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<MC>Master Gardeners offer free workshops

<MC>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.<EL2>

<CF103><HS-10><CF114>Oct. 27</CF>

</CF><CF103>Supermarket Orchid Survival Class:</CF> It's easy and inexpensive to pick up a beautiful orchid for the home now. But how do you care for them? A team of master gardeners who love orchids will show you how, during a workshop at the Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. Bring your own orchid for a personal consultation.

<CF103>Soils: Life Underground:</CF> Bonita Morgan will discuss the importance of rich, fertile soil and how to get it and maintain it, during a talk at the Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

<CF103>Growing Home Wine:</CF> Dennis Przybycien will talk gardeners through the basic steps of growing quality wine grapes in a talk at the Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol.<EL2>

<CF103><HS-10><CF114>Nov. 3

</CF></CF><CF103>Budget Holiday Floral Designs:</CF> Master Gardener and professional floral designer Ellyn Pelikan leads a class in how to make inexpensive seasonal decorations and arrangements for your own home or as gifts. Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 100, Windsor.

<CF103>Making Your Garden More Sustainable:</CF> Master Gardener Kim Pearson leads a discussion on sustainability and why is it so important. Using an example of a small urban garden, she will suggest projects that will transform a typical garden into a more environmentally friendly and sustainable garden that can be a beautiful outdoor space. Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road.

<CF103>Pruning Fruit Trees: </CF>Learn how to prune your fruit trees for great fruit and healthy beautiful trees from Master Gardener Denny Pedersen. The class will cover the tools you need and how to use them, how to shape your trees, when to prune and what cuts to make. Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive.

<CF103>Soil — Life Underground:</CF> Master Gardener Bonita Morgan covers the importance of rich, fertile soil for growing all types of plants. Included will be information needed to get and keep soil in top growing condition. Rohnert Park Regional Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park.


<MC>Find the pick of collectibles at ReHealdsburg

<MC2>Troll for antiques, collectibles and vintage or consigned items for the home and garden at ReHealdsburg's Fall Sale running through Oct. 28.

Nothing's new but it's all good quality at the pop-up sale, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1229 Grove St. Look for used items ranging from traditional to modern in look and design. For information call 433-3231, email ReHealdsburg@gmail.com or visit ReHealdsburg.com.


<MC1>Focus on plants suited to Sonoma Valley

<MC2>Veteran landscaper and plantman Paul Martinez will focuson 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.

He founded Sonoma Valley Wholesale Nursery in 2009 to make many of these plants available locally to other landscape professionals.

His commitment to sustainability embraces a wide variety of practices from creating a proprietary soil mixture that is alive and rich with microbes, selecting low water usage plants whenever possible, and favoring plants, shrubs and trees that do not need frequent trimming and pruning.

The free talk, which starts at 7 p.m. and concludes with refreshments, is open to the general public. It will be held at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information about the VOM Garden Club call 935-5939.


<MC1>Low-cost seminars on sustainable landscapes

<MC2>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.


<MC1>Willowside holds last plant sale of fall

<MC2>Willowside Middle School's working nursery holds its final fall plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3.

Shop for a variety of perennials, trees and succulents at bargain prices. Proceeds benefit the program.

The sale will be held rain or shine at the school, 5299 Hall Road at Willowside in west Santa Rosa. For information call 569-4724.

You can reach Staff Writer Meg McConahey at meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com or 521-5204.

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