Home & Garden briefs

SONOMA: Strategies for attracting good bugs, repelling bad

Not all bugs are bad. There are some you want to evict, while others deserve the full green carpet welcome.

Anne Lowings, a master gardener with expertise in integrated pest management, will offer strategies for attracting good

insects and repelling bad ones during a talk before the Valley of the Moon Garden Club on April 3.

Lowings, born in England, where gardening is a revered national pastime, will talk about how to identify various garden insects and how to manage them without using harmful chemicals.

The talk is open to the public. Cost is $5. The 6:30 p.m. meeting and lecture will be followed by a seed exchange and drawing. Sonoma Veteran's Memorial Building, 126 First St. W.,


GLEN ELLEN: Everything's coming up roses at Quarryhill

International rose expert Helga Brichet will speak about all things roses at 10:30 a.m. March29 at Quarryhill Botanical Garden.

Brichet, who has been gardening with roses for more than 40 years, has a unique collection of China roses and Hybrid Giganteas. Her newer collection of Hybrid Sempervirens and "Mystery Roses" from Bermuda is becoming established.

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