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Home Front: Building a rose garden; remodeling workshop

A round-up of local home and garden news and events.

RENTS ON THE RISE ... According to Apartment List, a San Francisco-based online apartment marketplace, rents in Palo Alto are up 5.7 percent over a year ago, at $2,600 for a one-bedroom. San Francisco tops the list at $3,420. A one-bedroom apartment in San Jose goes for a median of $2,110.

GARDENING ADVICE? ... If you could give a friend or relative who is a novice gardener advice, what would you tell them? Submit your practical ideas and advice whether they are to hire a professional, plant succulents, sprinkle poppy seeds everywhere or learn to compost to, and you may see your advice in print.

HOW-TO ROSE GARDENS ... The Peninsula Rose Society's monthly March meeting will feature "Building a Low-Maintenance Rose Garden," on March 21, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. The talk, by Steve and Diana Steps, will be held at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.

REMODELING WORKSHOP ... Palo Alto-based Harrell Remodeling will host a workshop on Wednesday, March 1, 6 - 8 p.m. on "Your Forever Home: Universal Design," at 944 Industrial Ave. in Palo Alto. go to to register.

A NEW HARDSCAPE ... Permeable surfaces play an important part of the drought and flooding solution and are a critical aspect to the health of our creeks and bay. Discover different permeable pavement options, their numerous advantages, and the pros and cons of each type including costs in a workshop on Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at Lyngso Garden Materials, 345 Shoreway Road, San Carlos. Ryan Marlinghaus, past owner of EarthCare Landscaping, and creator of PerkGrout™ and PerkTop™ fine pervious concrete products, will share his experience in this class. Go to to register.


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