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GLEN ELLEN: Conifers are the topic at Quarryhill workshop

Conifers can create year-round interest in the garden. Learn about these versatile evergreens during a free workshop at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 27 at Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen.

Sonoma County master gardener and American Conifer Society member Sara Malone will talk about how to plant conifers for texture and color. Quarryhill Director Bill McNamara will give a brown bag talk after the workshop at noon, discussing the conifer collection at Quarryhill.

The event will be followed by docent-led tours of the conifers and bonsai in Quarryhill's woodland garden. Water, iced tea and snacks will be served. Anyone signing up for a Quarryhill membership will receive a discount on the fee and a free plant.

RSVPs are required to receive free garden admission and to make sure there are enough chairs, snacks and docents to accommodate everyone. RSVP at 996-3166 or jkesser@quarryhillbg.org. Quarryill is at 12851 Sonoma Highway.

SANTA ROSA: Free advice on planting herbs

Learn to plant your own herb garden during a free talk Saturday, July 20 at the Harvest for the Hungry Garden, 1717 Yulupa Ave. in Santa Rosa.

Master Gardener Janet Barocco will discuss and demonstrate the basics of cultivation and the use and preservation of culinary herbs and edible flowers. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Details: 565-2608.

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