SONOMA: Tips from Master Gardeners

The Valley of the Moon Garden Club on March 7 will host a panel of Master Gardeners to offer gardening tips and field questions.

Master gardeners are lay educators who undergo more than 50 hours of training from University of California specialists, advisers and other professionals in the nursery and landscape industries. Their intensive training covers botany, composting, integrated pest management (IPM), soils, water management, entomology, plant pathology, fruit and ornamental tree culture and sustainable landscape practices.

The Master Gardeners on the panel will be Dennis Przybycien, Diane Kenworthy and Dave Gould.

The free presentation is open to non-members. 7 p.m. in Room 110 of the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa Street, Sonoma. A plant drawing and refreshments follow the meeting. For information call at 935-5939.

SANTA ROSA: Ideas for floral 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 Varricchio, 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.

KENWOOD: Workshop on tree shaping

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 9 and repeated on March 23, 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.

SEBASTOPOL: Gopher trap demonstration

Greg Crawford, the Gopher Guy, will demonstrate how to set his modified Cinch gopher trap during a workshop March 9 at Harmony Farm Supply. Gregg has succcessfully trapped thousands of Sonoma County gophers. The presentation will be repeated March 30. 10 a.m. to noon. 3244 Gravenstein Highway N., Sebastopol. 823-9125.

SONOMA COUNTY: Garden workshops on Saturdays

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.

March 9: Container Gardening: Limited space or limited sun in your yard doesn't mean you have to forego the pleasure of gardening. There are many things you can grow, including edibles, in containers. Master Gardener Sandy Metzger will talk about the various containers you can use, from ceramics to galvanized tubs or half wine barrels, all of which can be moved to meet your design whims. Metzger will also offer how-to tips for planting in containers. Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma.

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