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Dave Sorokowsky will talk about current trends in the breeding of paphiopedilums at the next meeting of the Sonoma County Orchid Society on April 8.

Commonly called lady's slipper orchids, paphiopedilums originate in the jungles of Asia, including Indonesia. They are semiterrestrial, growing in humus and other material on the forest floor, in pockets of humus on cliffs and sometimes in trees. They are easy to grow under lights or in a greenhouse.

Orchids in bloom will be available for purchase at the meeting, held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. Nonmembers are welcome. For information, visit <a href="http://SonomaOrchids.com" target="_blank">SonomaOrchids.com</a>.

<strong>SANTA ROSA / SEBASTOPOL: The art of making Washi eggs</strong>

Learn how to make colorful Washi eggs from a master of the craft. Barbra Friedman has been teaching this ancient Japanese art using elaborate Japanese mulberry paper for more than 10 years.

She has a series of classes scheduled in Sebastopol and Santa Rosa. Participants can make three decorative eggs, choosing from among 60 fancy papers. She will also share tips on how to turn twigs and grasses into beautiful nests for the eggs.

<em><strong> Coming up</strong></em>:

<em><strong>Thursday, April 3:</strong></em> From 2 to 4 p.m. at Patisserie Angelica, 6821 Laguna Parkway, Sebastopol. $45 fee includes tea and treats.

<em><strong>April 5:</strong> </em>From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Riley Street, 103 Maxwell Court, Santa Rosa. $35.

<em><strong>April 8:</strong> </em>From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cast Away and Folk-Modern Craft, 100 Fourth St. in Santa Rosa (entrance to shop is on Wilson Street). $35.

For information and to register in advance, call 696-2009 or email barbrabvf@yahoo.com.

<strong>SONOMA: Good and bad of garden insects</strong>

Not all bugs are bad. Some 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 Thursday, April 3.

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

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

<strong>GLEN ELLEN: Expert to share insights on roses</strong>

International rose expert Helga Brichet will speak about all things roses at 10:30 a.m. March 29 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.

She has won many awards and held influential roles at the World Federation of Rose Societies and the International Trials for New Rose Varieties. She has contributed to such publications as "The Encyclopedia of Rose Science" and is a regular columnist for the American Rose Society's monthly magazine.

Cost for the hourlong presentation is $15. To reserve a seat, call 996-3166. 12841 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen.

<strong>SEBASTOPOL: Get the line on irrigation</strong>

Harmony Farm Supply in Sebastopol will hold a class from 9 to 10:30 a.m. March 29 on basic drip irrigation, covering the basics of residential and small agricultural irrigation systems. The class will be followed by a Q&amp;amp;A session. 3244 Gravenstein Highway N. in Sebastopol. For information, call 823-9125 or visit <a href="http://Harmonyfarm.com" target="_blank">Harmonyfarm.com</a>.

<strong>SONOMA COUNTY: A chance to learn from the masters</strong>

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners continue their series of free lectures, most held at local library branches. All classes run from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information about the program as well as a wealth of gardening information, <a href="http://visitsonomamastergardeners" target="_blank">visitsonomamastergardeners</a>.org or call 565-2608.

<em><strong> Happening March 29</strong></em>

<em><strong>Petaluma—</strong> </em>The Significance of Geometic Forms in Botany. Paola Tonelli will decode the mysteries of leaves and flowers, which follow laws of physics in their development and rules of mathematics in their forms. Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma.

<em><strong>Rincon Valley —</strong> </em>Restoring Habitat. Mary Lou Milkoff will discuss easy ways to entice pollinators, songbirds and beneficial insects to your yard. Rincon Valley Library, 6958 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

<em><strong>Rohnert Park —</strong></em> Culinary Herbs. Janet Barocco will discuss and demonstrate how to plant a home herb garden and create a living "pantry" of flavor and aromas. She will cover the basics of cultivation, use and preservation of culinary herbs and edible flowers. 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park.

<em><strong>Sebastopol —</strong> </em>Plant4Bees-Foragefor Honey, Bees in All 4-Seasons. Learn how to create a garden filled with flowers high in nectar and pollen in all four seasons to keep the honeybees and other pollinators happy. Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol.

<strong>SANTA ROSA: Plant sale time at Willowside School</strong>

Willowside School in west Santa Rosa is back up and running for the spring planting season. The student-run nursery will hold its next plant sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 5, rain or shine.

The nursery features a multitude of plants and trees at bargain prices, everything from abutilons to Japanese maples. 5299 Hall Road at Westside Road, Santa Rosa. 569-4724.

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

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