Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - May 25, 2012

Home Front for May 25:

MIDTOWN GARDEN TOUR ... The Midtown Green Team is offering a native and edible garden tour at the home of Radhika Thekkath, a native plant designer and gardening enthusiast, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26. The garden tour will highlight the use of native plants, incorporating vegetables and fruits and recycling in the garden. Information (and address): rthekkath@yahoo.com

POP-UP PLANT FAIR ... Representatives from four small, local nurseries (Carman's Nursery, Cole Canyon Farm, Gold Rush Nursery and Terra Sole Nurseries) will be on hand to answer questions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. A percentage of sales goes to Common Ground. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

SERIOUS SALADS ... Cindy Roberts will teach a class on "Serious Salads" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, in Room 103 of Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class begins with a balsamic vinegar taste test, then moves on to mussel and celery salad, chutney chicken salad and barley salad with tomatoes and olives. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org

GARDEN CLUB GRANTS ... The Garden Club of Palo Alto awarded $11,120 to three local organizations this year, including the Museum of American Heritage ($5,620) to produce weatherproof botanical labels and a visitor's brochure for self-guided tours through the garden; Environmental Volunteers ($3,000) for interpretive signage for the native-plant areas surrounding the EcoCenter at the Baylands; and Friends of Palo Alto Parks ($2,500) to complete the second phase of the Bol Park Native Plot. The annual grant program "accepts applications from community organizations for projects that enhance the awareness of the value that our local gardens provide to the community," according to Betsy Okarma, chair, Project Funding Committee.

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