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The Garden Club of Los Altos joins the Los Altos Recreation Department to sponsor the annual Los Altos Plant Exchange from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, in the Hillview Community Center parking lot, 97 Hillview Ave., in Los Altos. Everyone is welcome to bring extra plants, seedlings, cuttings, bulbs, seeds and small shrubs and trees, and to take home something new in exchange.

Cactus and succulent show

The 30th annual Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale, sponsored by the Cactus and Succulent Society of San Jose, will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 8 and 9, at Buchser Middle School, 1111 Bellomy St., Santa Clara. Admission is free and society members will be available to answer questions about cactus and succulents.

Classes at Eddie's

Quilting Bee

Eddie's Quilting Bee in Mountain View, a fabric, sewing and quilting center, offers a new schedule of classes for spring and summer, including "'20s and '30s Fabric Fun and Color Design," "Kids Make a Duffle Bag," "Krazy Quilt for Kids' Camp," "Angel Bargello Wall Hanging," "Pinafore Dress for Cute Little Girls," "Trapunto by Machine," and "Silk Ribbon Embroidery."

The shop also sponsors sewing clubs devoted to computerized quilt design, embroidery and serging. For a printed schedule, call 969-1714 or consult www.quiltingbee.com.

Program offered on healing gardens

Topher Delaney, noted landscape architect with San Francisco-based Delaney, Cochran and Castillo, will present a program on her experiences designing healing gardens to the Western Horticultural Society 7:30 p.m., May 12, at Loyola School, 770 Berry Ave., in Los Altos. The meeting is free.

After the lecture, members are invited to share their interesting and unusual plants. There is also a raffle of a wide variety of unique plants to beautify members' gardens and fund society programs.

Great estates of the Peninsula

A slide lecture on the great estates of the San Francisco Peninsula during the 1920s and 1930s, as photographed by Gabriel Moulin, will be presented at Filoli on May 13.

Thomas and Jean Moulin, third-generation owners of the Moulin Studios in San Francisco, will explore the history of the famous Peninsula families and their great estates at a 1 p.m. lecture at the Filoli Visitors Center.

Tickets are $20, which includes light refreshments and access to the Filoli house and gardens afterward.

For reservations and more information, call 364-8300, ext. 508, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Topiary: Art in the garden

Pat Hammer, author of "The New Topiary," will examine examples of topiary gardens in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world during a slide lecture presented 1 p.m., May 20, at Filoli in Woodside.

There will also be examples of contemporary topiary in America, with ideas for using and maintaining topiary in home gardens. Tickets are $20, which includes light refreshments and access to the Filoli house and gardens afterwards.

For reservations and more information, call 364-8300, ext. 508 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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