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 email@example.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.