In a year when water conservation is on everyone?s mind, gardeners can cope by capturing and saving rain when it does fall, and by planting drought-tolerant plants.

Three free upcoming workshops will help gardeners deal with a low rainfall year.

On Sunday, Jani Weaver, the nursery manager of Emerisa Gardens and owner of GardenWeaver Design, will give a talk on ?Planning & Planting for Drought ? Building Your Sustainable Garden.? She will discuss the principles of sustainable gardening and help gardeners create a drought-tolerant, low-maintenance garden through appropriate plant choices, soil maintenance and proper mulching. The talk will be at 10:30 a.m. Emerisa is as 555 Irwin Lane, Santa Rosa. 525-9644 or

On April 4 garden designer Gail Fanning of Blue Hill Design will talk about ?Spring Blooming California Natives.? These are plants that are low-maintenance and drought-tolerant. The free talk is at 10:30 a.m. at Bassignani Nursery, 1843 Gravenstein Highway S., Sebastopol. 823-3984 or 829-2455.

Also on April 4, Master Gardener Linda King will explain how to capture rainwater in rain gardens or rain barrels. The event is at 10:30 a.m. at the Rohnert Park/Cotati Regional Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park. For information, call 565-2608 or

-- Compiled by Staff Writer Meg McConahey.