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Home front: woodland containers, winter fruit tree care

Also, veggies year round

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a container garden class, winter fruit tree care and year-round veggies.

WOODLAND CREATIONS ... Summerwinds Nursery== is hosting a free, 30-minute class on how to make a "Fresh Woodland Greens Container" at 9 a.m., on Sunday, Jan. 27 at its Palo Alto location at 725 San Antonio Road. Participants will learn how to create an artful arrangement using the season's textures and tones as garden experts make fresh woodland-inspired compositions. To register, go to

WINTER FRUIT TREE CARE ... On Sunday, Feb. 3, Gamble Garden will host a talk on "Winter Maintenance of Deciduous Fruit Trees" from 9 to 11 a.m. Instructor Jeff Scroggin, who runs his own landscape management business, will talk about the tasks to perform in winter, such as pruning for different tree forms (open, columnar, espalier, fan) and types of pruning cuts. He also will address optimizing fruit production and how to thin fruit to maximize quality and quantity. Cost is $20 for members; $30 for nonmembers. Gamble Garden is located at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. To register, go to

VEGGIES YEAR-ROUND ... The UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County will offer a six-week course on "Success in the Year-round Vegetable Garden," starting Monday, Feb. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. A productive vegetable garden can provide delicious produce year-round, without being a full-time job. Learn how to get the most vegetables by applying science-based gardening methods that minimize environmental impacts. The class will be held at Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, in Room 1702. Presenters will be UC Master Gardeners Gerlando Palazzotto, Jennifer Doniach and Jill Willard. The cost is $96. To register, go to

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