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Longfellow Education Center gets curb appeal

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Alejandro Avanda (l), Agapito Castaneda (m) and Fernando Onofre (r) of Sierra Lumber build a fence at Longfellow Education Center on Thursday.

HGTV’s “Curb Appeal: The Block” stopped in Alameda this week to work their magic on the Haight Avenue home of Diane and Felicia Simon. And while they were here, they decided to build a community garden on the grounds of the Longfellow Educational Center.

The community-supported Longfellow Children’s Garden will primarily serve children attending the Woodstock Child Development Center, which just moved to Longfellow from its former Singleton Avenue location, said Zoe Holder of the Alameda Multicultural Community Center.

The plot will include a three-tier herb garden, vegetables, annuals and some larger plants, one of the show’s producers said Thursday. Holder said nearby Ploughshares Nursery would be donating plants.

“One of the primarily purposes of the Multicultural Center is to engage in  community-building. This is a wonderful example of the community and school district partnering to provide an educational and beautiful garden for children and families,” Holder said.

The show typically focuses on a single house for each episode, conducting a pair of mini-makeovers to round things out. But the houses on the Simons’ block “are pretty well maintained,” senior producer Ashley Singer said, and the show’s architect has wanted to do more community-oriented projects. So they stopped over at Longfellow and visited the Multicultural Center.

In addition to providing the garden, the show will give the multicultural center a new sign and a bench.

The show’s season starts in April and the Alameda show is likely to air at the end of May, Singer said. Episode updates are available on HGTV’s website.

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