AUTUMN PLANT CLINIC ... UC Master Gardners will hold its free, drop-in "Autumn Plant Clinic" from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Bring plant or pest samples (sealed in plastic) or photos, and ask the master gardeners about organic gardening methods, soil types, fertilizers, mulches, pests and beneficial insects, attracting birds, and more. Handouts will be available. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org
TROPICAL RHODIES ... Sherla Bertelmann, owner of Pacific Island Nursery in Kea'au, Hawaii, will offer a free program on tropical rhododendrons at the next meeting of the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The group meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information: http://deanza-ars.com/
FAST AND FABULOUS ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will teach a new, one-session class called "Fast and Fabulous" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Menu for the class, which includes demonstration, participation and sampling, will cover salmon wrapped with prosciutto and sundried tomatoes with basil; gnocchi with a mushroom medley and gorgonzola cheese with truffle oil; garbanzo bean, saffron soup with cilantro; and a mango chutney chicken dish. Fee is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
SUSTAINABLE GARDENING ... The City of Palo Alto will offer a free class on "Creating a Water Efficient Sustainable Garden" from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Cubberley Community Center, H-1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. This hands-on workshop will cover designing a garden space, preparing soil, selecting and placing plants and setting up irrigation. Participants, who are asked to bring sturdy working shoes, gloves, hats, sunscreen and water, will help re-landscape a planter area at City Hall. Information: www.cityofpaloalto.org/workshops or 650-329-2241
OPEN DAYS ... Every year the Garden Conservancy, a national organization dedicated to preserving "interest in America's exceptional gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public," invites the public to visit private gardens during its Open Days weekends, usually in May around here. The organization is already looking for next year's candidates. If you know a garden that you'd like to recommend, you can call 854-424-6502 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information: www.gardenconservancy.org
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