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HOLIDAY GREENS SALE ... Gamble Garden will hold its annual Holiday Greens Sale on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be fresh-cut greens, potted paperwhites, wreaths, swags and other holiday arrangements created by the garden group's floral experts. If you have a preferred container for your arrangement, bring it with you. Custom arrangements also will be available for pickup and purchase. In preparation for the event, the garden is accepting fresh tree trimmings and shrubs from Monday, Dec. 4, through Saturday, Dec 9. Residents can drop off their donated trimmings at the horticulturist office at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

THANKFUL TREES ... Hidden Villa Farm in Los Altos Hills is hosting a "thankful trees" event on Saturday, Nov. 25. From 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., residents can drop by and make a tree using natural materials to express what they are thankful for. This program is covered by the entrance fee or season pass and will take place at the picnic tables near the Education Garden. Thankful trees can be taken home. Hidden Villa Farm is located at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. For more information, go to hiddenvilla.org.

GET THE WORM ... Lyngso Garden Materials is hosting a vermicomposting clinic led by Alane Weber, the "Worm Lady of San Mateo," on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will learn how to use worm castings and about the benefits of vermicomposting for their home and garden. Cost is $25. Lyngso is located at 345 Shoreway Road, San Carlos.

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