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Home and garden briefs: Badger Park voted best of community gardens


<b>SONOMA COUNTY:</b> Healdsburg's Badger Park voted best of community gardens by tourgoers

The Badger Park Community Garden, overseen by Kathryn Miller, emerged as the favorite during the annual Grateful Bed Garden Tour on Aug. 3-4.

Sponsored by the Sonoma County Regional Parks, the event spotlighted community gardens all over the county. Tour-goers were invited to vote for their favorite garden.

Miller has been tending the garden at Badger Park in Healdsburg for seven years, using the square-foot gardening method that involves dividing the garden into 4-foot squares with pathways between. Each square can be divided into many different sections.

The division allows for beds that have finished producing to be easily cleared, composted and replanted.

Second place went to the Healdsburg Senior Living Garden at 14725 Grove St.

Tony Fisher has helped residents create this nearly 6,000-square-foot food garden all from organic seed started in a greenhouse and then moved to the garden in mid-May. The garden is bountiful, with nearly 40 varieties of tomatoes, 20 varieties of squash and gourds and eight varieties of melons, peppers, eggplant.

The third place award was given to the Larson Park Community Garden, a brand new garden planted for the first time this year. It is located in a neighborhood park at 329 De Chene Ave. in Boyes Hot Springs in the Sonoma Valley.

For more information about the annual tour contact christina.mcguirk@sonoma-county.org or call 789-9699.

<b>SANTA ROSA:</b> 'Dog Days' sale means savings at Burbank home's gift shop

The Luther Burbank Home & Gardens gift shop is marking the "Dog Days" of summer with a special discount.

In a sale that begins Friday, everything in the shop is marked down 10 percent. The discount also applies to previously marked-down merchandise for even greater savings. Friends of the Burbank Home receive the discount on top of their usual 10 percent off. The historic site is located at the corner of Sonoma and Santa Rosa avenues in downtown Santa Rosa. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 524-5445 or burbankhome@lutherburbank.org.

<b>SANTA ROSA:</b> Stock up for fall planting at Willowside School nursery

Willowside School re-opens its student-run nursery Saturday in preparation for fall planting.

The nursery is filled with thousands of plants, from perennials and roses to grasses and succulents. They also have more than 15 varieties of specialty Japanese maple trees, 3- to 6-foot-tall red-and-yellow magnolias at $25 to $40, as well as trident maples, large deodar cedars, redwoods, quince and elm trees.

Plants are priced at $3 a gallon.

The nursery is open rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5299 Hall Road at Willowside in west Santa Rosa. 569-4724.

<b>SANTA ROSA:</b> Bonsai Society hosts annual show, sale at SR vets hall

The Redwood Empire Bonsai Society will hold its 30th annual show Aug. 24 and 25 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, featuring a large number of trees displayed in a formal setting, as well as a sales area, drawings and a silent auction.

Club sensei, or teacher, is Kathy Shaner, who apprenticed in Japan for five years under Bonsai Master Yasuo Mitsuya. The first woman and first non-Japanese to be certified as a Bonsai Master by Nippon Bonsai Kyodo Kumaii of Japan, Shaner will give a demonstration each day of the show from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Her styled tree will be given away in a drawing. Admission, parking and treats from the Bonsai Cafe are all free and open to non-members. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. For information, call 884-4126 or email shimon@mcn.org.

<b>SANTA ROSA/SONOMA:</b> Master Gardeners host free workshops on growing food

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners are holding a series of free workshops to help home gardeners take advantage of California's mild Mediterranean climate with a winter edible garden.

The workshops offer an A to Z approach to food gardening, from garden location and options for planting beds, to soil components and amendments, compost and fertilizer. Food gardening specialists will also cover how to work the soil, select crops, irrigate, control pests and harvest your produce.

No advance registration is required. Hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, email mgsonomafood@ucdavis.edu.

The first workshop will be Saturday at the Harvest for the Hungry Garden in Santa Rosa, 1717 Yulupa Ave. On Aug. 24 the workshop will move to the Sonoma Garden Park, 19996 7th St. E., Sonoma.

<b>SEBASTOPOL:</b> Harmony Farm Supply throws thank-you party for customers

Harmony Farm Supply says thank-you to its customers by throwing a party Saturday.

Customer Appreciation Day includes free classes, a free taco lunch, free ice cream, music, prizes, special sales including a sidewalk sale and vendors on hand with product information and free samples.

Classes include Trapping Gophers at 9 a.m., Soft Wood Propagation at 10:45 a.m. and Good Bugs at 1:30 p.m.

The open house runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 3244 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 823-9125 or harmonyfarm.com.

<b>OCCIDENTAL:</b> This is opening weekend of Fall Biodiversity Plant Sale

The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center kicks off its Fall Biodiversity Plant Sale Saturday and Sunday, with additional hours Aug. 24 and 25.

Gardeners at the center have cultivated hundred of varieties of heirloom and open-pollinated plants, all California Certified Organic. Stock up on brassicas, salad greens, lettuces, endives, radicchios, chards, leeks, onions, scallions, herbs, edible flowers and peas, as well as many types of ornamental and edible perennials.

Sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental. oaec.org.

<i>You can direct Home & Garden news to meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com or 521-5204.</i>