Home and garden news, upcoming events

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.

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