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After a summer break, it's time to start digging in the soil again. The Sonoma County Jail Industries is holding a plant sale Sept. 7 to help gardeners get a start on the fall season.

California natives, succulents, perennials, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, fruit and ornamental trees will be available for sale, and 10 Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.

All plants are grown by inmates in their own 22 greenhouses using only compost and no fertilizer or pesticides.

Sale-goers are encouraged to bring their own cart or wagon. For more information and a plant list, visit scoe.org/jailindustries or call Rick Stern at 525-8310. The nursery and demonstration gardens are at 2254 Ordinance Road, Santa Rosa.

SANTA ROSA: SRJC offers 2-day course on Wright

He has been declared "the greatest American architect of all time" by the American Institute of Architects.

But Frank Lloyd Wright, who died 54 years ago, was also a fascinating character study, a genius rooted not just in a commitment to aesthetics or good design, but also based on deep philosophical principles.

"His radical and dramatic life changed our society and our architecture," says Mark Perry, an architect and architectural historian who will teach a two-day course on "Frank Lloyd Wright: Man Myth and Architecture," Sept. 25 and 26 at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The community education class will be held two evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 in Room 4245 of the Frank P. Doyle Library on campus. Registration is through SRJC's Community Education. For information email mark@ideastudios.com.

SANTA ROSA: Add bulbs to your container gardens

Lear how to dress up your planting containers with bulbs during a lecture Sept. 11 at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens.

Susan Hatch, a manager at Santa Rosa's King's Nursery, will give tips on what type of plants and bulbs work well together in containers. She will also cover soil and fertilizers. The talk is from 7 to 8 p.m. in The Carriage House. Cost is $10. To reserve a spot visit lutherburbank.org or call 524-5445. The Burbank home is at the corner of Sonoma and Santa Rosa avenues.

SANTA ROSA: Redwood Stitchers show off handiwork

The Redwood Stitchers host their fourth annual open house Sept. 11 featuring an exhibit of members' needlework.

Featured will be everything from beading, bargello and cross-stitch to needlepoint, Hardanger, huck embroidery and temari. Visitors can also view examples of the club's community outreach projects, which range from hand-stitched bookmarks for local schools to colorful pillowcases for the YWCA Safe House.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa.

The Redwood Stitchers is a chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America. For information call 544-8016 or bobandrose1@yahoo.com.

SANTA ROSA: Willowside School hosts fall plant sales

Bargain plants are up for grabs at the Willowside School fall plant sales on Sept. 7 and 28.

The student-run nursery will have perennials, roses, grasses, Japanese and Trident maples, deodar cedars, redwoods and cypress as well as a multitude of succulents, bonsai crabapple, Chinese quince and elm trees. Pack home a 3- to 6-foot red/yellow magnolia for $25 to $40.

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Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days at 5299 Hall Road at Willowside in west Santa Rosa. For information call 569-4724.

SONOMA COUNTY: Master Gardeners offer free fall workshops

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners are starting up a new series of free lectures and workshops for the fall planting season. All are held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at locations around Sonoma County. For more information call 565-2608 or visit sonomamastergardeners.org. Here are some scheduled for Sept. 7:

CLOVERDALE — Drought-Tolerant Design: Once you remove your lawn, what do you do with the space? Sandy Metzger will review design principles such as unity, balance, order, rhythm and scale that are components of good landscape design. Her PowerPoint presentation includes a gallery of redesigned front yards. Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd.

PETALUMA — The Autumn and Winter Kitchen Garden: Master Gardener Steve Albert will cover the essentials of growing cool weather greens and root vegetables as well as seed starting and transplanting. Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive.

SANTA ROSA — How to Grow Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries and Strawberries: Sun-sweetened berries of all kinds, still warm from the garden, can be a most enjoyable crop to the avid gardener. Master Gardener Gwen Kilchherr will teach how to grow these fruits and enjoy their bounties from spring until first frost, with just a few rows of plants. Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd.

SONOMA: Organic grower shares garden tips

Certified organic grower Andrea Davis-Cetina will lay out the basics for starting a winter garden during a talk Thursday evening before the Valley of the Moon Garden Club.

The owner of Quarter Acre Farm in Sonoma, Davis-Cetina will talk about planning a garden, proper tools, how to utilize space, how to quickly create a bed, selecting vegetables to plant, maintaining your garden and harvesting.

Davis-Cetina has a degree in sustainable agriculture from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., focusing on local food systems.

She started Quarter Acre Farm in 2008 using no pesticides, herbicides or petroleum-based products. The farm has since grown to three-quarters of an acre, producing primarily heirloom vegetables. She also hosts the weekly radio show "Sustainable Growing with Quarter Acre Farm," which airs Fridays on KSVY 91.3 FM from 2 to 3 p.m.

The 7 p.m. talk is free and open to the public. Garden club meetings include refreshments and prizes at the Sonoma Community Center, Room 110, 276 1st St. E., Sonoma. For more information, call 935-9539.

HEALDSBURG: Learn secrets of growing great irises

The Russian River Rose Co. is offering demonstrations for planting and grooming irises for a fabulous spring show Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Demos will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Prizes of newly dug irises will be offered. The nursery features some 100 varieties, including repeat bloomers. A $2 donation is requested. 433-7455 or russian-river-rose.com.

OCCIDENTAL: Perennials the star at seasonal nursery

The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center's nursery featuring strictly perennials opens for the autumn on Sept. 7.

Shoppers can pick up certified organic plants and starts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 3. 15290 Coleman Valley Road. Oaec.org or 874-1557.

SONOMA VALLEY: Trio of lush gardens open for fall tour

Three lavish gardens in the Sonoma Valley will be open to visitors as part of a Fall Garden Tour Sept. 12 benefitting Quarryhill Botanical Garden.

Ticket-holders will be ferried by van to all three gardens, two designed by Sonoma designer Paul Rozanski and a third designed by Marta Fry Landscape Architects of San Francisco.

One garden features a balance of stately courtyards, lavender borders, ornamental grasses and a rose garden, all overlooking an infinity pool.

A second garden designed by Rozanski offers surprises at every turn, from a heritage oak to numerous Japanese maples, an enclosed evergreen secret garden and an exuberant hydrangea garden. Stone walls and walkways meander through the property, ending at patios, a pool house and flower borders edging a vineyard.

The final stop is the Murray Vineyard with a sophisticated garden that complements and contrasts with the strong geometry of the land and adjoining house.

Tours leave at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost is $145. To reserve a spot call 996-3166 or visit quarryhillbg.org.

You can direct Home & Garden news to meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com or 521-5204.

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