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Home front: Native gardens, holiday greens

Also, holiday flower-arranging class

NATIVE GARDEN DESIGN ... The City of Palo Alto Utilities Department is offering a workshop called "Designing Native Gardens" on Saturday, Dec. 1 , from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn how to create low-water, low maintenance landscapes with native plants. The workshop will be held at Mitchell Park Community Center's El Palo Alto Room, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. To register, go to

HOLIDAY GREENS SALE ... On Saturday, Dec. 8 , from 9 a.m. to noon, Gamble Garden will be offering fresh-cut greens, potted paperwhites, wreaths, swags and more for sale. Gamble's expert flowers arrangers will be in the Tea House designing fresh centerpieces filled with greens, starting at $30. Arrangements are custom-made in either a container you provide or one you purchase the day of the sale. Drop off your container in the Main House between 9-11 a.m., Monday through Friday the week of the Greens Sale. Include your name, email and phone number with the container. Among the greens for sale will be acacia, boxwood, cedar, eucalyptus, fir, holly, hydrangea blooms, pine, redwood, and seasonal shrubs such as rose hips, toyon, nandina and branches of curly willow and grapevines. Gamble Garden is at 1431 Waverley St. in Palo Alto.

HOLIDAY FLOWERS ... Learn how to create a seasonal centerpiece for your holiday party table by attending Gamble Garden's "The Beauty of the Holidays with Arrangements," on Saturday, Dec. 15 , from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to combine seasonal foliage, flowers and other accents into their designs. All materials are provided, but participants are welcome to bring foliage clippings or other accents from home to share and add a personal touch to their creations. Get tips on replacing flowers from your local grocery store as an inexpensive way to keep the arrangement looking fresh as long as possible. Instructor Katherine Glazier is a flower arranger for Gamble Garden and co-leads the floral design program at Filoli. The class is open to those age 14 and older. Cost is $99 for members and $129 for nonmembers. To register, go to Gamble Garden is located at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

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