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A quilted fiber arts exhibit featuring works of The Pointless Sisters, a group of local quilt artists, is on display through Feb. 22 at the Rincon Valley Regional Library in Santa Rosa.

The exhibit includes a collaborative quilt on the Laguna Watershed as well as a collection of works, each inspired by a particular artists.

The Pointless Sisters are a subgroup of the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild dedicated to elevating quilting to a fine art. The library is located at 6959 Montecito Blvd.

<strong>SANTA ROSA</strong>

<strong> Afternoon's events help prep for planting season:</strong> The annual Sonoma County Community Garden Summit on Feb. 8 in Santa Rosa will help people gear up for the growing season.

The afternoon event will include:

- A presentation about two local community gardens

- Workshops on cooking from the cool season garden, creating gardens for all ages, resources and fundraising, and pest and disease management

- The chance to meet and learn from other community gardens from around the county

- An update on CGNSC's services and how to get involved

- A seed swap -#8212; bring yours and trade for seed from other people's gardens

- Information tables by a variety of local organizations

A tour before the summit from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. of the Community Garden at Bayer Farm, 1550 West Ave., across from Sheppard Elementary School.

The summit will run from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Roseland Elementary School, 1777 West Ave., in Santa Rosa.

Admission is free and Spanish translation will be provided. For more information contact Autumn Buss at autumn@communitygardensonoma.org or 623-0239.

<strong>SONOMA COUNTY</strong>

<strong> Master Gardeners present series of free workshops:</strong> The Sonoma County Master Gardeners offer a series of free workshops geared specifically to home gardeners. All workshops are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information call 565-2608. Coming up on Feb. 8:

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<strong>Hydrangeas:</strong> Master Gardener Carlyss Van Ness, who has a passion for hydrangeas, will lead a workshop covering water-saving techniques, fertilizing, pruning methods, varieties of hydrangeas, propagating and drying blooms. Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper St.

<strong>Sustainable Gardening:</strong> Master Gardener Kim Pearson will define "sustainability" and talk about why it is so important. Using an example of a small urban garden, she will suggest projects that will transform a typical garden into a more environmentally friendly and sustainable garden that can be a beautiful and enjoyable outdoor space. Rincon Valley Library, 6958 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

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<strong>Rose Pruning:</strong> Master Gardener Jim Lang discusses how to grow healthy roses, including where and how to plant, as well as how to prepare the soil, water and fertilize. He covers many varieties and tips for dealing with pests. Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa St.

<strong>SANTA ROSA</strong>

<strong> Everything you need to know about orchids:</strong> The Sonoma County Orchid Society demystifies orchids during its annual show Feb. 1 and 2 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building.

The group will offer skills-building classes on Cymbidium Division and Culture at noon both days, a talk on Keeping Supermarket Orchids Alive at 1 p.m. both days and a workshop on Growing and Blooming Orchids in your Home at 3 p.m. on Saturday only.

"Orchids in the Redwoods" will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $8. 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa, across from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. For more information visit <a href="http://sonomaorchids.com" target="_blank">sonomaorchids.com</a>.


<strong> Learn to prune, propagate roses at one-day class:</strong> The Russian River Rose Company is holding a rose pruning demonstrations on Feb. 1., ending with an hour-long demonstration on how to propagate.

The intensive course runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting indoors with a demonstration of pruning techniques and how to sharpen your shears. There will also be time to practice your cuts in the garden. "Rosey Jan" Tolmasoff who created the picturesque nursery with its extensive display gardens, will also provide a continuous supply of warm beverages and muffins.

Cost for the rose pruning class and propagation demonstration is $30. People may also come only for the propagating demo from 3 to 4 p.m. at a cost $10.

Class size is limited to 25 To register call 433-7455 or register online at russian-river-rose.com. For information by email contact info@russian-river-rose.com.

<strong>GLEN ELLEN</strong>

<strong> Quarryhill Garden seeks volunteer guides, educators:</strong> Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen is recruiting volunteers to serve as educators and guides.

No teaching experience is required. Quarryhill will teach volunteers everything they need to know to teach others about the garden, home to 20,000 wild-origin plants, flowers and trees collected in Asia and planted within a former quarry.

Quarryhill with match volunteers to their interests and needs, whether it is teaching elementary age children or adults.

The training series begins Feb. 12 and continues each Wednesday through March 19. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Much of the training time will be spent walking the garden. Docents will learn the history of the garden, its mission, its international relationships and its connection with Asian flora -#8212; cultural, medicinal and horticultural.

To sigh up or for more information contact Education Coordinator Corey Barns at 996-6027 or email cbarnes@quarryhillbg.org. Quarryhill is located at 12841 Sonoma Highway 12, Glen Ellen.

<em> You can direct Home and Garden news to Meg.McConahey@pressdemocrat.com or by calling 521-5204.</em>

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