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Plant sale, rhododendron workshop, bath and kitchen remodel, compost basics, fruit trees and garden submissions

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes a native plant sale, a rhododendron workshop, a bath and kitchen remodeling event, a compost class, a fruit tree care clinic and a call for garden submissions.

PLANT SALE ... Buy native plants at the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society's sale on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Cash, check and credit card will be accepted, and parking is free. Buyers should bring a box to carry plant purchases. Info: Santa Clara Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society

RHODODENDRONS ... Learn how to grow the best rhododendrons with the help of the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Info: De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society

BATH (AND KITCHEN) TIME ... Learn about bathroom and kitchen remodels on Saturday, Oct. 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at 1954 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. As part of a Harrell Remodeling workshop series, participants will learn from industry experts and receive the tools they need to successfully start their next remodeling project. Info: Harrell Remodeling workshops

COMPOST BASICS ... Compost at home after learning the basics on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon, in Room H-1 at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. During this free course, participants will learn about how compost helps a garden. Info: City of Palo Alto workshops

HEALTHY FRUIT TREES ... Learn to prune fruit trees from apple to plum on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2-4 p.m., at Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. In this class, Tom Cronin will demonstrate how to prune a tree, show which tools are best and teach basic pruning techniques. The $40 workshop includes hands-on learning. Info: Common Ground Garden

CALL FOR GARDENS ... Submit your garden by Saturday, Oct. 31, for inclusion in the Going Native Garden Tour 2016. To qualify, you must live in San Mateo or Santa Clara counties and have a garden that is comprised of 50 percent or more of California native plants. If selected, your garden will be included in the tour which will take place on April 9 and 10, 2016. Info: Going Native Garden Tour submission

Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or email Deadline is one week before publication.

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