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Home & Garden briefs: Succulents, seeds and more

  • 9/27/2009:D1: The variety of plants with which water-wise Santa Rosa homeowners are replacing their lawns include, clockwise from top left: colorful sunflowers on Beaver Street; ornamental grasses in the Burbank Gardens neighborhood; kale in a vegetable garden in the Burbank area; succulents near the Burbank Gardens; and tall grasses and various low-lying plantings in the Grace Tract.

    PC: A variety of options that take the place of lawn include succulents.


Expert tips on growing trendy succulents: Succulents are versatile additions to any part of the garden, from stone walls and between patio pavers to rock gardens and even rooftops.

Aaron Ryan, a succulent propagation specialist who works for Cottage Gardens of Petaluma, will talk about these trendy plants during the Nov. 7 meeting of the Valley of the Moon Garden Club.

Ryan will share tips for using succulents in garden beds and artful containers, mixing them with plants like salvias to add texture, shape and design. He also will talk about how to care for them and grow them.

These fleshy-leaved plants thrive in the simplest of pots, and their distinctive shapes and colors provide endless opportunities for creativity.

His presentation will include a hands-on planting demonstration as well as ways to use them for holiday tables and gifts.

The free talk, open to nonmembers, begins at 7 p.m. in Room 110 of the Sonoma Community Center. Refreshments are included. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

For information, call 935-5939.


Advice on olive harvest: Make the best of your olive harvest, whether you have one tree or an orchard, using tips from Don Landis, the olive man. Landis will give a comprehensive talk Sunday, beginning with the history of the olive and focusing on tips for how to debitter this winter fruit to make it edible without lye.

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