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Home front: Design a garden, fix your faucet

Also, pick the right fruit tree

A roundup of local home and garden news and events including classes on garden design, faucet installation and picking the right fruit tree.

DESIGN YOUR OWN GARDEN ... Bay Area garden designer Katsy Swan will discuss ways to enjoy your garden regardless of the season during a presentation at Gamble Garden on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. Swan has been designing private and public gardens throughout the Bay Area for the past 30 years. Several of her Palo Alto gardens have been featured in Gamble Garden's Spring Tour. She also designed the Earth Sciences Courtyard at Stanford, as well as the Stanford Hospital gardens. The cost for the talk is $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. To register, go to

FREE FAUCET CLASS ... The Home Depot in East Palo Alto will host a free workshop on how to install bathroom faucets from 10 to 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 16. Store associates will lead this interactive workshop that covers everything you need to know about identifying the kind of faucet you have, shopping for a new fixture and learning about replacement options. An instructor will demonstrate the entire installation process, from turning off your water to setting the new faucet in place and everything in between. Home Depot is located at 1781 E. Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto. To register, go to

THE RIGHT FRUIT TREE ... Now is the time to plant dormant fruit trees from bare-root stock. Bare-root trees are more vigorous and healthy and less expensive than ones already planted in containers. Learn how to find the best tree, as well as how to plant and prune it, during a free talk from 7 to 8:15 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 20, by Master Gardener Kalpana Jain. The event will be at Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto. For more master gardener events, go to

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