PETALUMA: Tool Wizard tips for tools, back
Paul Martin, AKA the "Tool Wizard," will teach you how to care for your garden tools and your back during a workshop Sept. 29 at Petaluma Bounty Community Farm.
The talk begins at 10 a.m. Bring a small pair of garden shears for sharpening. Cost is $15 donation, imposed on a sliding scale. RSVP to pcmarin firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshop kicks off a new program to recycle or redistribute small gardening tools no longer than a shovel. Starting Oct. 6, the farm will collect old, broken, rusty or used tools between 10 a.m. and noon. (No lawnmowers or chain saws.) All donations are tax deductible. Visit petalumabounty.org/blog/tool-recycling-program for more details.
On Oct. 7, the farm will host a workshop on how to grow and harvest the most colorful and fragrant cut flowers for bouquets.
Ariana Reguzzoni and Lisa Murgatroyd, both organic farmers, will lead the class. Professionally, they have Chica Bloom Farm, a small flower farm on Bodega Avenue in Petaluma. They sell bouquets at farmers' markets in Petaluma and Santa Rosa and provide flowers and designs for events, businesses and florists in Sonoma County.
Cost for the class is $20 and includes a fresh bouquet to take home. 10 a.m. to noon at the farm, 55 Shasta Avenue. RSVP to email@example.com.
SANTA ROSA: All about bees and the plants they love
Bee specialist April Lance will give "The Buzz About Bees" on Oct. 9 at the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens.
Lance, a Sonoma County Master Gardener, will share interesting and useful facts about these busy creatures, including the types of plants to keep them happy and productive.
The talk is the last in a Second Tuesday Lecture Series at the historical Burbank Home & Gardens, located at the corner of Santa Rosa and Sonoma avenues. Cost is $10. To reserve a seat at lutherburbank.org or by calling 524-5445.
ALBION: Digging Dog has the word on easy-to-grow plants
Digging Dog Nursery in Albion, with its famed gardens featured in Martha Stewart Living and House and Garden Magazine, is offering its "last chance" guided tours of the season on Oct. 6.
Set amid a redwood forest on a ridge above the Mendocino Coast, Digging Dog is famous for its ease-to-grow garden plants including many rare varieties. Visitors can join co-owner Deborah Whigham for a free tour at 2 p.m., then take advantage of a free garden consultation and light refreshments.
On Oct. 12, 13 and 14 the nursery will hold its "Dog-Gone Super Fall Plant Sale" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Digging Dog, which is wheelchair accessible, is located at 31101 Middle Ridge Road, Albion. 937-1130 or diggingdog.com for a full catalog.
SEBASTOPOL: Luther Burbank farm opens for plant sale, plant talk
Today and tomorrow, Luther Burbank's Gold Ridge Experiment Farm in Sebastopol holds an open house with unusual perennials for sale and master gardeners on hand to answer questions.
Visitors to the historic farm may also stroll the grounds where renowned horticulturist Luther Burbank did much of his work, as well as see the exhibits inside his cottage. There will also be firewood from a live oak to purchase. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Turn into the Burbank Heights and Orchards senior housing complex at 7777 Bodega Ave. and drive to the top of the hill. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 481-3488.
Very few cases go to trial
In Santa Rosa Superior Court between June 2012 and June 2013 ...
15,055 cases resolved:
*112 cases resulted in trials that led to convictions or dismissals
*14,943 cases were settled before trial; most of these were plea bargains, court officials say