Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - February 15, 2013

Home Front for Feb. 15:

CAMELLIA SHOW AND SALE ... The 52nd annual San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society Flower Show & Plant Sale is set for 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. Close to 1,000 camellia blooms will be featured, including newly introduced and hard-to-find plants. The free show also includes a display of ikebana (with camellias) and educational workshops. The show is co-sponsored by the Redwood City Parks and Recreation Department. Information: http://camelliasfpcs.org

DIRT BASICS ... Ryan Batjiaka, assistant garden manager at Ecology Action in Willits, Calif., will teach two classes on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. "Intro to Soil Science," from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will deal with what makes soil productive and how to get a lab test and how to read the results. "Composting," from 2 to 4 p.m., will involve carpooling to a local garden to build a compost pile. Bring a 5-gallon bucket of green material (could include grass, weeds and non-meat kitchen scraps). Each class is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

SOUPS, BROTHS ... Lisa Herndon of Lisa's Counter Culture will teach a class, "Soups! Bone Broths and Stocks," from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at a private home in Palo Alto. Focus is on mineral-rich, healthy and economical broths. Cost is $70. Information: http://lisascounterculture.com or email lisa@lisascounterculture.com

FILOLI OPENS ... Filoli, at 86 Canada Road, Woodside, will open for the season with a "Daffodil Daydreams" celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23, and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24. The event features three days of talks, demonstrations, garden walks, an art exhibit and activities for families. Cost is free for members; nonmember adults pay $15, seniors $12, students $5; children 4 years and younger free. Information: www.filoli.org or 650-364-8300

NEW ZEALAND GARDENS ... Paul Anderson will talk about gardens in the Canterbury region of New Zealand at the next meeting of the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The group meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information: www.deanza-ars.com

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