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SANTA ROSA: Learn about oak-preserving efforts

Learn all about the county-wide effort to preserve the North Coast's oak woodlands during a free lecture Feb. 1 at Pepperwood Preserve in Santa Rosa.

Tom Robinson of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District will team up with Pepperwood's Steve Barnhart for the presentation, which will lay out the vision for a "Voluntary Oak Management Plan For Sonoma County," created as a collaboration between local scientists and oak lovers.

The plan will provide information about the status of native oaks in the county an the management and conservation resources available to landowners.

Robinson is the conservation planner for the open space district. He is an oak expert and the academic director of Pepperwood, a 3,200-acre community-supported education and research preserve in the hills northeast of Santa Rosa.

The talk begins at 6 p.m. with an open house and refreshments followed by the lecture. 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road off Franz Valley Road between Santa Rosa and Calistoga (adjacent to Safari West.). For information visit pepperwoodpreserve.org.

SANTA ROSA: Free workshop on Ikebana

Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, will be explored during the Jan. 28 meeting of the Santa Rosa Garden Club.

Expert Ron Brown will share the secrets of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, considered a modern form of the time-honored art.

Brown, a resident of Cloverdale, began his studies in 1979 with Burleigh Fedanzo and through the years he became known for creations that incorporate found or discarded objects and used farm machinery. He likes the contrast of the rusted, pitted surfaces and the fresh plant material.

The meeting is free and open to non-members. 1:30 p.m. at the Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. For details call 537-6885 or email gardenclubevents@yahoo.com.

HEALDSBURG: Discover art for home, garden

Find some singular pieces for your home and garden at the next ReHealdsburg Sale Jan 26.

A trove of quality used, vintage and antique treasure, the sale includes collectibles, consignment items and art for the home and garden in styles both traditional and modern.

If you have some quality goods to pass along, consignments are welcome. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 27. 1229 Grove St., Healdsburg. 433-3231, rehealdsburg.com.

SEBASTOPOL: Pruning, selecting bare root fruit trees

This is the time of year to prune your fruit trees. Learn tips from the experts at one of several upcoming workshops.

Master Gardener Denny Pedersen will demonstrate how to prune fruit trees for healthy and abundant crops from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Bldg. 100. For information call 565-2608 or visit sonomacountymastergardeners.org.

Healdsburg Nursery will also hold a free fruit tree pruning demonstration on Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Refreshments will be provided. 12950 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg. 433-8904 or healdsburg-nursery.com.

Master Gardener Bryan Healey will provide practical and scientifically sound advice on how to select and care for bare root and container grown fruit and citrus trees from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave. For more information call 565-2608.

SONOMA COUNTY: Master Gardeners free classes

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The Sonoma County Master Gardeners can help you polish your green thumb. Their classes are free and held at libraries throughout the county from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information on the Master Gardeners, their classes and and a wealth of archived gardening tips call 565-2608 or visit www.sonomamastergardners.org.

Coming up on Feb. 2:

About Mason Bees: Janet Calhoon will give an introduction to native bees in a workshop on raising what are also called Mason Bees. You will learn how to make your landscape a magnet for native bees, which will help make your garden thrive. The class will also cover how to create and care for native bee houses. Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Lessons Learned from My Garden: From planting fruit trees to roto-tilling, fertilizing to pruning, composting to maintenance, learn how to avoid some common mistakes backyard gardeners make from Master Gardener Dave Gould. He will give a refresher for all gardeners at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

Work Smarter, Not Harder in our Garden: Find more time to actually enjoy being in your garden by learning how to work it more efficiently. Master Gardener Pauline Haro will discuss how to reduce your time, energy and resources when doing garden chores with tips from planning ahead to putting the right plant in the right place. Use mulch to regulate soil temperature, control weeds and conserve water. Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Bldg. 100.

SONOMA COUNTY: Pruning roses in January

January is the month to grab your pruning shears and tend to your roses. Opportunities abound to sharpen your skills.

The Russian River Rose Company: Resident rosarian Jan Tolmasoff will lead hands-on pruning workshops working with all types of roses including climbers, bushes, shrubs and miniatures on Jan. 26. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop ends with a hands-on propagation demonstration from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. $30. $10 for propagation workshop only. Cost includes warm beverages and muffins. Bring a sack lunch. 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg. 433-7455, russian-river-rose.com.

Sonoma County Master Gardeners: Jim Lang leads a free pruning classes from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Sebastopol Library, 7140 Bodega Ave. 565-2608.

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

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