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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 2010@gmail.com.

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 flowers@chicabloomfarm.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 erinsheff@comcast.net or call 481-3488.

On Oct. 6 the Sonoma County Jail Nursery and Teaching Garden will hold is fall plant sale featuring drought-tolerant plants, California natives, succulents, perennials and shrubs as well as pumpkins and owl houses. 9 a.m. to noon at 2254 Ordinance Road, Santa Rosa. 525-8310.

HEALDSBURG: Rose Co. hosts music, Russian tea in season sendoff

Get your last whiff of the remaining roses at the Russian River Rose Co., which has some special events planned for their last open garden weekend of the year.

Today and tomorrow, owners Michael and Jan Tolmasoff salute their Russian heritage and their "beloved Russian River" by serving rose cookies and aromatic Russian tea prepared in antique samovars. Visitors can sip while checking out a display of Russian antiques.

Today, Michael "Karnak the Magnificent" and "Tanushka" Tolmasoff will do tea leaf readings — tongue in cheek, of course — at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Tomorrow, the Bulgarian singing group "Gradina" will perform Slavic and Russian folk songs at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The Tolmasoffs will debut their 2012 estate-produced rose oil perfume, "Rose Embrace," with samples offered by wandering "maidens." On Sunday the couple will share a display of antique atomizers.

Cost is $9.50, with a portion of the proceeds going to several local nonprofits. 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg. russian-river-rose.com or 433-7455.

KENWOOD: Final fall workshop on Japanese maples by masters

Learn the basics of selecting Japanese maples from the experts at Wildwood Farm.

The Kenwood nursery, which has been specializing in Japanese maples for several decades, will hold its final fall workshop today, surveying the growth patterns, leaf shapes and seasonal color to help you select the best varieties for your garden.

The free workshop is at 1:30 p.m. 10300 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. wildwoodmaples.com or 833-1161.

SONOMA COUNTY: Gophers in cross hairs at free workshop

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners have geared up for fall with a line-up of free classes on a wide variety of topics. For information on any class call 565-2608 or visit sonomamastergardeners.org.

On Sept. 29( Today):

— Conquering Gophers and Moles

Has a new family of pocket gophers moved into your front lawn? Master Gardener Jim Lang will lead a free workshop on how to conquer burrowing pests. He will demonstrate the proper methods for trapping the varmints along with the common mistakes people make in setting the devices. He will also discuss the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of alternative ways of controlling them. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma.

Fall Floral Creations on a Budget: Learn the secrets of making easy wreaths, swags and table d?or to grace your home using materials from your own garden or from those of neighbors and friends. Master Gardener Ellyn Pelikan will give ideas to spark your creativity without draining your bank account. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Healdsburg Library, 139 Piper St., Healdsburg.

SONOMA: Make plans for your edible winter garden

Make the most of California's mild climate by planting a winter garden. Garlic, onions, kale, chard and peas are among the edible crops that can be planted now.

Horticulturist Dawn Smith will give a free one hour talk at 11 p.m. Sept. 29 at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma on planting a winter garden that includes hands-on training. 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. For information RSVP to events@cornerstonesonoma.com or call 933-3010.

SONOMA: Floral designer, art teacher shares some of her secrets

Award winning local floral designer and teacher Natasha Drengson will be giving away a few secrets and share her time-honored techniques at the Oct. 4 meeting of the Valley of the Moon Garden Club.

Drengson has created floral design and art in Sonoma for more than 30 years, beginning with the Sonoma Mission Inn during the 1980s.

She was invited to participate in the Bouquets to Art at the De Young Museum in San Francisco for 17 years and is currently on staff at "Flaxx Floral Design" and "Spring Flowers."

Drengson also has been trained in Ikebana and studied horticulture and design at City College in San Francisco.

In addition to her floral career she has been teaching art to children at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art for the past 6 years.

Non-members are invited to attend the free talk at 7 p.m. in Room 110 at the Sonoma Community Center. Refreshments will be served. For more information call George Paul at 935-5939.

(You can direct Home and Garden news to Staff Writer Meg McConahey at meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com or 521-5204.)