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Home front: Historic home for sale; rose gathering

Also, Gamble Garden's monthly luncheons

A roundup of home and garden news and events on the Midpeninsula, including a historic Mountain View home for sale, a discussion on photographing roses and Gamble Garden's monthly luncheons.

HISTORIC HOME FOR SALE ... Villa Mariposa, the Mountain View home of a prominent business leader in the city's nascent era is on the market this fall. The Arts-and-Crafts-style home with custom-designed period furniture pieces was once owned by Wilbur Camp, who formed the Farmers & Merchants Bank and served as its president more than 100 years ago. The home, listed at $5,998,000, is 4,017 square feet on a 22,215-square-foot lot. The large backyard has a pergola deck, pool, and spa.

ROSE GATHERING ... The September meeting of the Peninsula Rose Society will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 7:30 - 9 p.m. The topic is "Photographing Roses with Digital Equipment," and will include tips on composition, lighting and close-ups. Speaker Jan Hedman, who grew up on the Peninsula, has had her photos in five American Rose Society national calendars. The event will be held at the Veterans Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave.,Redwood City. For more information, go to

OCTOBER GARDEN LUNCH ... If you want to gather your friends and eat lunch al fresco, try Gamble Garden's "Garden Fresh Luncheons, held monthly. The next one will be Wednesday, Oct. 10, from noon to 2 p.m. and will include a complimentary docent-led tour through the garden at 1:30 p.m. Reservations are required for all luncheons. Call 650-329-1356. The cost is $25 for members, and $35 for non-members. October's lunch menu is Shadows lentil soup, a green salad, cheese puff Gougere and an apple crumble. For upcoming holiday luncheons, which are Dec. 4 - 8, call 650-329-1356 starting Nov. 1. The holiday luncheons are $30 per person for members, and $40 per person for nonmembers. For more information go to

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