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SANTA ROSA: Public welcome at free talk by native-flora guru

The executive director of the California Native Plant Society will give a big-picture talk Jan. 21 on the state's native flora during the next meeting of the society's local Milo Baker chapter.

Dan Gluesenkamp works with CNPS staff and chapters to protect, understand and celebrate California's native plant life.

Gluesenkamp also has served as executive director of the California Database, director of Habitat Protection and Restoration for Audubon Canyon Ranch's preserves and was co-founder and past president of the California Invasive Plant Council. In 2009 he discovered a presumed extinct Franciscan manzanita plant growing on a traffic island at the Golden Gate Bridge.

Plant social meetings are open to all. The group meets at 7:30 p.m., at the Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave.

HEALDSBURG: Tips from pros on proper rose pruning

Learn how to trim your rose bushes like a pro during a free pruning demonstration Jan. 18 at Healdsburg Nursery.

The hour-long demonstration, starting at 10 a.m., will conclude with time for questions. Refreshments will be served. The nursery is at 12950 Old Redwood Highway. For information, call 433-8904.

SONOMA COUNTY: Free workshops on boosting fruit harvest

January is a good time to dream of fruit. Your trees may be barren but if you tend to them now, they'll fill your fruit baskets later this year. The Sonoma County Master Gardeners are holding two free workshops Saturday, Jan. 11 to help you improve your crop. All workshops are held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.sonomamastergardeners.org.

Guerneville: How to Grow Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries and Strawberries: Sun-sweetened berries of all kinds, still warm from the garden, can be a luscious crop for the avid gardener. Gwen Kilchherr discusses how to grow them from spring until fall frost, with just a few rows of plants. Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road.

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