HomeFrontSHEAR GENIUS ... Chris Ingram, an ISA-certified arborist and professional aesthetic pruner, will teach "Aesthetic Pruning in Early Spring" on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Ingram will talk about principles and practices for spring that can be used throughout the year. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $30 for members. Information: Call 650-329-1356 or visit www.gamblegarden.org.
THE DIRT ON DIRT ... Master Gardener Candace Simpson will give a free talk on "The Soil's the Secret" on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. Her topics will include soil amendments, fertilizers and mulches as well as proper digging technique. Information: Call Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or visit mastergardeners.org.
TENDER SHOOTS ... Jody Main and Nancy Jamello, who have decades of experience in growing sprouts, will co-teach a class called "Sprouts Are Good" on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. These tender, young plants — including almond, pumpkin and sunflower sprouts, sweet baby clover, radish and alfalfa sprouts, lentils and black beans — can grow in one to four days. Class includes a cooking demonstration and tasting. Cost is $31 plus $10 materials fee. Information: Call 650-493-6072 or visit www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or sproutsaregood.eventbrite.com
FOR CHOCOHOLICS ... A one-evening class on "The Chocolate Experience — from Beans to Bar" will be taught by Ron and Zaida Kent, owners of The Oaxacan Kitchen in Palo Alto, on Monday, Feb. 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Just in time for Valentine's Day, the class will include truffle making, Sacher torte, chocolate mousse and Oaxacan hot chocolate. Cost is $50. Information: Call 650-329-3752 or visit www.paadultschool.org.
LIVING SOIL ... Theresa Lyngso of Lyngso Garden Materials, Redwood City, will talk to the Peninsula Rose Society about "The Soil Food Web, Learning About Living Soils to Grow Good Roses" on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. The group meets at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. Information: Call 650-857-9380 or visit www.peninsularosesociety.org.