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The Santa Rosa Garden Club offers a chance to see the creative process behind the de Young Museum's longstanding Bouquets to Art with a demonstration by one of the event's veteran floral designers.

Marsha Heckman, who has also written seven books on floral design, will create arrangements inspired by the works of five Sonoma County artists during a special workshop on March 7. At the same time she share tricks of her trade.

Bouquets to Art, now in it's 30th year, invites leading Bay Area floral designers to create elaborate arrangements inspired by select paintings within the museum's collection.

Heckman, of Marin, is well-known in her field and was recently invited to work in the White House flower shop for a week.

Bouquets will be auctioned off after the presentation and door prizes to the de Young Bouquets to Art exhibit March 18-23 will be given away.

The workshop, running from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., is a fund-raiser for the club's Santa Rosa Junior College horticultural scholarship program. Tickets may be purchased by sending a check for $25, made payable to SR Garden Club, PO Box 251, Cotati, CA 94931. Seating is limited. The event will be held at the Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. For information call 537-6885 or email gardenclubevents@yahoo.com.

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The Sonoma County Agriculture and Open Space District is leading a 5-year effort to develop a detailed vegetation map for all of Sonoma County. Members of the mapping team will give a presentation about the project before the Milo Baker Chapter of The California Native Plant Society on Feb. 18.

Having an accurate, up-to-date inventory of the county's landscape features, ecological communities and habitats is necessary in order to protect and preserve them.

The presentation will describe the fieldwork and classification components completed so far, and describe opportunities to contribute to the project.

The group meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa.

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Robert Kourik, a well-known expert in low-water use gardening, will talk about the best practices for planting bare root ornamental and fruiting trees, particularly during the current drought, during a workshop Feb. 15 at The SHED in Healdsburg.

Kourik will offer information about using water wisely when planting, and lay out the interaction of soils, roots and water.Kourik, author of the several books, including "Roots Demystified," will also lay the foundation for a new way to plant trees with an emphasis on planting on mounds rather than in holes.

Cost of the talk is $25. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 25 North St., Healdsburg. 431-7433.

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Sharing seed helps preserve nature's diversity at no cost to gardeners. On Feb. 20, a coalition of local environmental organizations will hold a Seed Swap at the Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Highway 12. People are encouraged to bring seed to swap but it's not obligatory. There should be enough so that even those who come empty handed will leave with seed.

For those who do bring seed it could be either seed you've collected or excess commercial seed you never used. People can also bring plants and other gardening resources to share. Label your seed variety, including the date it was collected and details on how it was saved. Seed experts will be available to answer questions.

The event will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is sponsored by the West County Community Seed Exchange, Occidental Arts & Ecology Center and Daily Acts. For more information email the westcountyseedbank@gmail.com

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

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