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Home Front: a bounty of botanical classes


This week's Home Front column features classes on mushrooms, container gardens and botanical art.

MORE ON MUSHROOMS ... Local residents can make friends with fungi on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2-3:30 p.m., at Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. During the event, Debbie Viess, who has studied fungi for more than 25 years, will talk about the habits of these organisms, giving examples from her garden and beyond. Participants will get to see edible, deadly, strange and beautiful mushrooms. The talk costs $20. Info:

OPENING DAY ... Filoli will be open for the first day in 2016 on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The country estate is located at 86 Caada Road, Woodside. Info:

CONTAINER GARDEN DEMO ... Container gardens will be the topic of a class on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 9-11:30 a.m., at Gamble Garden's Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Participants will learn about the design elements of container gardens and then use containers and plants to make their own. The workshop will be led by Sarah Easley, who has held apprenticeships at botanic gardens around the country and launched her container design business in 2008. The garden workshop costs $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers and includes materials. Info: and 650-329-1356.

BOTANICAL ART ... Botanical art classes at Filoli will start on Wednesday, Feb. 10 with the course "Watercolor Essentials: Washes and Glazes." The six-hour class --which costs $80 for members and $95 for nonmembers -- will help students create washes to use as a base for their botanical art works. Other February classes include "History of Botanical Art," "Drawing Plants in Perspective I" and "Pen and Ink: Magnolias." Filoli also offers a Botanical Art Certificate Program, in which students complete an in-depth study of botanical art through a curriculum covering artistic skills and concepts, basic botany and botanical art history. More details about the range of classes, costs, supplies needed, prerequisites and credit hours can be found on Filoli's website. Info:

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