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<strong>SEBASTOPOL/FORESTVILLE: Learn washi technique for egg ornaments</strong>

Decorative eggs are not just for Easter.

Barbara Friedman will teach classes on the ancient art of making washi egg ornaments on Dec. 4 and 7 in Sebastopol and Forestville.

Friedman will show how to decorate real eggs using Japanese washi, a fine decorative paper. They can be used as tree ornaments or New Year's gifts.

"Eggs are often shared among friends and are symbols of new beginnings," said Friedman, who introduced the craft to Martha Stewart and has been teaching it for more than 10 years.

Classes are two hours and will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 at Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Tiny Town Cafe and Pastry, 6544 Front St., Forestville.

Cost is $30. Lunch will be available at both locations for an additional charge, as well as washi egg kits.

For information or to register, call 696-2009 or email barbrabvf@yahoo.com.

<strong>SAUSALITO: Tours, discounts at Heath Ceramics</strong>

Heath Ceramics, one of the oldest continuing potteries in California, is holding its annual showroom and factory open house and sale.

From now through Wednesday, Heath will offer 20 percent discounts on showroom merchandise. Through Monday, it will also offer factory tours, hands-on studio experiences and other activities. The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Monday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The original Heath factory is located at 400 Gate 5 Road in Sausalito. Heath also has a studio at 2900 18th St., San Francisco. For details, visit <a href="http://heathceramics.com" target="_blank">heathceramics.com</a>.

<strong>SANTA ROSA: Plant adventurer shares his story</strong>

William A. McNamara, who created Quarryhill Botanical Garden from cuttings he collected himself in the wilds of Asia, will talk about his work and his adventures at the Santa Rosa Garden Club on Monday.

With horticulturists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Windsor Great Park, the Howick Arboretum and others, McNamara has classified plants extensively in the wilds of Asia. Each fall for the past 26 years he has ventured into the mountains of China, Japan and India in search of plants. Working closely with other botanists, he and his colleagues pursue their mutual goals of research and conservation.

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1975, McNamara traveled the world visiting gardens and remote areas. He then settled in Sonoma, where he started Con Mara Gardens. In 1987, he was recruited to create what became Quarryhill Botanical Garden, a private research garden in Glen Ellen. He is now its executive director. Earlier this year he received an Award of Excellence from the National Garden Clubs.

The free talk is open to the public. The club meets at 1 p.m. at The Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. For information, call 523-1493 or email madelinewelsh@yahoo.com.

<strong>SONOMA COUNTY: Tips from the pros at free workshops</strong>

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners will lead two workshops today at libraries in Sebastopol and Sonoma, part of their ongoing series of free fall programs. All classes are held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information, call 565-2608 or visit <a href="http://sonomamastergardeners.org" target="_blank">sonomamastergardeners.org</a>.

<strong>Sebastopol</strong> — Rose Care and Culture: Prize-winning rosarian and past president of the Redwood Empire Rose Society Jim Lange discusses how to grow healthy roses, including when and how to plant, prepare the soil, water and fertilize. He will cover many varieties of roses, as well as how to deal with pests. Sebastopol Library, 7140 Bodega Ave.

<strong>Sonoma</strong> — Edible Landscaping and Holiday Decor: Sue Lovelace will demonstrate step-by-step time saving techniques for assembling the right amount of flowers and greens for indoor arrangements or containers. Many of the greens can be taken from your own garden. Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St.

<em> You can direct Home and Garden news to meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com or 521-5204.</em>