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Home and garden briefs, upcoming events

GRATON: Spend enchanted day with the butterflies

Nearly 90 years since becoming enchanted after seeing her first Pipevine Swallowtail butterfy, Louise Hallberg is still inviting the beautiful winged creatures into her garden — the same garden by the same house where she has lived her entire life.

Hallberg loves to share and on Sunday, June 23, she again welcomes the public to visit her Butterfly Garden, which she began to expand in earnest back in 1990.

The free Open Gardens Celebrationfeatures guided and self-guided plant, bird and butterfly observation walks. There will also be a large selection of butterfly-attracting plants for sale, including Dutchman's Pipe, which is the slow-growing host plant for California's native Pipevine Swallowtail.

The open house is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 8687 Oak Grove Road across from Oak Grove Elementary School in Graton. Parking shuttles will be available.

For more information visit hallbergbutterflygardens.org, email eah@hallbergbutterflygardens.org or call Hallberg herself at 823-3420.

GLEN ELLEN: Learn how to help succulents thrive

Master Gardener Anne Lowings will give a free talk on succulents today, June 22, at Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen.

The 10:30 a.m. to noon presentation will cover which which varieties grow best in which climates, and how to cultivate and propagate these tough, water-saving plants for year-round interest.


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