Santa Rosa: Get your piece of the Fair Flower Show

Take a piece of the Sonoma County Fair’s Hall of Flowers home with you during the fair’s annual Flower Show plant sales.

Many of the exhibitors inside and outside the hall make their show plants and even some props available for sale at the close of the fair on Aug. 11.

The big plant blow-out begins at 7 a.m. Shoppers are advised to come early for the best selection. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Sonoma: Tour Cornerstone

Visitors to Cornerstone in Sonoma are free to wander its multitude of small display gardens. But to better understand each of these artistic installations, catch a free docent-led tour on Aug. 9 or Sept. 13.

The tours are normally $10.

To join, RSVP at least two days in advance of your desired to Tours start at 2 p.m. at The Big Blue Chair, one of Cornerstone’s signature landmarks.

Glen Ellen: Talk on pollinators

Veteran Sonoma County landscape designer Maile Arnold will share her passion for pollinators during a talk Aug. 2 at Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Arnold, whose organic gardens have been featured in Sunset Magazine, Fine Gardening and on television, will talk about “English Gardeners and the Vital Benefits of Pollinators.”

The talk will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $15 for non-members. To reserve a seat, call 996-3166. 12841 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen.

Santa Rosa: Orchids of Crete

That Santa Rosa Orchid Society turns its thoughts to Greece Aug. 12 with a talk by Ron Parsons on “Orchids and Other Wildflowers of Crete.”

Parsons, regarded by many as one of the finest flower photographers in the U.S., identified 30 orchid species on his travels to the stunning Greek island, a place rich in terrestrial orchids, particularly Bee Orchids.

Non-members are welcome to attend the meeting at talk from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. For information visit

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