GROW ORCHIDS ... These beauties can be grown here, with a bit of knowledge and TLC. Lyngso Garden Materials will offer a clinic on growing orchids on the coast and in the San Francisco area on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will get to know cool-growing orchids, such as masdevallia and cymbidiums, as well as everyone's favorite indoor orchid, the Phaelaenopsis. Discover how to successfully re-pot, water and feed orchids and get them to bloom again, as well as ways to deal with common pests and diseases. Master Gardener Lisa Erdos, who is leading the clinic, assists San Francisco seniors in gardening and growing orchids at San Francisco's 30th Street Senior Center and the St. Francis of Assisi Senior Housing Community. Lyngso is located at 345 Shoreway Road, San Carlos. To register, go to lyngsogarden.com.
NEED A GIFT IDEA? ... If you know someone who is crafty but hard to buy for, how about a paper-making workshop at the Palo Alto Adult School? Instructor Jamila Rufaro will hold a one-session workshop on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn to make your own decorative paper from cotton pulp and household materials. The cost is $60 plus a $10 materials fee. Go to paadultschool.org to register.
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