GO NATIVE ... The California Native Plant Society will hold a daylong symposium on gardening for wildlife on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Speakers are to include Judith Larner Lowry, author and owner of Larner Seeds, on "The Importance of Being Local for Habitat and Design." Sara Leon Guerrero, researcher at the Urban Bee Lab, U.C. Berkeley, will present "Native Bees Need You" and describe how native pollinators benefit our gardens, showing some of the most common local bees with their favorite nectar and pollen-rich plants. Liam O'Brien will present "The Butterflies of San Francisco: How They Relate to Your Garden." Registration is $100 for the general public, $90 for CNPS members, or $65 for students. Register in advance at cnps-scv.org; same-day registration (if space is available) begins at 8a.m. Continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.
TOMATO, TOMAHTO ... A reminder that Gamble Garden will hold its 4th annual Tomato Extravaganza on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the free community festival, which was mentioned here a few weeks ago, will allow you to taste different tomato varieties, share your own tomato harvest, and meet other enthusiasts. Go to gamblegarden.org to register.
FALL GARDENING CLASS ... The Palo Alto Adult School will offer a 10-week Fall Gardening class starting Wednesday, Sept. 14, through Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon in Cubberley Center room A7. Taught by gardening expert Sherri Bohan, the class will help both novice and experienced gardeners learn several ways to winterize your garden for a sooner spring recovery. Colorful bulbs, healthy fruit trees, perennial borders, lovely water-wise landscapes, productive vegetable, herb and kitchen gardens, roses, vines and citrus trees are focused on in this class. Cost is $65 plus a $5 materials fee will be payable to the instructor. Register at paadultschool.org.