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Home front: Los Altos Garden Club is 90; make a seed planter

Also, learn about Japanese maples

A roundup of local home and garden news and events on the Midpeninsula, including Los Altos Garden Club's 90th birthday and classes on simple seed planters and Japanese maples.

NINETY YEARS OF GARDENING ... The Los Altos Garden Club will celebrate its 90th anniversary with an exhibit at the Los Altos History Museum called "90 Years of Flowers: Celebrating the Garden Club of Los Altos," at the J. Gilbert Smith House from March 7-April 28. The Los Altos Men's Club established the Garden Club in 1929 to organize flower shows in Los Altos' Shoup Park, which became an annual event. The Garden Club has contributed to civic beautification projects downtown for the past 80 years. The club started the town's first Pet Parade, set up a garden at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, and developed scholarship funds for high school and college students interested in a career in horticulture. The free exhibit will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The museum also will host workshops on horticulture and flower arranging to go along with the exhibit. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond museum hours. For more information, go to, email, or call 650-948-9427 x14. The Los Altos History Museum is at 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

PLANT SOME SEEDS ... Go to Hidden Villa on Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m. for a 45-minute activity on "Simple Seed Planters." Make your very own seed planter using just a few recycled materials and then hunt for wild seeds on the farm. Put your seeds in the new planter and take it home. To register, go to

JAPANESE MAPLES 101 ... Join experts at Summerwinds Nursery in Palo Alto for a free class on how to plant Japanese maples on Sunday, March 10. With more than 1,000 varieties of Japanese maples, the selection process can seem daunting. In this 30-minute seminar, garden experts will discuss selection, planting and care. Summerwinds Nursery is located at 725 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. To register, go to

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