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Home front: How to attract backyard bees, summer flower arranging

Also, latest listings show Atherton has the most-expensive home sale on the Midpeninsula

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including upcoming classes on creating appealing spaces for bees in your backyard and summer flower arrangements.

HOW TO ATTRACT BACKYARD BEES... Did you know that there are 1,600 species of bee native to California, and over 20,000 species worldwide? These flying insects are responsible for pollinating a third of the world's food crops and can be diverse and abundant even in urban settings. Learn about bees and why they matter and what you can do to create safe and appealing spaces for them in your backyard during the "All About Bees" Learn 'n Grow Class at SummerWinds Nursery on Sunday, June 23. The free, 30-minute class starts at 9 a.m. SummerWinds is located at 725 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.

SUMMER FLOWER ARRANGING... Learn how to arrange seasonal blooms at Gamble Garden from 9:30 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, July 13 with floral arranger Katherine Glazier, who co-led Filoli's floral design certificate program. Glazier will teach flower arranging through demonstrations and hands-on learning. In her designs, she prefers to use seasonally and domestically grown material with an emphasis on California-grown floriculture. Cost is $35 residents for residents; $45 for nonresidents. There is a $65 material fee, payable at the class. To register, go to

HIGHEST HOME SALES HITS $23M ... Atherton recorded the Midpeninsula's three most-expensive transactions for this week's Home Sales listings. The most-expensive sale was $23 million for a 12,073-square-foot house on a 1.36-acre lot on Belbrook Way that previously sold for $20 million after it was built in 2016. The second-highest sale was $12.85 million for a home on Atherton Avenue and the third highest sale was recorded at $10.5 million for a home also on Belbrook Way. View a complete list of this week's home sales here. California REsource, a real estate information company, obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

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