Home and garden news: Get the latest on lady slipper orchids

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.

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