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Sonoma talk to demystify planting under trees

Trees are a prized feature in any garden, but once they start spreading their branches that shade comes at a price.

Longtime Sonoma County garden designer and educator Maile Arnold will give a talk June 5 before the Valley of the Moon Garden Club on how to plant an attractive and water-wise garden with partial shade.

Arnold will talk about which trees allow for plantings under their canopies and which don't. She will offer a PowerPoint presentation showing photos of sample plantings in her own Sebastopol garden.

Arnold, a strong proponent of organic, no-till gardening, has been featured in Sunset magazine, taught classes at the San Francisco Botanical Garden and done notable design projects, including The Lodge at Sonoma.

The public is invited to the 7 p.m. meeting for a cost of $5, which can be applied to a $20 membership. The meeting features refreshments and drawings for plants. 126 First St. W., Sonoma. 337-3415.

WINDSOR/PETALUMA: Master Gardener to share water-wise planting tips

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners wrap up their free spring library workshop series with a talk in Petaluma on planning a low-water-use garden. Linda King discusses swales and berms and the right plant in the right place, all to use water wisely on the home front. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 31 at the Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma.

For information on the program and help with your backyard gardening questions, call 565-2608 or visit sonomamastergardeners.org.

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