Help restore habitat, learn to protect plants from frost

Also: Learn about how to grow and use herbs from around the world in your kitchen

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a habitat restoration volunteer day and a class on protecting your plants from frost damage.

HABITAT RESTORATION ... Help restore the ecosystem along San Francisquito Creek at a volunteer event hosted by Grassroots Ecology on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2-4 p.m. You'll help remove non-native species around the creek to provide habitat for native wildlife. Be prepared to encounter some steep slopes in the terrain. This event is open to all ages but volunteers under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at San Francisquito Creek, across the street from 782 Palo Alto Ave., Palo Alto. The event takes place rain or shine. Register at grassrootsecology.org/volunteer.

FROST PROTECTION ... Even in our temperate climate, Jack Frost still shows up for occasional visits. At this free workshop on Sunday, Nov. 24, 10:30 a.m., at SummerWinds Nursery, learn how to protect plants that are vulnerable to frost damage, particularly tropical plants. The class will cover frost protection techniques and provide a list of plants that are prone to ill effects from frost. SummerWinds Nursery is located at 725 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. For more information, visit summerwindsnursery.com/ca/events or call 650-493-5136.

KITCHEN HERBS ... Culinary herbs — it's not just all about the basil. Learn about the wide variety of herbs you can grow for your kitchen at a class held Sunday, Nov. 24, 5-6 p.m. at Hidden Villa. Ros Creasy, a pioneer of the edible landscaping movement, will discuss how to grow herbs from around the world to use in cooking, and brighten your garden. This class is intended for adults and is free, but registration is required. Hidden Villa is located at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-493-5136 or register at hiddenvilla.org/

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