WATER EFFICIENCY ... The City of Palo Alto Utilities Department will offer a free workshop on "Garden Design Concepts and Applications" on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The workshop will focus on designing a water-efficient garden that includes native plants and is friendly to butterflies and birds. Space is limited. Information (and to register): www.cityofpaloalto.org/workshops or 650-329-2241
COOL SEASON GARDENING ... Master Gardener Heather Dooley will give a free talk on "Cool Season Vegetable Gardening" on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Topics include timing of planting to maximize harvest, watering, feeding, weeding and managing pests. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org
YOGA FOR GARDENERS ... Common Ground Center Manager Patricia Becker, who is also a certified Anusara-inspired yoga teacher, will offer a class on "Yoga for Gardeners" on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Focus is on practicing gentle poses to strengthen one's core, proper bending and lifting techniques and stretches. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
AUTUMN COLORS ... A class in "Autumn Color Maintenance" will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Focus is on good gardening practices, including selecting and planting bulbs and annuals, pruning, mulching and composting. Fee for the outdoor class is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
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