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 email@example.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>