Native Plant Gardening in Pots in Redwood City
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Native Plant Gardening in Pots in Redwood City

Dress up the smallest of spaces using native plants in containers. Containers allow you to provide exactly the right soil, sun, and drainage conditions for those picky natives that you’ve always wanted to grow. See how creative you can be recycling pots and combining different textures and color for an ever-changing garden display. Note, this talk was rescheduled from May 10.

Pete Veilleux is a master designer, nurseryman, and photographer. He creates gardens using native plants for long-lasting landscapes that help people get the maximum use and pleasure from their patch of earth. He is the owner and propagator of East Bay Wilds Native Plant Nursery (www.eastbaywilds.com) in Oakland, and a tireless advocate of native gardening.

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Biodiversity and the Native Plant Gardener in Mountain View
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

Biodiversity and the Native Plant Gardener in Mountain View

What makes California a world hotspot of biodiversity? Why should a home gardener care? Learn about the critical role native plants play in a healthy environment, how human pressures are driving them to the brink of extinction, and what you as a home gardener can do to save and celebrate them. Learn how to provide habitat for wildlife, conserve natural resources, save effort and money, and give your garden a sense of place -- by using native plants. A plant list will be provided.

Arvind Kumar has been gardening with native plants for over 14 years and is a past president of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. A true advocate of the environment, he helped start the Going Native Garden Tour in 2003, has worked on native plant restoration projects at Lake Cunningham in San Jose, and received the Water Champion award from the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Coalition in 2013.

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Growing California Natives in Milpitas
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Growing California Natives in Milpitas

Come join us for a free library talk on Growing California Natives, presented by UCCE Master Gardener Carol Peck. You will learn about planting California natives in your landscape to save water and lower maintenance. Fall is a great time to "go native" by making changes to your garden. California natives attract bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, other beneficial insects. Some California natives are even edible. Natives also mix well with non-natives. Gardening with native plants brings the beauty of California into your own landscape while receiving numerous benefits.

Free.  For more information, please click here.

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Native Plant Sale at Hidden Villa - Los Altos Hills
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Native Plant Sale at Hidden Villa - Los Altos Hills

Scores of species of California native plants well-suited for our gardens and wildlife will be on sale at the CNPS SCV Nursery at Hidden Villa Ranch from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on October 20. Native plant books, posters, and note cards will also be available.

This sale is organized by the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). Come early for the best selection. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted. Bring boxes to carry purchases home. Free parking. No pets.

For more information, please click here

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Fall Garden Market at Martial Cottle Park - San Jose
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Garden Market at Martial Cottle Park - San Jose

  • Martial Cottle Park (Master Gardener Area) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for Martial Cottle Park's Harvest Festival, including our Fall Garden Market. The Harvest Festival celebrates the agricultural heritage of the Santa Clara Valley and the newest park in the county. There will be food, entertainment, park tours, and more. 

Our Fall Garden Market offers a bounty of winter vegetables and flower seedlings that thrive in our cool winter conditions and will keep your garden producing year round. Vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, kale, chard, peas, many varieties of lettuce and other salad greens, plus much more. Come get inspired! New this year: Heirloom garlic varieties.

We will also have talks by UC Master Gardeners, children's activities, a Green Elephant sale, and Help Desk LIVE! where you can ask questions and bring in samples for diagnosis.

Cost: $6 parking at Martial Cottle Park.

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Home Rainwater Collection and Rain Gardens - San Jose
Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

Home Rainwater Collection and Rain Gardens - San Jose

The rainy season is about to start! Your roof collects 600 gallons of rainwater for every 1000 square feet of roof area with every inch of rainfall, but where does all that precious water go? Don't let it run off of your property and into the storm drains, Harvest it! We have three rainwater collection systems on our parcel that collect several thousand gallons of rainwater for use in our greenhouse, along with feeding two small rain gardens on the east end of our pavilion, which will provide inspiration and ideas for your home. Come join Master Gardener Hank Morales for a discussion about home rainwater collection systems and how to construct your own simple system. He will also talk about rain gardens, which are another way to retain rainwater on your property.

Participants should wear closed-toed shoes, layered clothing and a hat, as the class is held outdoors in our Pavilion. A refillable water bottle, notebook and writing implements are recommended. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to park and sign in. Please note: the park charges $6.00 for parking, or you can park on Chynoweth Avenue near Vauxhall Circle for free.

Free.  For more information, please click here.

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Sustainable Pest Management in Sunnyvale
Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

Sustainable Pest Management in Sunnyvale

  • Sunnyvale Teaching and Demo Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Maintaining a healthy garden is the first step to dealing with pests. Master Gardener Karen Hurst will introduce the Integrated Pest Management approach (IPM) and discuss how to deal with specific pests in a sustainable way.  After the talk, we can tour the community garden to identify and discuss some common pest issues. 

Check out the UC Davis website, http://ipm.ucdavis.edu - a treasure trove of information on pests and diseases.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Karen Hurst

Cost: Free.  For more information, click here

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Compost Basics Workshop in Sunnyvale
Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

Compost Basics Workshop in Sunnyvale

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free. To register, click here.

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Planting California Natives in Your Garden - Gilroy
Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

Planting California Natives in Your Garden - Gilroy

  • South County Teaching and Demo Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how, when and where to start or expand your landscape with beautiful California native plants. They have limited water usage and maintenance. Some are even edible! A list of plants that are native to this area will be provided at the talk and a tour of the native section of the garden!

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Carol Peck

Cost: Free.  For more info, click here. 

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Using Graywater in your Native Garden in Milpitas
Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

Using Graywater in your Native Garden in Milpitas

California is a drought-prone state and it is imperative that we conserve every precision drop of water. Gray water is a great way to re-use water from inside the house for landscape irrigation outside of the house. Come learn how you can install a simple laundry-to-landscape system and which native plants are best suited for this type of irrigation. Did we mention you can also get a rebate from the local water district?

Sherri Osaka is a licensed Landscape Architect, Bay-Friendly Qualified Designer, and started her company, Sustainable Landscape Designs, over 20 years ago. She is a chair person for the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society and received the 2018 Water Champion distinction from the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award Coalition.

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Compost Basics in Palo Alto
Aug
4
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics in Palo Alto

  • Cubberly Community Center, Room H-1 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free. To register, click here.

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Compost Basics Workshop in Cupertino
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics Workshop in Cupertino

  • Environmental Education Center at McClellen Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free!  Registration is required.

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Compost Basics Workshop in San Jose
Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Compost Basics Workshop in San Jose

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free!  Registration is required.

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Natives Bees and the Native Garden in Campbell
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

Natives Bees and the Native Garden in Campbell

We all know about the European honey bee, but what about the native bees that live here in the Santa Clara Valley? These local insects help pollinate your ornamental and edible plants, too! Once you know what to look for, you’ll see over a dozen bee species that live in our urban setting—especially among locally-growing native plants. Find out how planting even a few select natives can enrich your garden and attract even more native (and honey) bees.

John Kehoe is a longtime member of CNPS as well as The Xerces Society. He is a regular volunteer at Ulistac, as well as at various CNPS functions and is passionate about the natural world. His research interests include studying native bees and their relationships with native plants. He shares these interests by way of his photography on Flickr, CalPhotos at UC Berkeley, and Bumble Bee Watch.

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Worm Workshop in Palo Alto
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Worm Workshop in Palo Alto

  • Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have you ever wondered what to do with all your food waste? How about feeding it to worms? Join us for a look at a unique method of managing home kitchen scraps, which turns trash into a valuable treasure – gardener’s black gold. Vermicomposting is the practice of feeding worms food scraps and in turn they produce a beneficial soil amendment called worm castings. At this workshop you will learn to build, maintain and troubleshoot a worm bin. For beginners to experienced composters, this workshop will be an opportunity to explore and ask an expert questions about composting using worms. I bet you never had a pet this productive!

Free!  Registration is required.

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Growing Succulents - Milpitas
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Growing Succulents - Milpitas

Learn how to grow and propagate succulents. Come join us for a free library talk on Growing Succulents, presented by UCCE Master Gardener Judy Hecht. Judy will discuss how to take care of succulents including the right amount water, sunlight, types of soil, and different types of pots. She will also discuss succulent varieties, common succulent pests and how to use succulents in the landscape.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Judy Hecht

For more information, please click here. 

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Compost Basics Workshop in Sunnyvale
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics Workshop in Sunnyvale

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free!  Registration is required.

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Attracting CA Native Bees - Los Altos
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Attracting CA Native Bees - Los Altos

Learn how to create a California native bee garden in your yard to attract these important pollinators. This talk will introduce the most common types of native bees observed in our area as well as the California native and low water Mediterranean plants and herbs that attract them. Having a garden that provides habitat for California native bees is important for their survival. It is also rewarding and fun to watch your garden come alive as you watch these bees buzz from flower to flower collecting nectar and pollen.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Cynthia Butler

For more information, please click here.

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Native Plants for Difficult Sites, a panel talk in Campbell
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Native Plants for Difficult Sites, a panel talk in Campbell

You know those difficult gardening sites: the ones that are dark all year until mid-summer, the ones under mature trees, and in those narrow side yards. Come hear our panel of designers and landscape architects provide native plant suggestions that can tolerate and thrive in some of your most challenging locations.

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Compost Basics Workshop in San Jose
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics Workshop in San Jose

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free!  Registration is required.

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Gardening with Succulents - Palo Alto
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Gardening with Succulents - Palo Alto

Join us to learn about the beauty of succulents. Whether in the ground or in containers, these diverse, low water plants are a welcome addition to your garden. Among the topics discussed will be maintenance, growing in the ground versus in a container, water requirements, propagation, and pests.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Kathleen Heckler

For more information, please click here.

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California Native Plants for your Landscape - San Jose
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

California Native Plants for your Landscape - San Jose

Learn the benefits of gardening with California native plants  that can attract butterflies, birds, beneficial insects and pollinators! Master Gardener Allie Judy will cover design basics, installation, watering and some favorite reliable drought tolerant plant families. Come with questions!

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Allie Judy

For more info, please click here.

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Succulents: Amazing Additions to your Garden - San Jose
Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

Succulents: Amazing Additions to your Garden - San Jose

  • Berryessa Branch Library - Community Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Succulents make amazing additions to a garden. Their shapes, colors, flowers, and textures can add variety to any planting bed or container. And, because they come from semiarid regions with irregular rainfall they are great drought-tolerant plants for Bay Area gardens. UC Master Gardener Kathleen Heckler will tell us how to care for succulents, both in landscapes and in containers. She’ll cover what the water and sun requirements are, how to propagate them, their pests (how to recognize them, how to deal with them) and dormancy. After the talk, we’ll have our seed and plant exchange, so if you have any seeds or plants you’d like to share please do bring them.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Kathleen Heckler

For more information, please click here.

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Compost Basics Workshop in Santa Clara
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics Workshop in Santa Clara

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free!  Registration is required.

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Easy-to-Grow Native Plants in Los Gatos
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Easy-to-Grow Native Plants in Los Gatos

Are you looking to start a native plant garden in order to save water, add habitat, and create beauty? Are you new to growing drought-tolerant native plants? Do you want to include them in your garden for beauty, habitat and sustainability, but don’t know where to begin? Come to this talk and learn about the many easy-to-grow native trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals for the home garden. Many of these plants are native to our local area and will thrive with just a little water and care.

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Composting Basics Workshop in Sunnyvale
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Composting Basics Workshop in Sunnyvale

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free!  Registration is required.

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All-Star Plants for the Native and Water-Wise Garden - San Jose
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

All-Star Plants for the Native and Water-Wise Garden - San Jose

The UC Davis Arboretum horticultural staff have identified 100 tough, reliable plants that have been extensively tested and shown to:

  • Be easy to grow
  • Not need a lot of water
  • Have few problems with pests or diseases
  • And have outstanding qualities in the garden

Many of these are California native plants and support native birds and insects. Master Gardener Rebecca Schoenenberger will discuss these “All-Star” native plants and describe their care and growing conditions.

For more information, click here.

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Native Bees, a talk by John Kehoe in Sunnyvale
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Native Bees, a talk by John Kehoe in Sunnyvale

We all know about the European honey bee, but what about the native bees that live here in the Santa Clara Valley? These local insects help pollinate your ornamental and edible plants, too! Once you know what to look for, you’ll see over a dozen bee species that live in our urban setting—especially among locally-growing native plants. Find out how planting even a few select natives can enrich your garden and attract even more native (and honey) bees.

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Composting Basics Workshop in Palo Alto
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Composting Basics Workshop in Palo Alto

  • Cubberly Community Center Room H-1 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free!  Registration is required.

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Composting Workshop in San Jose
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Composting Workshop in San Jose

  • Martial Cottle Park Demonstration Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Registration is required.

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Maintaining Native Gardens and Leak Detection in Palo Alto
May
26
9:00 AM09:00

Maintaining Native Gardens and Leak Detection in Palo Alto

  • Mitchell Park Library, El Palo Alto Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how maintenance of water-conserving landscapes differs from that of traditional landscapes, including the care and maintenance of native and drought-tolerant plants, soil, and irrigation devices. The lecture will also cover a brief detecting irrigation system issues such as leaks and clogs and how to clear them.

Free.  Register here: http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/signup2/

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Using Graywater in Your Native Garden Workshop in Saratoga
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Using Graywater in Your Native Garden Workshop in Saratoga

Come learn how you can install a simple laundry-to-landscape system, get a rebate for installing it, and which native plants are best suited for this type of irrigation—the most sustainable and cost-effective graywater systems after catching shower water in a bucket! Attending this free workshop will help participants qualify for the District's graywater rebate$200 (up to $400 in some areas).

To receive specific assistance during the workshop, bring a few photos of your laundry area and landscape to be irrigated with graywater.

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Free - Worm Workshop in San Jose
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Free - Worm Workshop in San Jose

  • Emma Prusch Farm Park Meeting Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have you ever wondered what to do with all your food waste? How about feeding it to worms? Join us for a look at a unique method of managing home kitchen scraps, which turns trash into a valuable treasure – gardener’s black gold. Vermicomposting is the practice of feeding worms food scraps and in turn they produce a beneficial soil amendment called worm castings. At this workshop you will learn to build, maintain and troubleshoot a worm bin. For beginners to experienced composters, this workshop will be an opportunity to explore and ask an expert questions about composting using worms. I bet you never had a pet this productive!

Registration required: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=22490

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Native/Drought Tolerant Plant Installation and Maintenance in San Jose
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Native/Drought Tolerant Plant Installation and Maintenance in San Jose

Discover how and why native and drought tolerant plants need less water, and how to plant and care for them. Learn how to prune parts of native plants, such as branches, buds, and roots to improve or maintain their health. Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided.

Registration Required  http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/signup2/

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Culinary Herbs - San Jose
May
16
6:30 PM18:30

Culinary Herbs - San Jose

Easy to grow culinary herbs can offer big savings! This talk is designed to acquaint the home gardener with a basic understanding of how various herbs are grown. Instructions on when to harvest and how to preserve many common herbs will also be given by Master Gardener, Janet Waagen.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Janet Waagen

Cost: Free

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Compost Basics Workshop in Sunnyvale
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics Workshop in Sunnyvale

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot!

Registration required: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=22480

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