<b>SANTA ROSA:</b> 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.

<b>HEALDSBURG:</b> 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.

<b>SONOMA COUNTY:</b> 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.

<i>Guerneville:</i> 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.

<i>Santa Rosa:</i> Pruning: Now that all the leaves have fallen off your fruit trees, do you find yourself staring at the bare branches and wondering how to trim them? Tree specialist Don Hourigan will lead a how-to fruit tree maintenance workshop at the Harvest for the Hungry Garden, 1717 Yulupa Ave.

<b>GLEN ELLEN:</b> Secrets of curing olives the Greek way

Learn how to de-bitter olives without lye during a workshop Jan. 19 at B.R. Cohn Winery.

Olive expert Don Landis will talk about the history of olives, the many varieties available and how to cure the fruit the Greek way with brine, with water or dry salt.

The demonstration will be followed by an olive tasting with cheese and crackers. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $20. Workshop participants are welcome to explore Cohn's 120-year-old olive orchard and a discount will be offered for purchases in the marketplace and tasting room. Space is limited so an RSVP is necessary. Call 800-330-4064, ext. 124. 15000 Sonoma Highway.

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