Gardens

Walking along Middle Avenue, we came across this big bloom on what looked like a cactus plant. It is indeed an orchid cactus, or more specifically Epiphyllum. Homeowner Carol Jorgenson Mince commented on Facebook: “I have two pots of these succulents. I purchased a small cutting 10 years ago at a succulent faire, and I now have two of these gangly plants with almost two dozen gorgeous flowers or buds.”

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2019

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“Nests: Patterns from Nature” by W. Gary Smith on display at Filoli

Artist and landscape artist W. Gary Smith says his mission is simple – creating meaningful encounters between people, plants, and the natural world. That is much on display at an environmental art exhibition currently on exhibit at Filoli in Woodside through November 10. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most wandered Filoli’s grounds to capture the myriad […]

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Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

It’s unanimous: Springtime 2019 is just glorious! Menlo Park-based photographer Frances Freyberg spent a day earlier this month at Filoli capturing the beauty of its gardens at this time of year. We’re certain that her photos will brighten your day. Photos by Frances Freyberg (c) 2019

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Gamble Garden Spring Tour 2019 invites visitors to “Enter the Garden”

That Joan Sanders is President of the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto should surprise no one who knows her — particularly those who have admired the garden at her Atherton home. She fancies herself a kind of garden whisperer, or more accurately, a person who believes gardens should […]

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Magnolia blossoms rule the landscape in Menlo Park gardens in February

Walking around the streets of Menlo Park in February and it’s evident that the abundant magnolia blossoms are giving Menlo Park’s official tree, the oak, a run for its money. Luckily, InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was out and about with his camera before this week’s pounding rain. In fact, he found a nice sunny […]

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Getting your summer garden going is First Friday topic on March 1

“Start Sowing Your Summer Garden Now!” is topic of Master Gardeners Kathleen and Lisa Putnam’s talk at Woodside’s First Friday, March 1,  starting at 7:00 pm (but come a bit earlier to secure a seat!) and continuing to 8:00 pm at the Woodside Town Hall. These events are always complimentary and include refreshments as well […]

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It’s olive harvest time at Sacred Heart Schools

Last week pumpkins got pushed to the side, so to speak, when students at Sacred Heart’s lower and upper schools harvested olives from the 50-tree, 100-year-old grove along Elena Avenue in Atherton. In the early part of last century, the Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ), who ran the school, tended to the trees and […]

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Learn how to grow orchids from an expert on Sept. 10

Is it even possible to grow orchids outdoors here in the Bay Area? Sure! To get your started, come to the Menlo Park Library on Sept. 10 at 6:30 pm to get tips from an expert. Mary E. Gerritsen, author of A Bay Area Guide to Orchids and Their Culture, has been growing orchids off […]

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Lee’s Bees return to Cafe Zoë this Saturday with more honey products

Heather and Jason, the two Willows neighborhood kids behind Lee’s Bees, make their second annual appearance at Cafe Zoë on August 18 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. They’re offering an expanded product list, all created — or inspired — from the honey made by bees in their grandmother’s backyard. Sandy Lee started the hives […]

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Amazing sunflowers grace one Menlo Park backyard

The sunflowers planted by Menlo Park resident Robin Tobias are again providing cheer for her and everyone else that sees them. She emails: “I planted more than past years, 140 or so, an estimate because  I got dizzy counting! “My favorites are still the little Teddy Bears, that grow into bright yellow pom poms! But […]

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Filoli hosts first Art Faire July 27-29

Filoli is hosting its first ever Art Faire July 27-29 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Among those participating is  Lee Middleman, who has been profiled on InMenlo. Lee is among 30 artists working in various mediums: glass, ceramics, photography, and painting. Sip a glass of wine while meeting new artists and other art lovers. The Filoli […]

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