OCCIDENTAL: Learn ways to manage water usage

Learn how to smartly manage the water on your own property during a 3-hour outdoor seminar Aug. 5 at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center.

Participants will learn how to prevent erosion problems, turn stormwater and graywater into a benefit and how to safely harvest and store high quality water from your roof. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $35. 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental. 874-1557 ext. 101 or oaec.org.

SEBASTOPOL: Fuchsia Society annual plant sale slated

Bring home some beautiful fuchsias to brighten your world at the Sebastopol Fuchsia Society's annual plant sale in Sebastopol today.

All of the plants are grown by members of the society. Look for hanging baskets and uprights in a variety of colors.

It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until all plants are gone, at the Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 N. High St., next to the Sebastopol Library.

For information, call Edwina Sauers at 838-9429.

COTATI: Seminar on using beneficial insects

The last in a series of seminars on enlisting beneficial insects to make your garden more beautiful is slated for Aug. 9 at Sonoma State University.

"A Garden for Allies" is the topic of the final workshop led by Frederique Lavoipierre. Participants are invited to check out he Garden Allies labs and tour the Ken Stocking Native and Butterfly Gardens on campus.

Hours are from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Environmental Technology Center. There is not charge although donations are accepted. Space is limited. To reserve email lavoipie@sonoma.edu.

GLEN ELLEN: Master Gardener tips on foliage

Petaluma Master Gardener Sara Malone will talk about "Form and Foliage — Year-Round Garden Interest With Minimal Care" today at Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen.

The free talk is part of Quarryhill's ongoing Summer Garden Workshop Series. The next talk will be Aug. 25, with Master Gardener and Press Democrat Columnist Rosemary McCreary covering, "Designing with Ornamental Grasses."

All the workshops are at 10:30 a.m. Guests are invited to stroll the garden before or after the class. 12841 Sonoma Highway 12, Glen Ellen, 996-3166 or info@quarryhillbg.org.

(Direct Home and Garden news to Meg McConahey at meg.mcconahey@ pressdemocrat.com or 521-5204.)