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Home front: hurricane relief; tulips do's and don'ts


A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a real estate company's fundraiser to assist people impacted by hurricanes in Houston, Texas and Florida; tips on planting tulips; and horticulture resources.

HURRICANE RELIEF ... Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Northern California is assisting in raising funds for victims of the recent hurricanes in Houston and Florida. Coldwell has two campaigns, the Realogy Disaster Relief Fund (RDRF) and the Realogy Foundation's Florida Hurricane Fund. "Our neighbors were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey and Irma, and need all the support they can get to rebuild and re-establish a sense of normalcy," said Mike James, president of Coldwell Banker in Northern California. The sole purpose of RDRF is to provide direct financial assistance to affected employees and sales agents affiliated with a Realogy-franchised or company-owned real estate brokerage office. Donate to the Realogy Disaster Relief Fund or visit for more information. The Realogy Foundation's Florida Hurricane Fund was organized to support all victims affected by Hurricane Irma. The proceeds of this campaign will benefit the American Red Cross. To date, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage affiliated agents and employees, along with Realogy colleagues, have contributed approximately $340,000 to the Red Cross to support impacted areas in Texas.

TULIP DO'S AND DON'TS ... According to Garden Design magazine writer Tovah Martin, now is the time to plant tulip bulbs. They prefer a sandy loam soil, and bulbs should be buried 6 to 8 inches below the soil line. Don't plant tulips in the shade, as they are sun lovers. Wait until the foliage has completely died back before cutting back. If you're planning to leave your tulips in place for a few years, cut off flowering stems after the petals have dropped. Tulip bulbs can be purchased at local nurseries or ordered online. Make sure you are buying bulbs, not seeds. Tulip seeds can be tough to start and will take a few years to produce flowers.

GARDENER REFERENCE ... Read up on horticultural topics every weekday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Gamble Garden's Main House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The Horticulture Reference Library contains more than 800 books on a range of topics with an emphasis on the home garden. For more information go to The website offers searches and also notes new books added to the library's collection, such as "Weeds of North America."

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