A good way to learn about organic gardening is to work in a community garden hoe to hoe with the experts.
Spend time in the Rancho Mark West garden, while also enjoying music, crafts, hiking and potlucking, during an "Afternoon Family Garden Party" Sept. 14.
Put on by LandPaths, the event includes working in the garden, with time to "Ask a Farmer." A hike with creek exploration and a potluck feast incorporating fresh veggies from the garden make this a full-on family event. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 7125 St. Helena Road, Santa Rosa. RSVP at landpaths.org.
<b>SANTA ROSA:</b> Talk on organic land management
David Perkins, a life-long organic gardener and accredited Organic Land Practitioner, will talk about Organic Land Care Management at the Sept. 23 meeting of the Santa Rosa Garden Club.
Perkins is knowledgable about Biodynamics and permaculture and services as an advocate for Integrated Pest Management as a solution for protecting local watersheds like the Laguna de Santa Rosa.
The meeting is free and open to the public. 1:30 p.m. 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. 537-6885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
<b>HEALDSBURG:</b> Attract birds, bees to your garden
Attracting birds, butterflies and bees to your garden is all about the accommodations.
Learn how to make your landscape a destination from a team of experts gathering Sept. 14 and 15 at the Russian River Rose Co.
Representatives from The Audubon Society, the Hallberg Butterfly Garden, The Sonoma County Bee Keeper's Association and the Sonoma County Master Gardeners will be on hand with information on making a haven for beneficial visitors. Presentations will be given at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m both days. A $2 donation is requested. 1685 Magnolia Dr., Healdsburg. 433-7455 or russian-river-rose.com.
<b>SANTA ROSA:</b> Time to get rid of your lawn?
If your lawn has been in the crosshairs for a long time, fall is a good time to pull the trigger.
Master Gardener Sandy Metzger will talk about how to turn your turf into a low-water-use, low-maintenance landscape during a free workshop Sept. 21 at The Harvest for the Hungry Garden in Santa Rosa.
Metzger will talk about how to remove your lawn and then suggest plantings and turf-free landscaping ideas. The workshop will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. For information call 484-3613.
<b>UKIAH:</b> Take a water-wise walking tour
Take a walking tour of Ukiah Sept. 21 to see neighbors who have incorporated water-wise techniques and technologies into their home landscapes.
The 1?-mile walk led by the Mendocino County Inland Master Gardeners will feature legal graywater systems, drip irrigation, mulching, water-thrifty plants and the use of edibles. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Ukiah Methodist Church parking lot on the corner of Bush and Standley streets. The 2? hour walk is sponsored by the city of Ukiah Water Utility. For information call 485-1290.
<b>SANTA ROSA:</b> Fall plant sale at Willowside School
Bargain plants are up for grabs at the Willowside School Fall Plant Sale Sept. 7.
The student-run nursery will have perennials, roses, grasses, Japanese and Trident maples, deodar cedars, redwoods and cypress as well as a multitude of succulents, bonsai crabapple, Chinese quince and elm trees. Pack home a 3- to 6-foot red/yellow magnolia for $25 to $40.