SANTA ROSA: Learn all about succulents
Succulents are the latest thing in garden design.
Learn which varieties of these popular water-wise plants grow best in Sonoma County during a talk by expert Aaron Ryan before the Santa Rosa Garden Club on Sept. 24.
Ryan, who was assistant to the curator of succulents at the arboretum at the University of California at Santa Cruz, works for Cottage Gardens of Petaluma, where he propagates and oversees the nursery's succulent display garden.
He will dispel some common misconceptions about succulents and give advice on propagation, as well as bring some special plants for sale.
The general public is invited to attend the free talk starting at 1:30 p.m. a the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa.
For information call 537-6885 or e-mail email@example.com.
SANTA ROSA: Willowside students set for bargain plant sale
Stock up on bargain plants for your fall garden at the Willowside School fall plant sale Sept. 22
The non-profit school-based nursery will have great deals on Japanese maples, deodar cedars, hornbeam, olive trees, Trident maples, roses, hydrangeas, grasses, magnolias, elms, succulents, redwoods and more.
The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine. 5299 Hall Road at Willowside, Santa Rosa. For information call 569-4724.
SONOMA: Nine-to-noon plant sale by Garden Club
The Valley of the Moon Garden Club is throwing its fall plant sale Sept. 22, featuring hundreds of plants for the fall planting season.
Stock up on flowering perennials, edible winter greens, herbs, succulents, ornamental grasses, flowering mums, coleus, bulbs, garden art and more from 9 a.m. to noon on Broadway at France Street in Sonoma.
SAN FRANCISCO: 'Grassologist' to guide landscape choices
Sonoma County "grassologist" Bob Hornback will talk about his top picks for landscaping with grasses during a workshop Sept. 22 at the San Francisco Botanical Garden.
Hornback will home in on best selections for drought tolerance, good looks and easy maintenance. He will also show how to use grasses for form and color in containers, native gardens and low-care meadows. Many of the plants on display for the class will be available for purchase.
The course will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $30. It will be held at the San Francisco County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way, San Francisco. For information call 415-661-1316 ext. 400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KENWOOD: Japanese maples star in Wildwood weekend
Wildwood Farm in Kenwood has a weekend full of activities planned Sept. 15 and 16, from a class in how to garden with Japanese maples to a garden party and plant sale.
On Sept. 15 the nursery is hosting a free class covering the basics of selecting Japanese maples, as well as the growth patterns, leaf shapes and seasonal color. The class will also analyze specific plant pairings in Wildwood's extensive display garden to demonstrate design ideas. The 1:30 p.m. class will be repeated Sept. 22 and 29.
On Sept. 16 Wildwood will celebrate autumn with a garden party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. featuring refreshments, perennial pairings and tree pruning demonstrations and live music from The Root Doctors, headed by Dr. Joel Rudinow — a doctor of philosophy — who plays New Orleans piano blues, boogie woogie and rock and roll. He will appear with Teed Rockwell of Berkeley playing world music on the Touchstyle Veena, a guitar-like instrument, and percussionist Jonathan Duff of Sonoma on the tabla as well as a New Orleans traps set of his own design.