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Jim Denz Garden (Jim in Los Altos)

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Jim sits in one of the mildest locations in all of Northern California! Don't miss this garden meeting! Bring your camera!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Jim Denz Garden

Time: 1:00 PM

Location: 1085 Highland Circle

Los Altos, CA

The Jim Denz Garden, on 1/4 acre property, was started in earnest soon after the "big freeze" of December 1990. Existing Trachycarpus, Washingtonia, and Phoenix palms were barely affected by the low to mid 20s temperatures that lasted a week so, during the following spring season, Jim planted a few queens and king palms (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana) that are very large and fruiting today. Over the years 90 additional species of palms have been added including some unusual for the area Roystonea, Licuala, Hyophorbe, etc. that were planted along with many other subtropical, cold hardy species, and hybrids. The Roystonea borinquena, and Licuala peltata have been in the ground six years with no winter protection.

The garden's theme is that of a Balinese/Costa Rican rainforest, constantly evolving as plants and trees continue to mature and includes dozens of multiplying bromeliads, ferns, philodendrons, flowering heliconia, bamboo, and a 22,000 gallon koi pond with waterfalls and bridge. A thatched roof gazebo resides adjacent to the pond and waterfall. Several smaller water elements grace the landscape as do several stone and concrete statues and pottery.

The Sunset Zone 16 Los Altos microclimate, being on the south end of the SF Bay, is mild in summer with a few hot days, is warm in the autumn, has cool wet winters with occasional light frosts in open areas, and is cool and wet in the early spring turning dry and mild by mid April. Heat loving palms grow slowly but palms from cooler regions like Parajubeaea, Rhopalostylis, Howea, and Archontophoenix, grow more rapidly.

The garden is mostly shady so, even if it's a very warm day, it will be comfortable. This will be a potluck. Please don't forget to bring what you would like to drink, and perhaps a plant for out auction.

From the North: Take 101 or 280 south to Rt 17 South then exit South on Rt 85 to the Camden Ave Exit. Take a right on Camden, right on Ewer, then a left of Woodford.

From the south, Take 101 North, take Rt 85 North toward Mtn. View, then exit on Camden Ave, take a right on Branham Ave, then a left on Ross, then right on Ewer and left on Woodford.

Park in the School Parking lot across the street. Enter the garden to the left of the driveway.

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Please disregard the previous directions, they are incorrect.

Here are the correct directions:

From San Francisco:

Take Interstate 280 south to the Foothill Expressway Exit

Turn left onto Foothill Expressway

Three lights later, turn left onto Saint Joseph Ave.

Take the first right onto Granger Ave.

Turn left onto Eva Ave. and go through the next stop sign.

Continue on until you get to Kent Drive and turn left.

Take the first left onto Highlands Circle to 1085 on the left.

Look for palm tree shaped balloons out front.

From San Jose:

Take Highway 85 North to Interstate 280 North

Take the next turnoff which is Foothill Expressway and turn right on Foothill Exp.

Two lights later, turn left onto Saint Joseph Ave.

Take the first right onto Granger Ave.

Turn left onto Eva Ave. and go through the next stop sign.

Continue on until you get to Kent Drive and turn left.

Take the first left onto Highlands Circle to 1085 on the left

Look for palm tree shaped balloons out front.

From the East Bay:

Take 680 South to Interstate 280 North.

Take the Foothill Expressway exit and turn right onto Foothill Exp.

Two lights later, turn left onto Saint Joseph Ave.

Take the first right onto Granger Ave.

Turn left onto Eva Ave. and go through the next stop sign.

Continue on until you get to Kent Drive and turn left.

Take the first left onto Highlands Circle to 1085 on the left.

Look for the palm tree shaped balloons out front.

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We hope to see everyone at this, our last meeting of the year. Bring your camera, Jim's garden is perfect for pics, with lots of yard art, the giant koi pond and of course, one of the finest palm collections in all of Northern California.

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