A plant exchange sponsored by the Garden Club of Los Altos and the Los Altos Recreation Department is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, at the Hillview Community Center parking lot, 97 Hillview Ave., in Los Altos.
People can bring their extra plants, seedlings, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, small shrubs and trees to exchange for something new.
Rhododendrons downtown on Saturday
See and buy gorgeous and unusual rhododendrons from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the 23rd annual Rhododendron Show and Plant Sale presented by the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society at the square between Main Street and State Street in downtown Los Altos.
A wide variety of hybrid and species rhododendrons and azaleas will be featured and volunteers will gladly advise on planting and nurturing questions. For more information, call 322-5688 or 851-1313.
Backyard orchard culture
The Western Horticultural Society presents Nancy Garrison and Ed Laivo, a dynamic orcharding duo, on "Backyard Orchard Culture," 7:30 p.m., May 10, in the multipurpose room at Loyola School, 770 Berry Ave., Los Altos.
Garrison started the U.C. Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program in Santa Clara County in 1982 and has been coordinating it ever since. Laivo is an ebullient orchardist and speaker with the innovative Dave Wilson Nursery in Hickman, propagators of the Pluot and Aprium and fruit tree supplier for most of the Peninsula's local retail nurseries.
Guests are welcome at Western Horticulture meetings, which also include plant raffles and plant discussions. For more information, call 856-6454.
Tour of Atherton, Woodside gardens
A garden tour, "Symphony in Flowers," benefiting the San Francisco Symphony Mid-Peninsula League, will feature four gorgeous gardens in Woodside and Atherton on May 5 and 6. Interesting table settings will be on view in some gardens and a buffet luncheon will be available for $15 by reservation only.
The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and special presentations in the gardens will include "Designing a Garden without a Professional," "Lovely Is the Rose," "The Art of Bonsai," floral demonstrations and "Cooking with Herbs." Ticket prices are $25 each, if ordered before Friday and $30 on the days of the tour. There is a discount for groups of 10 or more. For tickets and more information, call 592-4266.
Garden Conservancy tour
Six private gardens on the Peninsula will open their gates on May 13 to support the Garden Conservancy, a national organization devoted to preserving great American gardens. Visitors can start with the Sanders Garden at 156 Hawthorne Drive, Atherton, where they will receive directions to other Atherton and Woodside gardens. Call 1-888-842-2442 for more information and wheel chair accessibility.
Admission to each garden is $4 cash and may be paid at the gate; no reservations are required.
Mother's Day at Filoli
On Mother's Day, May 14, Filoli in Woodside will present a flower show, lovely flower arrangements, table settings, horticulture displays and exhibits and offer musical entertainment in both the house and garden. A professional photographer will be on the terraces to photograph the whole family or just Mom.
Admission to the day is $15 for adults; children under 12 are $1; and under 2 are free. There will also be a champagne brunch (reservations necessary) and light lunches available in the Quail's Nest cafe. For reservations and more information, phone 364-8300, ex. 508, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.