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The Sonoma County Home & Garden Show takes over the Sonoma County Fairgrounds March 14-16 with a huge array of exhibitors offering products and services to polish up your place.

The show runs from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16.

Admission is $7 or free for kids under 13. Seniors get in for $4 on Friday. For more information and details about participating vendors and attractions, visit sonomacountyhomeshows.com. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

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<strong> Willowside School plant nursery back:</strong> Willowside Middle School re-opens its student nursery March 15 featuring a big variety of perennials, abutilons, salvias, roses, grasses, succulents, Chinese quince, elm trees and more.

Look for more than 15 varieties of specialty Japanese maples and red/yellow magnolias, all at bargain prices.

The nursery is located at the school campus, 5299 Hall at Willowside Road in Santa Rosa. The sale runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine. For information, call 569-4724.


<strong> Lessons on putting worms to work:</strong> Learn how to put red wiggler worms to work for you in the garden during a workshop March 23 at the Healdsburg Shed marketplace.

Rick Kaye will lay out the basics for making rich compost through vermiculture. He will show how to set up and maintain a basic backyard worm bin as well as how to use the worm castings as compost or liquid teas for the garden. Since founding The Compost Club in 2003, Kaye has helped 15 local schools and businesses compost their own waste. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 25 North St., Healdsburg. <a href="http://Healdsburgshed.com" target="_blank">Healdsburgshed.com</a>.


<strong> Free information on drought-tolerant plants:</strong> There is a surprising selection of drought-tolerant shade plants. Learn all about them during a free talk March 15 at Garden Delights Nursery in Petaluma. To reserve a seat, call 773-1133 or 775-5008. 2115 Adobe Road.


<strong> Wine Country Garden Center now open:</strong> The former Wedekind's Nursery in Sonoma is coming back as The Wine Country Garden Center.

The official Grand Opening was March 1 for the new center, which will feature a potting station, demonstration gardens, gardening supplies, succulents, bareroot roses, fruit trees, outdoor furniture and a lineup of educational seminars, including Mommy and Me gardening classes, aid owner Josie Garcia.

The Wine Country Garden Center hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily at 21095 Broadway in Sonoma. For more information, call 938-2727 or visit <a href="http://winecountrygardencenter.com" target="_blank">winecountrygardencenter.com</a>.


<strong> Workshop on best healthy soil practices:</strong> Soil health starts with developing an active biological eco-system for delivering nutrients to the roots. A workshop today at Harmony Farm Supply &amp;amp; Nursery in Sebastopol will explore the the science of the process, including appropriate nutrient levels, good irrigation practices and problems that arise when the system is out of balance.

Rick Williams of Harmony will lead the free workshop. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 3244 Gravenstein Hwy N., Sebastopol. 823-9125, <a href="http://harmonyfarm.com" target="_blank">harmonyfarm.com</a> or email Phamilton@harmonyfarm.com.

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<strong> Atwood to speak at Orchid Society:</strong> Debra Atwood of Napa Valley Orchids will talk about "Things I Wish I had Known in the Beginning" as part of a presentation before the Sonoma County Orchid Society on Tuesday.

The talk, geared toward people who are new to orchid growing, will offer her top 10 tips for basic orchid care, including watering. There also will be plants available to view and purchase.

The meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. For more information, visit <a href="http://SonomaOrchids.com" target="_blank">SonomaOrchids.com</a>.


<strong> 'Gopher Guy' discusses trapping system:</strong> Gregg Crawford, AKA "The Gopher Guy," will demonstrate how to set his modified Cinch gopher trap during a presentations March 15 and 29 at Harmony Farm Supply &amp;amp; Nursery in Sebastopol.

Crawford has rustled thousands of gophers in Sonoma County with his traps. The hands-on outdoor workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon at 3244 Gravenstein Hwy N. in Sebastopol. For information, call 823-9125 or visit <a href="http://Harmonyfarm.com" target="_blank">Harmonyfarm.com</a>.

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<strong> Architect Lyndon at Cornerstone:</strong> Donlyn Lyndon, one of the original team of architects for The Sea Ranch, will talk about the challenges of designing a community in harmony with nature on March 13 at Cornerstone in Sonoma.

Lyndon, who still maintains a home at the famed coastal enclave along the Sonoma coast, has just released an updated version of his book, "The Sea Ranch: 50 Years of Architecture, Landscape, Place and Community on the Northern California Coast."

Lyndon collaborated on the book with arts photographer Jim Alinder, who worked with Ansel Adams and has a gallery in Gualala.

The pair will join in with Tito Patri, a member of the Sea Ranch Design Review Committee, for a panel discussion moderated by Alex Bergtraum, a Berkeley-based architect who has a recent project featured in the book.

The talk will be followed by a book signing and wine reception. The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Artefact Design &amp;amp; Salvage, 23570 Arnold Drive, south of Sonoma. Arrive early for a 4:30 p.m. tour of the art garden installations that are the founding attraction at Cornerstone.

Cost is $20. Seating is limited so book in advance at <a href="https://theSeaRanch.eventbrite.com" target="_blank">TheSeaRanch.eventbrite.com</a>. 933-3010.

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