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SEBASTOPOL: Chance to swap, share seeds with your neighbors

Bring any excess seeds you have saved either from your own garden or from commercial packs to a community swap on Feb. 28.

Put on by the West County Community Seed Exchange, the swap is a chance to gather interesting seed for your spring planting and to share extra seed with your neighbors, all at no charge.

But even if you don't have seed to share, backyard gardeners are welcome to come by to gather seed. Those brining seed to share get to enter early, at 6:30 p.m., for the best selection.

The swap opens to the general public from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

People are asked to label all seed so people know what they are getting and when and how to grow it.

Seed experts will be available to answer questions and demonstrate seed cleaning.

The event will be held at the Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Highway 12, Sebastopol. Entry is free.

The event is put on by the West County Community Seed Exchange, the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and the Daily Acts organization.

SANTA ROSA: Creating flower arrangements

Floral designer Wil Gonzalez of Willits will show how he takes inspiration from great art to create arrangements during the March 7 meeting of the Santa Rosa Garden Club.

Gonzalez has been a regular participant in Bouquets to Art, a fundraiser held annually at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

The event, scheduled this year for March 19 to 23, pairs Bay Area floral designers with specific pieces of art in the museum's collection and asks them to create a floral arrangement inspired by it.

Gonazalez will demonstrate his techniques, creating arrangements on the spot inspired by the works of six Sonoma County artists, including T. Barny, Michele Weitzenberg and Eda Varriccchio, a garden club member.

The 2 p.m. demonstration at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., is open to the general public and will include a live auction of the arrangements at the end. Cost is $25. For tickets and information email gardenclubevents@yahoo.com or 537-6885.

SONOMA: Advice on growing, harvesting olives

Don Landis leads two "Olive Odysseys" Feb. 16 and 17 at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards south of Sonoma.

The free event is an olive immersion, with experts on hand to answer questions about growing, harvesting and curing olives.

There will also be olives, olive oils and olive-based foods, as well as olive-inspired art from photographers, painters, ceramicists and jewelers. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 24724 Arnold Dr., Sonoma. 931-7575.

KENWOOD: Learn the art of shaping trees

You know you look and feel better after a haircut. And so do your trees. Learn the art of tree shaping during a workshop at Wildwood Farm in Kenwood.

The hands-on classes begin at 1 p.m. and are scheduled for March 3, 10 and 17.

Cost is $25 and reservations are required since the class is limited to 10. Participants should dress warmly and bring clippers.

Wildwood is also holding several workshops offering an introduction to dogwoods.

The 1 p.m. class slated for March 2 and repeated on March 16, will include a stroll of the nursery looking at some 30 different varieties of dogwood, some native to the East Coast of the U.S., some to the West Coast, and others native to China and Korea. Cost is free.

For information or to sign up call 833-1161 or visit wildwoodmaples.com. 10300 Sonoma Highway 12, Kenwood.

SONOMA: Hoist & Haul sale at Cornerstone

Artefact Design and Salvage in Sonoma is throwing its second annual Hoist & Haul sale Feb. 23 and 24 featuring goods gleaned from across the globe, from fossilized giant clams to Indonesian teak rice pounders.

Curiosities for the home are being offered at discounts of up to 70 percent.

But there's an added attraction. The sale inventory will be displayed alongside a collection of newly acquired antiques from San Francisco's Cannery Building and the collection of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst.

The Hearst items came via the estate of collector Leonard Martin, the visionary behind the revitalization of The Cannery.

The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.

SEBASTOPOL: Learn how to best capture rainwater

If you're interested in learning how to capture rainwater, now is the time to get started, while there still might be some raindrops in the forecast.

Harmony Farm Supply is offering a two-hour seminar March 2 introducing the basics of collecting, storing and using rain water.

The class will cover the best tank for your property, how much rainwater you can collect on a typical North Bay house, how to safely store the water, the best ways to install a rain tank and different methods to use the water on your garden.

There will be a number of rain barrels, tanks and accessories on display and an opportunity to ask questions about this ancient water collection method using modern materials.

The class will be presented by Bruce Hallinan, accredited with the American Rain Catchment Systems Association.

Hallinan has installed dozens of rainwater harvesting systems around the Bay Area, inspired by the recent explosion in rain collection in his native Australia.

Classes are limited to 30 so registration is advised (visit the old website at harmonyfarmsupply.com.) 10 a.m. to noon. 3244 Gravenstein Highway N., Sebastopol. 823-9125 or harmonyfarm.com.

WINDSOR: Master Gardener workshops

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners have a full line-up of educational workshops scheduled for various libraries throughout the county on Saturdays. All the talks are held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and are free. For information call 565-2608 or visit sonomacountymastergardeners.org.

March 2:

Recipe for a Healthy Garden: Think of creating a garden just like you would cook from a recipe. It all starts with the soil. Master Gardener Gloria Whiteley tells you how to build and maintain healthy soil, establish good and safe pest control and develop good maintenance practices. Held at the Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Successful Container Gardener for Vegetables: Learn how easy and convenient it can be to grow fresh, juicy tomatoes, succulent lettuce, tender parsley and more in containers with no garden area needed. A sunny spot on a deck, patio or balcony is all you need. Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 100, Windsor.

SANTA ROSA: Travel writer talks about gardens

Travel writer Yvonne Michie Horn will reprise her Powerpoint presentation featuring eight of her favorite gardens in the world, during a free talk before the Santa Rosa Garden Club Feb. 25.

Horn, a gardener herself, travels the world seeking out gardens with interesting stories or that are singularly placed or reflect the passions of their creators.

The talk begins at 1:30 p.m. and is open to non-members. 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. 537-6885 or gardenclubevents@yahoo.com.

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