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Home front: Classes on herbs and fall container gardens

Also, learn how to start planning now for a spring garden

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A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including classes on growing and using herbs and how to plant a colorful container of cyclamen and ferns.

'HERBSESSION' CLASS … Learn about growing and using herbs at “Herbsession,” a free class offered Sunday, Nov. 17, 9:15 a.m. or 1 p.m. at Hidden Villa’s education garden. In the class, you’ll also create a custom herb bundle to take home. Hidden Villa is located at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Class is free but registration is required. Call 650-949-8650 or register at hiddenvilla.org.

COLORFUL FALL CONTAINERS … Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you have to stop planting and enjoying beautiful flowers. Learn how to brighten up shady spots in your yard with cheerful planters at free workshop on Sunday, Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m. at SummerWinds Nursery. The class will explore how to create container gardens of colorful cyclamen and ferns plants that will thrive in cooler weather and bring pops of color to your fall garden. SummerWinds Nursery is located at 725 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. For more information, call 650-493-5136 or visit summerwindsnursery.com.

SPRING GARDEN PLANNING... California Native Plant Society hosts a workshop on Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. at the Mountain View Library on planning your spring garden. Find out what you should do now to ensure a beautiful garden when the warmer months return. Patricia Evans of Natural Landscape Design leads this class. Her specialty is native plants and sustainable landscaping. The Mountain View Library is located at 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. For more information, visit cnps-scv.org or call 650-903-6887.

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