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Home Front for April 22:

CUT FLOWERS ... Nancy Garrison, longtime participant in the UC Cooperative Extension program, will offer a class on "Growing Cut Flowers" on Saturday, April 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will cover which flowers have the staying power to do well in arrangements, including purple orach, amaranths, alstroemerias, purple millet, peonies and long-stemmed roses. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or growingcutflowers.eventbrite.com/

RARE, HEIRLOOM BULBS ... Chris Wiesinger, aka "The Bulb Hunter," will talk about his search for rare heirloom bulbs acclimatized for warm climates at the next meeting of the Garden Club of Los Altos on Tuesday, April 26, at 1:30 p.m. The group meets at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos. Guests pay $10. Wiesinger will also be signing his new book, "Heirloom Bulbs for Today." The talk will be preceded by a plant and bake sale from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Information: 650-964-7614

SO LONG THIRSTY LAWN ... Deva Luna will teach a class on lawn alternatives on Thursday, April 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. The free class is offered by the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency. Information: 650-349-3000 for exact location in Mountain View

SWAP PLANTS ... This is the week to start digging up unwanted (but healthy) plants, seedlings, cuttings, bulbs, small trees or shrubs to bring to the Garden Club of Los Altos plant exchange on Saturday, April 30. The exchange, which is co-sponsored by the Los Altos Recreation Department, takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hillview Community Center parking lot, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. No privets or invasive plants — but all others must be labeled for the free swap. Information: 650-906-1651

DIVERSE SPRING TOUR ... Gamble Garden's annual Spring Tour takes place Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at five gardens in Crescent Park and Old Palo Alto, with a theme of "Outdoor Living in Palo Alto — Fine Landscape Design for California Lifestyles." Activities, food, music and shopping will take place at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Cost is $35 in advance, or $40 on the day. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org

COOKING CLASSES ... Upcoming cooking classes at Palo Alto Adult School include "An Evening in Oaxaca," taught by Zaida Kent on Wednesday, April 27, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The class will cover moles and will include chicken pozole; enchiladas with mole coloradito and roasted vegetables; roast butternut squash tamale with fresh vegetables and salsa; Mexican rice; Oaxacan black beans; and agua de horchata. The class takes place in Room 103 of Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org

PERFECT DAHLIAS ... Mimi Clarke will teach a class on "Growing the Perfect Dahlia" on Saturday, April 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. The hands-on class will feature potting up and planting Dahlia tubers; each participant will take home a Filoli Dahlia to plant at home. Cost is $50 for nonmembers, $40 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org


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