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OCCIDENTAL: Get ready for fall garden

Can fall planting possibly be close?

Yes. And the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center will help you get ahead of the game with two weekends of plant sales Aug. 16 and 17 and Aug. 23 and 24.

The center will offer hundreds of open-pollinated, heirloom and rare varieties of fall and winter crops — all California Certified Organic.

Stock up on heirloom brassicas like broccoli and cauliflower, greens, mustards, chards, fennel, leeks, onions, scallions and herbs, as well as edible flowers. Also select from a big array of ornamental and edible perennials. Everything is propagated on site.

For a complete list of available plants or for more information visit oaec.org. Plant sales will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free one-hour tours of the gardens offered at 1 p.m. each Sunday of the sales. 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental. 874-1557, ext. 103.

SANTA ROSA: Food garden workshop

Learn the basics of fall food gardening during a free workshop Aug. 16 at the Harvest for the Hungry garden.

Led by the Sonoma County Master Gardeners, the workshop will take an A to Z approach, covering everything from garden location and options for planting beds to soil components and amendments, working the soil, crop selection and irrigation. They also will have handouts with sample garden layouts, suggested varieties for Sonoma County and best planting dates for various crops.

No registration is required. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. For more information call 484-3613 or email mgsonomafood@ucdavis.edu.

SEBASTOPOL: Customer appreciation

Harmony Farm Supply throws its annual Customer Appreciation Day Aug. 16 with free classes, a free lunch of tacos and dessert, live music, prizes, product vendors with information and samples and sale prices on merchandise.

The hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 9244 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 823-9125 or harmonyfarm.com.

SANTA ROSA: Hall of Flowers sale

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.

WINDSOR: Fall garden tips

Master Gardener Steve Albert, an expert in food gardening, will offer tips for starting your autumn and winter garden during a free workshop at the Windsor Regional Library. Albert will cover the essentials for growing cool weather greens and root vegetables, whether from seeds or starts. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 100. 565-2608 or visit sonomamastergardeners.org.

SANTA ROSA: Orchids of Greece

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 SonomaOrchids.com.

You can direct Home and Garden news to Staff Writer Meg McConahey at meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com or 521-5204.