A roundup of local home and garden news and events on the Midpeninsula.
ROSE GATHERING ... The Peninsula Rose Society will hold it's August membership meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 7:30 - 9 p.m. The talk, by Otto Lund, president of the Monterey Rose Society, will be on "Ramblers, Climbers and Climbing Structures." The meeting will be at the Veterans Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. For more information, go to peninsularosesociety.org.
ARTS FESTIVAL ... If you've been looking for something unique to add to your home, whether its glass or ceramics or wood furniture, the city of Palo Alto will host its annual Festival of the Arts on Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jewelers, potters, wood workers, painters and photographers will be among the 300 artists displaying their work for sale. Whether it's a new rocking chair, soap dish, candle holders or focal-point painting, you'll probably find it. For more information, contact the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce at 650-324-3121, or go to mlaproductions.com.
LEARN TO UPHOLSTER ... If you've ever wanted to actually learn to re-cover that old tattered chair yourself, this is the class for you. The Palo Alto Adult School will offer two 10-week sessions of "Upholstery: Basic Techniques" starting Sept. 11. The cost is $264 and you will learn the skills and traditions of upholstery by working on your own project. Use basic or more advanced techniques to change or update a piece or restore the original cover. To register go to PAAdultSchool.org.
PANTONE PLANT COLOR OF 2018 ... It's not too late to add some "ultra violet" the Pantone Color Institute's 2018 Plant Color of the Year to your garden. Summerwinds Nursery in Palo Alto has its Top-10 list of violet or purple plants. They are: sage, Jacaranda Bonsai Blue, impatiens, verbena, lavender, calibrachoa, ipomea, margarita, Lily of the Nile (agapanthus) and Persian shield.