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Wildflower show and native plant sale

The California Native Plant Society will present its annual Wildflower Show and Native Plant Sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at Foothill College A beautiful and educational event presented by knowledgeable volunteers, this is a chance to purchase native plants, bulbs and seeds at reasonable prices in addition to plant-related posters, books and botanical prints.

Admission is free; parking requires eight quarters.

Mills Club sponsors Palo Alto home tour

The 10th Annual "Charming Cottages of Palo Alto" house tour, sponsored by the Palo Alto Area Mills College Club, is scheduled 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Featuring creative remodels of yesterday's homes, this year's tour includes five different older homes, remodeled with the help of local architects.

Tax deductible tickets are $25 through Friday, $30 after. Tickets may be purchased by calling 368-5798 or at the door at 981 Lincoln, Palo Alto.

Symphony in Flowers XII

The annual Woodside-Atherton garden tour, sponsored by the mid-Peninsula League of the San Francisco Symphony, will be held Friday and Saturday. Speakers in the gardens will include Jesse Cool, restaurateur and author; Lorrie Freeman, consulting rosarian; Karen Froniewski, owner of Nature's Alley; Jill Slater of ABC7's "Good Gardening" segments; and other gardening experts. For tickets, luncheon reservations and information, call 592-4266.

Garden Conservatories of America

The Western Horticulture Society has scheduled Anne Cunningham of Saratoga in a slide program on "Crystal Palaces: Garden Conservatories of the United States," 7:30 p.m., May 9, at the Loyola School multipurpose room, 770 Berry Ave., Los Altos.

Cunningham is a longtime gardening writer who has published the only book on the subject of America's glass garden conservatories.

She will discuss their architecture, their collections and share maintenance and growing tips.

There will also be a general plant discussion and plant raffle. The meeting is free and all are welcome.

Gardening classes at Common Ground

Common Ground, 2225 El Camino Real in Palo Alto, has scheduled classes for home gardeners in coming weeks, all scheduled for 10:30 a.m.:

Saturday, "Drip Irrigation" by Frank Niccoli; May 5, "California Native Plants and More" by Annie Hayes; May 12, "Container Gardening" by Patricia St. John; May 19, "Planting Your Herbal Garden" by Jody Main; and May 26, "Growing a Butterfly Garden" by Andy Liu and Sally Levinson.

There is a charge for the classes, which may be paid in person at Common Ground or by mail.

For information, call 328-6752.

Flower Show 2001 at Filoli House

Filoli's spectacular Mother's Day flower show scheduled May 10-13 will include horticultural displays, luncheons, a Mother's Day Champagne Brunch, the Filoli Garden in spring bloom and a judged show of beautiful, rare and unusual plant specimens by estate gardeners and professional horticulturists.

For more information, call 364-8300 or visit the Filoli Web site, www.filoli.org.

Celebration Weekend at Sunset

The whole family can enjoy demonstrations and activities at the Sunset Magazine gardens in Menlo Park 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 19 and 20. There will be stage presentations, beer and wine tasting, a tipi display, rock climbing, trick roping, jazz and blues performing artists, shopping, eating and tents devoted to the garden, cooking, home décor and kids (featuring cookie decorating).

General admission will be $8; seniors, $6; and children under 12, free. There will be $1 off general admission with a Safeway Club Card. Sunset's charitable partner for Celebration Weekend is the Children's Health Council of Menlo Park. For more information, call 800-786-7375 or visit www.sunset.com.

Western Horticultural fall programs

For local gardening enthusiasts, it's not too early to put some fall dates on the calendar. Here's a list of the fall programs of the Western Horticultural Society, all presented at 7:30 p.m. at Loyola School in Los Altos:

Sept. 12: "California Natives in Style," by Glenn Keator, California natives author and teacher and Alrie Middlebrook, interior designer. This presentation will give tips for including natives in many garden styles, even those with Oriental themes. The presenters' book, "California Natives in Style, will be published in the spring of 2002.

Oct. 10: "Trees for the New Millenium," by Judith Thomas, a consulting arborist, horticultural advisor and professor of landscape horticulture at Merritt College in Oakland.

Nov. 14: "Mediterranean Plants for the San Francisco Peninsula" by Warren G. Roberts, superintendent of the UC Davis Arboretum. A sixth-generation California gardener and the superintendent of the arboretum since 1972, Roberts is an expert on which Mediterranean plants thrive locally.

Most meetings of the Western Horticultural Society include a general plant discussion and a plant raffle. Admission is free and all are welcome. Loyola School is located at 770 Berry Ave.; for more information, call Jean Fowkes at 327-9522.

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