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Home and garden news, upcoming events

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.


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