FROM THE GROUND UP ... A free class, part of the Bay-Friendly Gardening series, on "Gardening from the Ground Up" will be offered on Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the Palo Alto Art Center auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto; the class takes place at the nearby Community Garden. Participants should wear covered shoes and bring gardening gloves. A $20 materials fee includes a Bay-Friendly gardening book. After attending the workshop, Palo Alto residents are given a voucher for a reduced-price Biostack compost bin. Registration requested. Information: www.ReduceWaste.org or 408-918-4640.
CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH SALAD ... Jody Main, organic food and garden writer, will teach how to "Start an Earth Day Salad Garden" on Saturday, April 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Class covers planting, harvesting and kitchen preparation, with a salad and dressing demonstration, snacks and recipes. Cost is $31 plus $5 materials fee. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or http://earthdaygarden.eventbrite.com.
WATER-EFFICIENT LANDSCAPE ... Patricia Evans will give a free talk on "Designing Water-Efficient Landscaping" on Saturday, April 17, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Information: 650-329-2241.
MINI-FARMING ... John Jeavons, executive director of Ecology Action and author of "How to Grow More Vegetables," will teach a class on the "Complete-Diet Mini-Farming" — how to farm on the smallest space possible — on Saturday, April 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or http://completediet.eventbrite.com.
GOING NATIVE GARDEN TOUR ... A free tour of native gardens in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and beyond, including the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden at Eleanor Pardee Park, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto, will be held Sunday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Information: http://gngt.org.
FLOWER SHOW ... Local garden club members will be highlighting their cut flowers and flower arrangements at the Third Annual Flower Show on Sunday, April 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Judging is by six National Garden Club judges. The free event is sponsored by the Mountain View Garden Club, the Mountain View Shoreline Parks Department and Friends of Rengstorff House. Information: Barbara Gordon, president of the Mountain View Garden Club, at 650-969-3261.
A GARDEN WELL-PLACED ... Xa Tollemache, an award-winning British garden designer, will speak about "A Garden Well Placed: A Designer's Harmony Between House and Garden" on Tuesday, April 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Filoli Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Tollemache's projects range from small courtyard gardens to huge estates. Cost is $30 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org.
LOW-MAINTENANCE GARDENS ... Landscape gardeners Julie Orr and Julia Powers will give a free talk on "Creating Low Maintenance Gardens: Getting the Right Design" on Tuesday, April 20, from 5 to 6:45 p.m. at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. The talk, which is sponsored by Kepler's Books and Green Making (www.essentialquality.com/index.html, the local website for building green homes), will focus on avoiding design errors.
BOUQUETS TO ART ... Eleven local floral artists will be participating in Bouquets to Art 2010, April 20-24, at the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. Bouquets to Art features floral arrangements that are inspired by art at the de Young. Among the artists will be DeVoy Designs of Atherton; The Empire of Flora, Los Altos Hills; Fleur de Vie and Design & Interiors, Los Altos; Thanh Nguyen, Florabella and Flair, Menlo Park; Hunter-Lee Flowers, Mountain View; Pomegranate, Filoli and the Woodside/Atherton Garden Club, Woodside. This year's theme is "French Impressions," in tribute to upcoming exhibits from the Musee d'Orsay. Information: www.bouquetstoart.org or www.deyoungmuseum.org or 415-750-3600.
GET A GREEN START ... Industry leaders will talk about getting a "Green Start on Your Home" on Wednesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Topics include energy efficiency, solar rebates, rainwater harvesting, permeable pavement and sustainable landscape ideas. Information: www.cityofpaloalto.org/earthday or 650-329-2100.
GREEN INTERIORS ... Kirsten Flynn, owner of the design firm Sustainable Home, will offer a two-session class on "Green Interior Design — the Nuts and Bolts" on Wednesdays, April 21 and 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 306, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Focus will be on environmental issues associated with interior materials and furnishings. Cost is $40. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org.