Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - January 21, 2011

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EDIBLE GARDEN SERIES ... Drew Harwell, manager of Jesse Cool's Seeds of Change Garden and former manager of Common Ground Demonstration Garden, will teach a series of classes on creating an edible garden, "From Design to Harvest," on five Saturdays: Jan. 22, Feb. 12, March 5, March 26 and April 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The classes are held at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The course will cover everything from garden design to composting, seed propagation, watering and using proper tools. Cost is $325. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or http://ediblegardendesigntoharvest.eventbrite.com/.

CONTAINER GARDENING ... Landscape designer Fran Adams, APLD, will offer a class on "Container Gardening" on three Tuesdays, Jan. 25 to Feb. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 1708, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. She will deal with plant and container selection, plant combos, potting mixes and plant care. Students will create two container projects. Cost is $45, and the required text is "Container Gardening" (Sunset Books, 2004). Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org.

RHODE SHOW ... Kathy Van Veen, third generation operator of the Van Veen Nursery in Portland, Ore., and author of "Rhododendrons in America" and "Rhododendrons You Should Meet," will speak at the next meeting of the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society on Tuesday, Jan. 25. The group meets in Room 12 at the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information: www.deanza-ars.com or www.vanveennursery.com.

ULTIMATE RECYCLING ... Kathy Van Veen will talk about "How to Recycle EVERYTHING" at the next meeting of the Garden Club of Los Altos on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 1:30 p.m. The group meets at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos, with a $5 guest fee. Van Veen will discuss sound principles of recycling and finding new uses for old things. Information: 650-964-7614.

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