Home FrontHOLISTIC LANDSCAPING ... Frank Niccoli, Foothill College horticulture instructor and owner of The Village Gardener in San Carlos, will teach a free workshop, "Holistic Landscape Management," on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Sponsored by City of Palo Alto Utilities, the workshop will deal with plant selection, pest management, soil preparation and watering techniques. Pre-registration is required. Information: www.cityofpaloalto.org/depts/utl/default.asp or 650-329-2241 to register.
TEXTILE ART ... FabMo's second annual Textile Art Boutique will be held Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. A limited lunch menu will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Quadrus café. More than 800 people are expected at the free event, where vendors will be selling everything from fabric-sculpture dolls to schlep bags, all made from designer fabric distributed by FabMo. The next free distribution event is Oct. 29-30. Information: www.fabmo.org.
SPRAY OR NOT? ... Frank Niccoli, owner of The Village Gardener and Foothill College instructor, will teach a class on "Integrated Pest Management" on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will focus on best strategies to control pests with minimal chemicals. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or integratedpestmanagement.eventbrite.com
BOTANICAL EXPLORERS ... As part of Gamble Garden's 25th anniversary lecture series, Betsy Fryberger, McMurtry curator emerita of prints and drawings, recently retired from the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University, will speak on "Who's That Stranger in My Garden" on Sunday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception. Fryberger will talk about how explorers traveled the world and brought back plants, including Lady Banks roses and Douglas firs, from exotic places to propagate in European great estates and later be commercialized. In a lecture/visual presentation, she will discuss the golden age of botany and more recent hybridizers. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $30 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org.
AUTUMN FLORAL DESIGN ... Charlotte Mayfield will present a program for the Garden Club of Los Altos on Autumn and Holiday floral design on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 1:15 p.m. The group meets at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos. Guests pay $10. Information: 650-964-7614.
ALL ABOUT LAWNS ... UC Master Gardener Marianne Mueller will talk "All About Lawns: From Sustainable Lawn Care to Options for Removing Part or All of Your Lawn" on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A. The free talk will be at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or mastergardeners.org.
BLAH BACKYARD? ... Deadline for entering HGTV's $15,000 Battle Your Blah Backyard Contest has been extended to Nov. 1. Entrants are asked to e-mail their reasons for needing a backyard makeover in 25 to 250 words. Prizes include a heavy-duty patio heater and a $50 CSNStores.com gift certificate, a $700 fire pit plus outdoor decor or a $15,000 complete backyard makeover from CSN Stores. Information: www.csnstores.com/backyard.