Planting salvias in successful combinations with other plants will be speaker Betsy Clebsch's topic at the 7:30 p.m., Oct. 11 meeting of the Western Horticultural Society at Loyola School, 770 Berry Ave., Los Altos. There will be a plant raffle at the end of the program following a plant discussion. Visitors are welcome and the program is free. For more information, call Jean Fowkes, 327-9522.
Composting Basics Workshop
Certificated Master Composters volunteers will present a free Composting Basics Workshop 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 14, at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Attendees can purchase a low-cost composting bin at at county service center in San Jose following the workshop. Pre-registration is required; call (408)299-4147 to register.
Kitchen tour in Palo Alto
Five beautiful and unique kitchens in Palo Alto will be open for public viewing during the Fabulous Fall Kitchen Tour sponsored by the Senior Center Auxiliary of Avenidas, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 7. The tour will feature kitchens in the Tudor and Cape Cod styles, a historic 1920s kitchen, and one located on Christmas Tree Lane. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto or by calling 326-5362 or 322-1000. Proceeds from the tour benefit Avenidas and its programs and services for the senior community.
Garden club plant exchange
The Los Altos Garden Club will sponsor its annual fall plant exchange from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. For information, call 941-0950.
Arts in the garden
Art, music, puppet theater, children's art/garden projects, floral design and tours of Gamble House and Garden will all be part of Gamble Garden's "Arts in the Garden," noon to 4 p.m., Oct. 1. This free community day will also feature complimentary garden seeds, cookies and cold drinks. Gamble Garden is located at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. For more information, call 329-1356.
The California Country Antique Americana Show and Sale comes to Los Altos on Sunday, October 8. Sponsored by the Los Altos History Museum, it will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Admission is $5. For information, call 948-3642.
Native plant sale
Fall is the perfect time to plant natives in the garden. For a fine selection of locally-propagated perennials, vines, seeds and bulbs, visit the California Native Plant Society's annual fall sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21 at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. The sale will be held at the Society's nursery, located behind the Hidden Villa Visitor Center.
October workshops at Gamble Garden
During October, Gamble Garden in Palo Alto will present workshops on "Building a Propagating Workbench," "Designing with Ornamental Grasses," and "The Poetry of Water," all presented on Saturdays. For more information and registration, call 329-1356.
Sign-ups for holiday teas and dinners
Yerba Buena Nursery, the oldest native plant nursery in California, located in Woodside, will present a series of Farmhouse Christmas Tea Lunches and White Nights Dinners. The lunches will be served Dec. 7-14 in the nursery's farmhouse great room and cost $25. The dinners, served Dec. 15 and 16, will be illuminated by candles and conclude with a festive chocolate yule log dessert; cost is $35. Reserve places now, as only 50 guests can be accommodated at each meal. For reservations or more information, call 851-1668 or see www.yerbabuenanursery.com.
The nursery is having a sale of 15-gallon trees, now through December 31 and also offers a consultation with a garden designer for $200. Call Kathy at the above telephone number for a 4-hour consultation.