Gardens

Emails InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most yesterday: “I walked around taking some flower photos on Sunday. Spring is certainly here. The apple blossom (top) is from my backyard. The rest are Menlo Ave., University Ave. and Florence Ave. I hope this boost some spirits by showing there is beauty out there.”

 

Photos by Robb Most (c) 2020

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Neighborhood walking: Blooms in University Heights neighborhood

Thanks for the great response about sending flower photos that people can spot doing neighborhood walks while observing shelter-in-place. By coincidence two residents of Stanford Avenue in the University Heights neighborhood sent in photos. We feature Kristi Elliot’s tulips (above) and Charles Schmuck’s violets (correct me flower fanciers if that’s not correct!).

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Neighborhood walking: spring blooms in Menlo Park

Now that we’re being encouraged to exercise in our own neighborhoods to curb the spread of COVID-19, we thought it would be fun and informative to identify some points of interest that can be seen along the way as well as spotlight the flowers and trees that make spring so beautiful in our towns. Tomorrow […]

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Bloom watch begins before winter ends at Filoli

Each week, Filoli’s Head of Horticulture, Jim Salyards scouts the garden for amazing blooms. Here’s what’s happening now through March 15, according to Jim. Note: the photos by Robb Most were taken on February 26. “The spring garden is definitely waking up, with tulip foliage emerging out of the ground, buds swelling on the spring-flowering […]

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Seed Lending Library comes to main library on March 4

The Menlo Park Seed Lending Library provides access to heritage seeds, gardening workshops, education and resources to encourage residents to grow food and foster community resilience, self-reliance, and a culture of sharing.  On Wednesday, March 4, we’ll answer your questions about how to “borrow” seeds, tips for growing, and more beginning at  7:00pm at the […]

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The calendar may say “winter” but it’s looking like spring at Filoli

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 […]

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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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Percy the Filoli peacock to be remembered with memorial service and fund

Percy, Filoli’s resident peacock, has passed away. “While it was not uncommon for Percy to wander during the winter season, his absence this year is long enough for us to be certain that he is lost,” said a statement issued by Filoli. “The staff spent these last several months searching but have now decided it […]

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Get free seeds and advise about starting a garden on Feb. 5

Learn how to start seeds now for spring planting at the Menlo Park Library on Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. . The focus will be on which plants are easiest to germinate, and there will be free seeds for everyone.

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Learn how to start you own bonsai plant on Jan. 14

The art of bonsai brings the serenity of the natural world into our everyday lives, but it can seem impossibly complex. Guest experts from the Kusamura Bonsai Club will demystify the process of creating a bonsai at the Menlo Park Library on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

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Get ready for spring gardening on Jan. 8

Time to start planning your spring planting! Get a good start, with the help of some gardening experts at the Menlo Park Library on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. We’ll learn about site selection, how to prepare your soil, and the best timing for seeds and seedlings.

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