DIRT BASICS ... Ryan Batjiaka, assistant garden manager at Ecology Action in Willits, Calif., will teach two classes on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. "Intro to Soil Science," from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will deal with what makes soil productive and how to get a lab test and how to read the results. "Composting," from 2 to 4 p.m., will involve carpooling to a local garden to build a compost pile. Bring a 5-gallon bucket of green material (could include grass, weeds and non-meat kitchen scraps). Each class is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
SOUPS, BROTHS ... Lisa Herndon of Lisa's Counter Culture will teach a class, "Soups! Bone Broths and Stocks," from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at a private home in Palo Alto. Focus is on mineral-rich, healthy and economical broths. Cost is $70. Information: http://lisascounterculture.com or email email@example.com
FILOLI OPENS ... Filoli, at 86 Canada Road, Woodside, will open for the season with a "Daffodil Daydreams" celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23, and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24. The event features three days of talks, demonstrations, garden walks, an art exhibit and activities for families. Cost is free for members; nonmember adults pay $15, seniors $12, students $5; children 4 years and younger free. Information: www.filoli.org or 650-364-8300
NEW ZEALAND GARDENS ... Paul Anderson will talk about gardens in the Canterbury region of New Zealand at the next meeting of the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The group meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information: www.deanza-ars.com
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