START YOUR OWN ORCHARD ... Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will offer a free class on "Fruit Trees — Start or Add to Your Home Orchard!" from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Barnes will cover bare-root trees, tips on which varieties to choose at nurseries, fertilizing, pruning, fruit thinning and general care. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org
PRUNING TIPS ... Lisa Griffin, from Filoli's horticulture staff, will offer a day of demonstration and practice in "Get Ready to Prune!," from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Students should bring a pair of shears or loppers to practice the basics of tool sharpening, then bring them to the garden to learn basic pruning techniques. Fee is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
WINTER GARDEN TIPS ... Ella Ancheta, Gamble Garden garden manager, will offer "Winter Garden Tips" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, meeting at the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Ancheta will cover essential winter-garden maintenance and which tools to use for which chores. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org
SILVAR'S NEW OFFICERS ... Among the new officers of the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® (SILVAR) are Christopher Isaacson, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker in Woodside, president-elect; and Phyllis Carmichael, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker in Los Altos, treasurer. Also on the board are: Jeff Beltramo (Coldwell Banker), Palo Alto district chair; Lehua Greenman (Coldwell Banker), Menlo Park/Atherton district chair; and Bonnie Kehl and Joe Brown (Coldwell Banker), Los Altos/Mountain View district co-chairs.
HAVE A COOL POND? ... The Santa Clara Valley Koi & Water Garden Club (SCVKWG) is planning another pond tour this summer, and is seeking ponds near Palo Alto to showcase. The ponds range from relatively small and inexpensive to larger and more elaborate. If you'd like to nominate your pond (or one you think should be on tour), email Don Chamberlain at email@example.com
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