Home Front for Jan. 22:ROSE PRUNING ... Carole Kraft will offer a class on "Rose Pruning and Care" on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class, which includes discussion of soil and mulches, will visit a nearby garden for a demonstration and hands-on pruning opportunities. Participants should bring a snack; pruning shears are optional. Cost is $38. Information: Call 650-493-6072 or visit www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or rosepruning.eventbrite.com
HOW'S YOUR BOTANY? ... As part of its "Year in the Garden" series, two classes will be offered on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. "Botany for Horticulturists," from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., includes information on plant anatomy, as well as plant life cycles, reproduction and physiology. "The Winter Garden," from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., will cover pruning, protection against frost, pests and diseases, bare-root planting and cleanup. The fee for each class is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: Call 650-364-8300 or visit www.filoli.org.
MORE ON PRUNING ... Ted Kipping, a nationally known horticulturist and arborist, will discuss pruning techniques, including bonsai and espalier, at the next meeting of the Garden Club of Los Altos on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m. The group meets at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos. Guests pay $5. Information: Call 650-964-7614.
BARE ROOT TREES ... U.C. Master Gardeners will offer a free workshop on "Planting Bare Root Fruit Trees" on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. The gardeners will talk about selecting the best trees for this area, planting, pruning and possibly espalier techniques. Information: Visit mastergardeners.org or homeorchard.ucdavis.edu.
COZY SOUPS ... Lou Pappas and Jack Graf will teach a class on "Mediterranean Soups and French Bread" on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Pappas is the author of more than 50 cookbooks, including "Favorite Soup Recipes." Graf has been baking bread for more than 20 years. Everyone who signs up in advance will go home with one of his baguettes. Cost is $55 for nonmembers, $45 for members. Information: Call 650-329-1356 or visit www.gamblegarden.org.
THINKING OF REMODELING? ... The South Bay Home & Garden Show, with home and gardening exhibitors as well as celebrities from home-focused TV shows, will take place Jan. 22-24 (Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. Cost is $10 general, $8 seniors (discounts online); children 12 and under free; parking is free. Information: Visit www.southbayhomeshow.com or call 408-236-2000.