Landscaping

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

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

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”

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

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

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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One thing leads to another – and end result is one of Menlo Park’s most enchanting home & garden

In the Bay Area it’s not unusual for a house to be painted a non-traditional color or colors. But here in Menlo Park, there is a house that has gone beyond just color: It’s a house plus garden that together presents an enchanting picture for the passer-by. A typical reaction is “it makes me feel […]

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Spotted: Happy red tulips in west Menlo Park

To those passing by, a front yard on Ambar Way in west Menlo Park is always a treat at this time of year with its walkway lined with tulips. This year’s red ones look particularly happy following the recent rain.

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Laura Hawkins breathes new life into her backyard garden using recycled plants

The two large hedges in Laura Hawkins’ backyard had been a source of annoyance for some time. “They made both the yard and the house so dark,” she said. “Finally, I pulled them out, but that left a big bare space.” Rather than going out and buying new plants, Laura hatched the idea of using […]

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Juan and Mercedes Navarro offer a mix of garden and gifts at their Ladera Country Shopper nursery

Editor’s note: From now through Christmas, we’ll be checking in at various local merchants, with an eye to shopping locally.  Is it possible that Mercedes and Juan Navarro have body doubles? Stop in almost any day or time at Ladera Garden & Gifts, and they are present. “We don’t take many vacations,” said Mercedes. “We […]

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