<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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
<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 firstname.lastname@example.org.