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.

SAN FRANCISCO: SF Flower & Garden Show 2.0 in 2014

The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show has been sold to new owners who plan to remake the annual spring event from the ground up, with a strong emphasis on sustainability.

Sherry Larsen of Larsen Enterprises and Maryanne Lucas, founder and executive director of Kids Growing Strong, will co-produce the show when it returns to the San Mateo Event Center March 19-23, 2014.

Organizers are referring to the refurbished show as "Version 2.0."

Organizers say the show will continue to encompass all facets of gardening while being "packed with fresh ideas, new perspectives and a strong message emphasizing community and sustainability."

One of the biggest changes will be in the major show gardens that are a centerpiece of the event. Garden creators will be asked to consider only plants that don't pose a threat to natural California habitats.

The new flower pavilion will feature top designers using only California grown blossoms to showcase the state's rich floral heritage and demonstrate support for California growers and the "Slow Flower" movement.

Larsen is a seasoned show producer. Lucas has been a participant in the show for many years, promoting gardening and healthy eating. She also is an advocate of gardening among young families.

"As part of the gardening community we must cultivate a new generation of gardeners and enthusiasts and instill within them a sense of stewardship for our earth and responsibility for the welfare of our neighors," said Lucas, who is a member of the board of directors of the American Community Gardening Association as well as a member of the Technical Review Committee for the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for the California Department of Agriculture. Tickets for the show go on sale in October.

You can direct Home and Garden news to Meg McConahey at 521-5204 or meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com.