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Photo Town Crier File Photos Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County is offering a free workshop on how to attract hummingbirds, bees and other beneficial creatures to the garden.

Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County has scheduled a series of free workshops on topics of interest to gardeners.

• “Diseases, Insects and Weeds, Oh My! Managing Pests in the Garden,” 10-11 a.m. July 7, Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Dr. Expert gardeners will teach participants how to use environmentally friendly methods in the vegetable garden to manage disease, pests and weeds with minimal effort.

Participants are encouraged to bring samples of weeds, insects or plant problems for diagnosis. Samples should be fresh and as large as possible (a small branch, rather than a leaf, for example).

A question-and-answer session with Master Gardeners will follow the presentation.

• A Walk-in Summer Plant Clinic, 9-11 a.m. July 14 at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The clinic will feature one-on-one consultations with UC Master Gardeners on problems specific to summer gardens.

Topics include understanding soil type, dealing with pests and diseases, potted plants, plant nutrition, hot-weather watering, organic sprays and methods to attract beneficial insects. Handouts will be available. Bring plant samples in sealed plastic bags.

• “Growing Flowers That Attract Birds, Bees, Hummingbirds, Beneficial Insects and Other Organisms,” 7:30-8:30 p.m. July 31 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Master Gardener Rebecca Schoenenberger will discuss growing a wide diversity of flowering plants to attract many different kinds of insects and other organisms to the yard and encourage them to stay around.

For more information, visit www.mastergardeners.org.

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