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Home front: bird walks; Filoli garden tour


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BIRD WALKS ... The Filoli estate in Woodside is offering four bird walks with member of the Audubon Society as well as Friends of Filoli this spring. Walks are from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, May 20 and June 17, and Thursdays, May 11 and June 8. Hundreds of migrating birds visit Filoli each year on their way from Central and South America to their breeding grounds farther north. Don't forget your binoculars and a bird field guide. Adult fee per walk: $10 members; $20 nonmembers. Child fee per walk: $5 members; $10 nonmembers. To register, go to filoli.org.

FILOLI GARDEN TOUR ... Docents at Filoli will host several tours of the property from 10 a.m. to noon on Sundays, June 11, Aug. 6 and Oct. 1, and Fridays, June 23 and July 21. Discover how the families lived at Filoli and used what is now the Nature Preserve. This hike covers approximately 2 miles of trails with steep inclines. Adult fee per walk: $10 members; $20 nonmembers. Child fee per walk: $5 members; $10 nonmembers. Children age 7 and up are welcome. To register, go to filoli.org.

NEW WAYS TO ARRANGE ROSES ... Joan Sanders will teach a class on how to use roses and other foliage to create a fresh arrangement on Wednesday, June 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at Gamble Garden,1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The fee is $10 for members, $35 for nonmembers. To register, go to gamblegarden.org.

ASK A MASTER GARDENER ... Both San Mateo and Santa Clara counties offer free garden/pest advice through the UC Master Gardeners program (affiliated with the department of agriculture and natural resources for the University of California). Volunteers are certified to assist home gardeners with questions about gardening and pest management. They staff the San Mateo County Helpline Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 650-276-7430 or send an email to mgsmsf@ucanr.edu. For fastest service, provide as much information as you can, including your city of residence and a description of the problem. For Santa Clara County, contact master gardeners Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 408-282-3105 or visit 1553 Berger Drive, San Jose. Also, Fridays from February through November, from 1 to 4 p.m., you can call 650-329-1356 x205 or visit Gamble Garden in Palo Alto. If you are in Santa Clara County, go to mgsantaclara.ucanr.edu to submit your question.

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