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A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including workshops on native gardens and preparing plants for the spring season.

GARDENER REFERENCE ... Read up on horticultural topics every weekday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Gamble Garden's Main House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The Horticulture Reference Library contains more than 800 books on a range of topics with an emphasis on the home garden. For more information go to gamblegarden.org. The website offers searches and also notes new books added to the library's collection, such as "Weeds of North America."

MAINTAINING NATIVE GARDENS ... The city of Palo Alto's Utilities Department will host a workshop this Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon on how to maintain water-conserving landscapes and how they differ from traditional landscapes. Lecture topics will include the care and maintenance of native and drought-tolerant plants, soil and irrigation devices. The lecture will also include a brief discussion on detecting irrigation system leaks and clogs as well as how to fix them. The workshop will be held at Rinconada Library's Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Road in Palo Alto. Register here.

ALL-SEASON GARDEN WORKSHOP ... If you want a lovely spring garden, you need to start planning now. On Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon, Gamble Garden will hold a class on planning gardens that will hold up in summer heat and damp winter. Lecturer Katsy Swan will talk about and illustrate planning a garden with our local climate and water conserving practices in mind. Go to gamblegarden.org to register.

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