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Home front: Houseplant class, volunteer in garden

Also, buy bare-root plants now

A roundup of local home and garden news and events on the Midpeninsula, including an upcoming workshop on house plants, volunteer opportunities at Hidden Villa and where to buy bare-root plants.

HOUSEPLANTS 101 ... Horticulture experts will demonstrate how to re-pot and care for houseplants during a free 30-minute workshop at 9 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 13 at Summerwinds Nursery, 725 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. To reserve a spot, go to

VOLUNTEER AT HIDDEN VILLA ... If your horticulture skills are more advanced, you might want to consider volunteering to maintain Hidden Villa's ornamental garden spaces in Los Altos Hills. Volunteers will work on organic gardening, plant propagation, identification and garden design. Hands-on work includes weeding, planting, fertilizing and pruning, as well as composting and irrigation. Minimum commitment to volunteer is two times per month. To apply, go to

IT'S BARE-ROOT SEASON ... It's bare-root season, which means it's time to head to your local nursery to pick up those dormant rose plants, fruit trees and vines. According to Sunset Magazine's website, bare-root plants typically cost 30 to 60 percent less than the same plants purchased in containers later in the year. Once planted, they also tend to establish more quickly and grow better initially than containerized plants. Summerwinds Nursery in Palo Alto currently is selling bare-root pre-packaged roses, planting kits and others supplies, including fertilizer and tools. Wegman's Nursery in Redwood City also is taking orders for bare-root trees and roses and will offer a talk on rose care on Sunday, Jan. 20, as well as a seminar on fruit tree pruning on Sunday, Jan. 27. For more information, go to

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