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Function meets beauty: Punctuation of color sets Los Altos Hills home apart

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Karen Talmadge and John Fiddes remodeled their Los Altos Hills home with a modern flair and pops of bold color.

Karen Talmadge and John Fiddes have brought their kitchen into the “modern” world – in the true sense of the word.

“We have lots of toys,” she said of the sleek remodeled kitchen in their Los Altos Hills home. “It’s now functional and integrated into the social life of the house.”

Pruning natives properly enhances beauty of the garden

Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
If monkeyflower branches grow too long, you can reduce them to 6 inches long in the winter. The semiwoody shrubs are prone to flopping over or getting too leggy if they get too much shade or water.

Proper pruning can make your native garden more appealing, according to landscape designer Patricia Evans, who spoke to a group of native-gardening enthusiasts in Los Altos this month.

Native sods serve as drought-conscious solution

Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Native grasses create billowy meadows that feel soft underfoot. Let the grasses flower and go to seed, marking the turn of the seasons and attracting pollinators. Their deep roots build soil and foster a diverse community of soil fauna.

The longer the drought goes on, the more sense it makes to question lawns in our summer-dry climate.

Residents highlight Eichler attributes while trying to create historic district

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Eichler homes, like that of Tracy Gibbons, feature glass walls, post-and-beam construction, open floor plans and A-frame roofs.

Visionary developer Joseph Eichler and dentist Barry Gordon would sit in the courtyard of Gordon’s Los Altos home, smoke cigars and talk mid-century architecture.

“Barry was a frustrated architect,’’ Margot Gordon said of her late husband. “He just loved to talk to Joe.”

Home Brief

Master Gardeners host table at Mtn. View Arbor Day event

The UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County are slated to participate in the annual Mountain View Arbor Day Festival, scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 at Rengstorff Park, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to host an information table and children’s activities.

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