BACK TO BASICS ... Hazel White, author of 11 gardening books and a poet, will offer a class called "Beginning (Again) in the Garden" on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The workshop is designed to help people understand why they garden by exploring childhood memories, looking at the role of growing food or taking care of the land, as well as seeking personal meaning. Participants should bring writing materials to help plan their garden. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $30 for members. Information: Call 650-329-1356 or visit www.gamblegarden.org.
BEST-TASTING FRUITS ... Nancy Garrison, who oversees the rare-fruit plantings at Prusch Farm Park in San Jose, will teach a class on "Fruit Tree Varieties" on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Garrison will talk about the best-tasting local varieties of peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots, apricots, apples and pears. Cost is $31. Information: Call 650-493-6072 or visit www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or http://fruittreevarieties.eventbrite.com/.
DISPLAY GARDENS ... Don Wallace of Singing Tree Gardens in McKinleyville, Calif., will speak to the Garden Club of Los Altos on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos. His topic is "Creating a Display Garden Nursery, Using Our Favorite Plants and Plant Combinations." Guests pay $5. Information: Call 650-964-7614.
GIFTS FROM THE GARDEN ... UC Master Gardener Vera Kark will offer a free program on "Gifts from the Garden" on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Gifts from the garden include canned fruits, preserves, pickles dried herbs, honey, eggs, while gifts to the garden include mulching and pruning. Information: Call Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or visit http://mastergardeners.org.
PLANT COMBOS ... Landscape designer Fran Adams will teach a class on "Landscape Plants and Combinations," Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 23 through March 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 1708, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class will include PowerPoint presentations, plant samples, readings and a Saturday field trip (March 13). Students should bring cuttings and photos, as well as the 2007 edition of the "Sunset Western Garden Book" and "Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates." Cost is $98. Information: Call 650-329-3752 or visit www.paadultschool.org.
NEED HELP WITH HOUSEHOLD TASKS? ... The Realtor Volunteer Service Program, with help from the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, will be spending May 3 through May 7 helping homeowners or renters with tasks— planting spring flowers, flipping a mattress, changing smoke-detector batteries, washing windows — that help them stay in their homes. Deadline for requesting free assistance is Friday, Feb. 26. Information: Call 408-200-0100 or visit www.silvar.org to download an application.