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Home front: Fall containers; indoor plants

Also, seasonal arrangements

A roundup of home and garden news and events on the Midpeninsula, including classes on creating fall containers with cyclamen and ferns; indoor plants; and seasonal arrangements.

CONTAIN YOUR CYCLAMEN ... Looking to add bursts of color to your existing landscaping? SummerWinds Nursery is offering a free, 30-minute class, "Create Dazzling Fall Containers with Cyclamen and Ferns," on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. that will teach you how to add color and woodland texture to your cooler-weather shade garden by pairing cyclamen with ferns. In this "Learn'n Grow" class, garden experts will demonstrate how to design a beautiful container incorporating these two plants. SummerWinds is located at 725 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. To register, go to

INDOOR-PLANT CLASS ... If you're interested in adding some greenery inside your home, attend "Choosing the Best Indoor Plants" workshop sponsored by the UC Master Gardeners on Halloween night (Oct. 31) from 7-8:30 p.m. Indoor plants can make a room or work cubicle more interesting and are an easy way to bring the outdoors in. In the class, attendees will learn to identify which plants are the easiest to grow and how to maintain them. The cost is free. The event will be held at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

PLAN AHEAD FOR ENTERTAINING ... Autumn can inspire seasonal arrangements for your home or garden. Gamble Garden will offer a workshop on Friday, Nov. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on arranging seasonal foliage in a rustic garden urn. During the workshop, you will learn how to combine seasonal foliage, flowers and other accents, such as grasses and pods, in your designs. All materials are provided but you are welcome to bring foliage clippings or other accents from your own gardens to share and add a personal touch to your own creation. Instructor Katherine Glazier is a flower arranger for Gamble Garden and she co-leads the floral design program at Filoli. She is a student of the Sogetsu school of Ikebana. This workshop is for adults only. The cost is $99 for members and $129 for nonmembers. To register, go to

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