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Home front: Growing native plants, shade gardens

Also, Going Native Garden Tour dates

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including growing natives, shade-plant class and dates for a spring garden tour.

NATIVE ALL YEAR ... The UC Master Gardener Program of San Mateo and San Francisco counties will host a class on "Creating Year-round Interest in a Native Garden" on Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop will be held at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. in Redwood City. In this beginning overview class, participants will learn how to use California natives for year-round color and how to conserve water and provide habitat for wildlife. Master gardener Delle Maxwell's Portola Valley garden has been on the Going Native Garden Tour many times. For more information, contact To sign up, go to

SHADE LOVERS ... If you have a shady corner in your garden, you might want to add a container with plants that enjoy less sun. Summerwinds Nursery will host a free 30-minute talk on "Shade-loving Plants for your Containers" on Sunday, March 3, at 9 a.m. Learn tricks for caring for a colorful and texture-rich arrangement made for a shady location in your garden. Design experts will walk you through the creation of a shade-plant arrangement. To register, go to Summerwinds Nursery is located at 725 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.

GARDEN TOUR DATES ... The 2019 Going Native Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, May 4 (southern Santa Clara Valley), and Sunday, May 5 (north to San Francisco), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free tour is organized by the California Native Plant Society (Santa Clara Valley Chapter) in association with UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County. Since 2003, the native garden tour has showcased gardens featuring California native plants. The tour features approximately 60 gardens, most of them in private homes, which are open for self-guided tours. To register, go to

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