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SONOMA COUNTY: Plant sales mean fall bargains

Don't let October slip away without getting a few new beauties in the ground.

Whether you're in to perennials, trees or cool weather food crops, deals abound at some of the great fall plant sales happening this month.

Clear out the back of your car and chart your course for a shopping spree.

The California Native Plant Sale: Members of the Milo Baker chapter of the Native Plant Society have been busy potting up great plants for this annual autumn sale. Look for trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and seeds, as well as botanical note cards, books, posters and t-shirts. 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 351 Maple Ave., across from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. For a complete plant list visit cnps.org. The club welcomes visitors tot heir monthly meetings, held the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. Judith Lowery, author and owner of Larner Seeds in Bolinas is the special guest on Oct. 16. Lowery is an expert in growing native plants and wildflowers from seeds.

The Graton Community Club Fall Flower Show: There are more than flowers at this annual autumn event, going on this year on Oct. 12 and 13. Members bring in plants for sale and you never know what you'll score. You can also troll for hand-crafted items and collectibles, as well as check out floral exhibits. Lunch is offered for $10. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 8996 Graton Road. 823-7341.

Willowside School Fall Plant Sales: Stock up on perennials, hydrangeas, roses, grasses, Japanese maples, Trident maps, hornbeam, olive trees, deodar cedar, redwoods, cypress and a multitude of succulents, bonsai crab apples and elms. They also have specialty Japanese maples, three to six feet tall, and red/yellow magnolias for $25 and $35. Prices for most plants are a bargain at $3 for one-gallon containers and $7-$10 for five-gallon containers. The sale is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, on Oct. 13. 5299 Hall Road at Willowside, Santa Rosa. For information call 823-3265 or email 4lochs@comcast.net.

ROHNERT PARK: Workshops on everything for home gardeners

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners are holding a series of free Saturday workshops and talks geared especially for the home gardener. All are held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information on the program call 565-2608 or visit sonomamastergardeners.org.

How to Select and Care for Your Garden Tools: The right tool makes all the difference in performing a job. Kathy Matanok, a Master Gardener and life-long home gardener will cover selecting the proper tools and maintaining them. She will also discuss what jobs you can do yourself and which you should hire a pro to do. The workshop will be held twice: On Oct. 13 at the Rincon Valley Regional Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd. Santa Rosa. It will be repeated on Oct. 20 at the Guerneville Library. For more information call 565-2608 or visit www.sonomamastergardeners.org. Oct. 13

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