A roundup of local home and garden news and events including rhododendron and rose enthusiasts' meetings.
THE DIRT ON ROSES ... The Peninsula Rose Society will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20 with a talk on "Fertilizers and Soils for Your Roses" by Barbara Gordon. Are you unsure about how to fertilize your roses or what soil to use? Gordon is an American Rose Society horticultural rose judge, consulting rosarian, and rose arrangement judge. Her talk will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building at 1455 Madison in Redwood City. Their website can be found at peninsularosesociety.org.
LOVE THOSE RHODIES? ... If you know what "rhodies" are (rhododendrons) you may love them enough to join the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from September to May at the Los Altos Community Center, Room 12, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. The group welcomes members, nonmembers and their guests. For more information, email chapter President Bee Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit deanza-ars.com.
GARDEN FRESH LUNCHEON ... Gamble Garden will hold its first garden luncheon of 2018 on March 14. March's menu includes many items with fresh garden vegetables, including leek and spinach soup. Reservations are required. Cost is $25 for members; $30 for nonmembers. Other upcoming luncheon dates are: April 11, May 9, June 13, Sept.12, and Oct. 10. To make a reservation, call 650-329-1356. For more information, go to gamblegarden.org. Gamble Garden is located at1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
INSPECTING GADGET ... If you want to feel like you and your contractor have more control over your building schedule, download the city of Palo Alto's "Palo Alto Inspection Request" app. The app allows you to review all of your current permits, look at your history, and schedule inspections online as your project goes on. The user-friendly interface lets you click on inspection codes for each permit you have and schedule inspections from the various city departments. Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play to download.