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Home front: Document shredding, moonlight garden workshop

Also, native plant pruning tips

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including free personal document shredding and a workshop on creating a garden that glows in the moonlight.

DOCUMENT SHREDDING ... Clear out some clutter and safely dispose of personal documents at a shredding event at the Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer (SMaRT) Station on Saturday, July 13, 8 a.m. to noon. The City of Sunnyvale's SMaRT Station and its partners, the cities of Palo Alto and Mountain View, offer this free event periodically to help deter identity theft. You must be a resident of Palo Alto, Mountain View or Sunnyvale to participate. The SMaRT Station is located at 301 Carl Road, Sunnyvale. For more information, call 408-752-8530 or visit

MOONLIGHT GARDEN ... Who says it has to be daytime to enjoy a garden? Find out how to make your yard come to life after sunset with a moonlight garden class on Sunday, July 14, 9 a.m. at Summer Winds Nursery. Learn about sweet-smelling night bloomers, foliage with white and silver tones that show up well after dark and plants that absorb daylight and glow at night. The class is free. Summer Winds Nursery is located at 725 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Register at or call 650-493-5136.

NATIVE PLANT PRUNING ... It might seem like native plants would grow best untamed. But even native plants can do with a little attention, and now is the time for it. Longtime gardener and landscaper Frank Niccoli leads this workshop for the California Native Plant Society on summer pruning for native plants. Learn about different pruning cuts and how to bring out the best in your California natives. This free workshop takes place Thursday, July 18, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. For more information, call the library at 650-903-6887.

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