HERBS AND FLOWERS ... Food and garden writer Jody Main will teach a class on "Salad Gardening with Herbs and Edible Flowers" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Common Ground, 599 College Ave., Palo Alto. Lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets, fennel, arugula, radishes and more will be included in the class, which also will cover soil preparation, planting instructions and harvesting techniques. Cost is $35, which includes a take-home salad garden to plant. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
BOUQUETS TO DESIGNERS ... Local floral designers participating in this year's Bouquets to Art, in which floral designers create arrangements to complement art at the de Young Museum in San Francisco March 19-23, include Kiwi DeVoy of De Voy Designs, Atherton; Thanh Nguyen of Eclosion and Isabella Boyer Sikaffy of Florabella, Menlo Park; Katsuko and Leo Thielke of Hunter-Lee Flowers, Mountain View; Charlene Schmidt of Miss Scarlett's Flowers and Cheryl McGuire of Flair, Portola Valley; and Francesca Perez of Francesca's Flowers and Garden, Woodside. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, $16 for students, $10 youths (6-17 years), children 5 and under free, members free. The event takes place at the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. Information: 415-750-3600 or http://deyoung.famsf.org
RHODODENDRON BREEDING ... Norman Beaudry will talk about Charles Dexter, an East Coast gardener who started a massive rhododendron breeding program, at the next meeting of the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20. The group meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information: www.deanza-ars.com
A COUNTRY GARDEN ... Landscape historian and author Judith B. Tankard will talk about "Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden" from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Tankard will cover Jekyll's theories on color, planting and design, as well as her collaborations with Sir Edwin Lutyens (including Hestercombe, Folly Farm and Deanery Gardens). Her book of the same title will be available for sale and signing. Tickets are $30 for nonmembers (includes same-day admission to Filoli), $25 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
HOUSING CONFERENCE ... Avenidas is sponsoring its sixth annual senior housing conference, "Love Where You Live," from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Participants may choose among three sets of workshops, designed for people who have decided to sell their homes and move; for people who have decided to stay in their homes; and for those who are exploring their options. Cost is $50, which includes lunch and conference materials. Information: 650-289-5435 or www.avenidas.org
KUDOS FOR COATS ... Local Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices collected piles of toys and warm coats during the company's annual Toys for Tots and Operation: One Warm Coat drives this holiday season. The Palo Alto offices collected 120 toys and 150 coats; Menlo Park collected 30 toys; and the Portola Valley and Woodside offices collected 30 toys. Toys and coats were distributed through social-service agencies.
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