotted: Beautiful camellia to start the day

Comments Atherton resident Laura Daschbach Pitchford: “Perfect! This beauty greets me each morning! Lucky me!”

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Pacific Catch is new dining option that Menlo Park residents can walk or bike to

We enjoy walking with our dog to the Stanford Shopping Center to shop at Sigona’s and Schaubs — and for years enjoyed grabbing a bite at Max’s Opera Cafe located in the same plaza. Max’s closed in June, 2018, and for months we watched the slow progress on a new restaurant to take its place, […]

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Can you identify the woman in this painting which was framed in Menlo Park?

We received an email from Lenore Bernhardt who lives in Washington and had recently discovered — and then purchased — the portrait of a woman shown here. According to notes on the back, it was framed at Herbert W. Keeble Picture Framing at 441 El Camino Real in Menlo Park in 1962. My almost immediate […]

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Barbara Coll discovers bird photography after a life time of wildlife watching

Growing up in Ottawa, Barbara Coll’s family kept a book about the wildlife they saw. So it was natural for her to keep the tradition going when she got married in 1992 — but with a focus exclusively on birds. “The tally is currently 517 birds, which is five percent of the bird species in the […]

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Havense dog from Menlo Park wins Toy Group at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

A Havanese dog from Menlo Park nicknamed Bono won the Toy Group at the 144th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on February 10, 2020. The Toy Group was judged by Doris Cozart, and Bono was handled by owner and breeder Taffe McFadden A 3 1/2-year-old male, Bono beat out 23 other […]

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Spotted: Happy “Bull-a-tine”

At least we think it’s a bull not a buffalo. Spotted at the Wild Horse Cafe in King City on a recent road trip.

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Meet local mystery author John Billheimer on Feb. 19

Ladera resident John Billheimer is coming to the Menlo Park Library on Feb. 19 to talk about Primary Target, the sixth book in his Owen Allison mystery series, as well as Hitchcock and the Censors, a nonfiction book tracing the rise of movie censorship. He’ll be speaking at the The Mystery Readers Group from 7:00 […]

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“Signing Day” at M-A celebrates 16 college bound student athletes

Sixteen college bound student athletes were celebrated last week in Ayers Gym on the Menlo Atherton High School campus. They were introduced by Athletic Director Paul Snow, who cited their accomplishments (excerpted below). Audrey Koren, who is headed to Oberlin College, is a four-year varsity lacrosse starter for M-A. In both her sophomore and junior […]

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