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Home front: Orchard walks; harvest time at community garden

Also, upcoming class offer tips on maintaining a low-water garden

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a guided walk of an apricot orchard, volunteer opportunities at a community garden and tips on establishing a low-water garden.

ORCHARD WALKS ... Scientist Jane Packard will talk about the urban green space and the creatures, plants and pollinators that thrive there during a guided walk through the Los Altos Civic Center Apricot Orchard and surrounding museum gardens on Saturday, April 27, from 11a.m. to noon. The free event is part of the museum's Saturday Orchard Walks program that focuses on a different topic each week. All ages are welcome. Meet at the back door of the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. For more information, go to

HARVEST TIME AT COMMUNITY GARDEN ... Soil&Water Garden in Mountain View is looking for volunteers to help harvest and tend to the community plot at Heritage Park at 771 Rengstorff Ave. Two-hour work shifts are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for volunteers of all skill levels. Volunteers are rotated to different jobs each week to learn a variety of gardening skills through hands-on work, including everything from planting edibles and pulling weeds to picking produce and making organic bug repellant. Volunteers receive a portion of each harvest to take home, and teens also can earn community service credits for school. The garden is a project of the Los Altos Community Foundation. For more information, go to

WATERWISE GARDENING... Richard Hayden, garden director for Gamble Garden, will teach basic techniques for establishing and maintaining a low-water garden during a two-hour presentation on Saturday, May 4, at the Palo Alto garden, 1431 Waverley St.. The class will focus on the importance of plant selection, healthy soil, irrigation techniques and mulch that can help reduce landscaping water usage. The class is $25 for Palo Alto residents; $35 for non-residents. To register, go to

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