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ROHNERT PARK: Sustainable landscape design seminars

Frederique Lavoipierre, who coordinates Sonoma State University's Garden Classroom and Entomology Outreach Program, is leading a series of low-cost seminars offering an introduction to the science of sustainable landscape design.

Her next talk Oct. 29 will cover "Contemporary Sustainable Gardens." On Nov. 7 the series concludes with an overview of "Ecological Garden Design."

All of the lectures take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Sonoma State University Garden Classroom in the Environmental Technology Center.

The SSU habitat gardens are available for exploring before and after the talk and the Charlie Brown Cafe will be open for snacks. A suggested donation of $10 is requested.

To reserve as seat RSVP to ssugardenclassroom@gmail.com.

SONOMA: Selecting plants for Sonoma Valley

Veteran landscaper Paul Martinez will home in on selecting and caring for plants that do particularly well in the Sonoma Valley during a talk Nov. 1 before the Valley of the Moon Garden Club.

Martinez and his crews with PDM Landscapes, have installed and maintained gardens of all designs and sizes throughout Sonoma and Napa valleys for some 35 years.

He specializes in integrating plants specifically suited to Sonoma Valley's climate and soils.

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