The Sonoma County Master Gardeners are holding a series of free lectures and workshops for the fall planting season. All are held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 565-2608 or visit

Today, 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.

Today, 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.

Today, Santa Rosa: How to Grow Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries and Strawberries: 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.

Sept. 14, Sonoma Valley: Fall in the Garden: Pauline Haro will discuss the time to plant fall vegetables, fall color and most California natives as well as go over the nuts and bolts of tool maintenance. Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa St.

Sept. 14, Windsor: Bee Smart: An introduction to Native Bees and Raising Mason Bees: Learn how to make your landscape a magnet for native bees with Master Gardener Janet Calhoon. Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building. 100.

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