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Tuesday: Atherton talk on water-wise gardening

Atherton celebrates Earth Day

Atherton will celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday, April 21, with special events, including a talk on "Water Wise Gardening," starting at 7 p.m. in the Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave.

Julie Montanari, a master gardener and landscape designer, will talk about sustainable and water-wise landscape practices. A representative from the California Water Service Company will talk about the governor's recent order restricting water use. Refreshments will be provided and drought-tolerant plants will be raffled.

Ms. Montanari says she has a passion for water-wise landscapes. Her garden designs use California natives and other low-water-using plants. As a master gardener, she teaches home gardeners about low-water-using plants and sustainable gardening practices. She co-chaired three master gardener tours of water-wise gardens on the Peninsula and her home garden has been featured on several garden tours.

Ms. Montanari, who lives in San Mateo, has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and spent 15 years in the financial services industry before becoming a horticulturist. She has a certificate in environmental horticulture from Foothill College.

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