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<MC>Bamboo is emerging as a popular, and sustainable wood product in construction. Learn how to work with it — cut, pin, split, weave, tie, bend and join — at two upcoming workshops at Bamboo Sourcery in Sebastopol.

The first class on June24 will be all about working with bamboo and will include a demonstration and discussion about which varieties to select, as well as harvesting, treating, designing and working with it. There will be a particular emphasis on joinery.

The second class on June 29, "Bamboo Barrel Vault Day," will cover how to curve and tie bamboo into large half-pipe forms that can be used for trellises, chicken tractors or shade structures. This is a good way to make us of the many bamboo poles that may even be growing on your own property. Participants will learn about design, harvesting, lashing and splitting bamboo for projects ranging from kitchenware to habitable structures.

The classes will be taught by Darrel DeBoer of DeBoer Architects, president of the Northern California Chapter of the American Bamboo Society. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Cost is $75 per class.

Pre-registration is required. To register call 823-5866 or download a registration form at BambooSourcery.com.


<MC2>Learn all about the larval and nectar plants that attract butterflies during a free talk Sunday June 24 at Emerisa Gardens.

Julie West, a longtime member of the North America Butterfly Association and an experienced habitat gardener, will offer tips on how to invite butterflies into your garden. 10:30 a.m. 555 Irwin Lane, Santa Rosa. 525-9644 or retail@emerisa.com.


<MC2>The Sonoma County Master Gardeners are starting a new series of free workshops this summer at Quarryhill Botantical Garden in Glen Ellen.

The first workshop June 23 will feature Linda King talking about "Designing the Garden for Year-Round Color.:

Future talks are:

<CF103>July 28, Form and Foliage:</CF> Year-round Garden Interest with Minimal Care by Sara Malone

<CF103>Aug. 25, Designing with Ornamental Grasses </CF>by Rosemary McCreary.

<CF103>Sept. 22, Long-lasting Floral Arrangements</CF> by Gaius Robinson

All workshops begin at 10:30 a.m. and guests are welcome to stroll the garden before or after the talks. No reservations are required. 12841 Sonoma Hwy 12. 996-3166 or quarryhillbg.org.


<MC2>The last garden tour of the season entices the horticulturally inclined to the North Coast on Saturday, June 23.

The 20th Annual Mendocino Coast Garden Tour features six stops, making for all-day entertainment.

Highlights include the Garden at Harmony Woods, with waterfalls and stone bridges set among the maples, ferns and redwoods; an organic vegetable garden and fruit orchard where the owners do all their own canning, drying and freezing, and an English-style garden at the end of the Pygmy Forest that includes a handcrafted reproduction of Claude Monet's Giverny Bridge and a half-timbered garden shed.

Tickets for the tour are $40. For an extra $20 tour-goers can enjoy at vegetarian lunch at the Stanford Inn by the Sea.

The tour is a fund-raiser for the Mendocino Art Center, which will host a plant sale the day before and the day of the tour. 707 937-5818, ext. 10, 800-653-3328, ext. 10, for tickets or information. Mendocinoartcenter.org.


<MC2>Butterfly maven Louise Hallberg again opens her extraordinary butterfly sanctuary to visitors on June 24.

The Open Gardens Celebration is a chance to see Hallberg's personal gardens — planted specifically as habitat for butterflies — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be guided walks through the gardens, display specimens of local butterflies, host plants, wildflowers, crafts for kids, and a plant sale featuring plant butterflies love, such as Dutchman's Pipe, which started Hallberg's butterfly obsession.

There is no charge to attend. The garden is at 8687 Oak Grove Road, across from Oak Grove Elementary School in Graton. A parking shuttle is available. For information visit hallbergbutterflygardens.org, email leah@hallbergbutterflygardens.org, or call Louise at 823-3420.


<MC2>Get close to the lavender crop before harvest sweeps it away at the Sonoma Lavender Festival June 23 and 24.

Sonoma Lavender, the largest national retailer of lavender products, invites the public into its fields for talks, live music, lavender massage, a lavender plant sale and marketplace and lavender cuisine by chef Lisa Hemenway of Santa Rosa's Fresh.

Festival goers may also cut their own fresh lavender, make crafts, tour a lavender specimen garden, make crafts and more.

Cost is $5 per person with kids under 12 free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sonoma Lavender Barn, 8537 Sonoma Highway 12 in Kenwood. The entrance is off the driveway to Chateau St. Jean winery. For information visit 523-4411, Ext. 2, or visit sonomalavender.com.


<MC2>The Sonoma County Regional Parks is teaming up with iGROW Sonoma for a series of gardening workshops held in the historic barn and educational garden at Tolay Lake Regional Park.

The series continues June 23 with Stefan Stehling offering an "Introduction to Biointensive Gardening" from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn the reasons and techniques for developing a sustainable garden or mini-farm with an emphasis on soil formation, sustainable fertility development and soil food web health. The day-long class also will cover tool use and assessment methods and hands-on skills like double-digging and compost-making. Bring a lunch. ($75 suggested donation.

There are discounts for Regional Parks members on all workshops.

Tolay Lake is at the end of Cannon Lane off Lakeville Highway, 5.5 miles east of Petaluma. Parking is $7 per car or free with a Regional Parks membership. Wear study boots, long sleeves and long pants and bring a hat, sunscreen and your own water and snacks. For details visit sonomacountyparks.org or call 789-9699.

You may direct home and garden news to meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com or 521-5204.

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