SANTA ROSA: Learn mushroom secrets
Learn all about Northern California mushrooms — where to find them and how to cook with them — during the next meeting of the California Native Plant Society.
Rachel Zierdt, a member of the board of the Sonoma County Mycological Society, will talk about edible spores. She became interested while touring a garden where mushroom spores had been inoculated in straw, producing young mushrooms.
The free talk will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAUSALITO: Heath Ceramics holds sale, open house
Heath Ceramics, one of the oldest continuing potteries in California, is holding its annual showroom and factory open house and sale.
From Friday through Nov. 27, Heath will offer 20 percent discounts on showroom merchandise; Friday through Nov. 25 it will also offer factory tours, hands-on studio experiences and other activities. Hours will be: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 23, 25, 26 and 27, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 24.
The original Heath factory is located at 400 Gate 5 Road in Sausalito. Heath also has a studio at 2900 18th St., San Francisco. For more information and details, visit heathceramics.com.
SONOMA COUNTY: Master gardeners' free workshops continue
The Sonoma County Master Gardeners have a series of free fall workshops at libraries in Rohnert Park, Windsor and Santa Rosa. All the classes are held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information call 565-2608 or visit sonomamastergardeners.org. Coming up:
Santa Rosa: Hydrangeas — Carlyss Van Ness shares her passion for hydrangeas in a talk covering water-saving techniques, fertilization, pruning, propagating and drying blooms. Rincon Valley Library, 6958 Montecito Blvd.
Windsor: Supermarket Orchids — Ann Chambers shows you how to save those inexpensive orchids you buy at Trader Joe's and Safeway, first keeping them alive and then bringing them back to bloom. The workshop is hands-on and participants are urged to bring their orchids. Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Highway.
Rohnert Park: Pruning Fruit Trees — Give a good nip and tuck treatment to your fruit trees for a better crop and more beautiful tree. Denny Pedersen gives step-by-step instructions, from the best tools to use and the best time to prune, to shaping and making the best cuts. Rohnert Park Regional Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way.
Sebastopol: Rose Care and Culture — Prize-winning rosarian and past president of the Redwood Empire Rose Society Jim Lange discusses how to grown healthy roses, including when and how to plant, prepare the soil, water and fertilize. He will cover many varieties of roses, as well as how to deal with pests. Sebastopol Library, 7140 Bodega Ave.
Sonoma: Edible Landscaping and Holiday Decor — Sue Lovelace will demonstrate step-by-step time saving techniques for assembling the right amount of flower and greens for indoor arrangements or containers. Many of the greens can be taken from your own garden. Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St.
SANTA ROSA: Quarryhill founder to share his adventures
William A. McNamara, who created Quarryhill Botanical Garden from cuttings he collected himself in the wilds of Asia, will talk about his work and his adventures in a talk before the Santa Rosa Garden Club on Nov. 25.