A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including classes on growing fruit year-round and planting and harvesting garlic.
YEAR-ROUND FRUIT ... Learn how to grow fruit in your home garden all throughout the year at a five-session class beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15, offered by the Palo Alto Adult School, with instructors from the UC Master Gardeners. Explore how to grow apples and pears, stone fruits (peaches, plums, etc.), citrus and berries. Topics to be covered include: preparing the soil and planting, pruning and sustainable gardening practices such as efficient watering methods, integrated pest management and non-synthetic soil amendments. The course fee is $80. The class meets Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 15 through Nov. 12 at Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. To register, visit paadultschool.org.
GROWING GARLIC ... If garlic is a staple in your kitchen, find out how to grow your own supply of this pungent, versatile ingredient at a free Master Gardeners workshop on Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rinconada Library. Learn how to choose the garlic varieties that thrive in our area, how to prepare the soil for planting and how to plant, grow, harvest and store garlic bulbs. The Rinconada Library is located at 1213 Newell Rd, Palo Alto. For more information, call 408-282-3105 or visit mgsantaclara.ucanr.edu.
MONARCH FESTIVAL ... Learn about how to help monarch butterflies and other pollinators at the inaugural Monarch Festival taking place Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to noon at Gamble Garden. The festival will feature family-friendly activities such as storytelling, arts and crafts, games and a parade through the garden meant to mimic the monarchs' annual migration. The event also includes three talks about how to help pollinators and self-guided tours of Gamble Garden's native and pollinator beds. Each family will get to take home a native milkweed, the monarchs' host plant, for their garden to help restore the butterflies' habitat. Gamble Garden is located at 1431 Waverley St, Palo Alto. Admission is free but registration is required. Register at gamblegarden.org.