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ROSS: Making a bee-friendly garden

There are 1,600 species of native bees in California and these important pollinators need sustenance to survive. Garden designer and Press Democrat columnist Kate Frey will talk about how to make your home more hospitable to bees during a reception and book signing Tuesday, Feb. 7, at The Marin Art & Garden Center. Frey is the author of “The Bee Friendly Garden.” She won two gold medals at the Chelsea Flower show in London and has designed such notable gardens as the landscape at Lynmar Estate in Sebastopol and The Melissa Bee Garden near Healdsburg. 6 p.m. $20. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 415-455-5260.

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WINDSOR: Get help learning to prune trees

Proper pruning can make all the difference in the amount and quality of fruit you produce from your trees. Master Gardener Denny Pedersen will lead a free class Feb. 4 on how to maintain your backyard orchard.

He will talk about tools and how to use them, shaping, pruning and what cuts to make, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Windsor Library, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 100. Sonomamastergardeners.org.

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GUERNEVILLE: Learn about growing succulents

Succulents are tough and versatile plants than can add year-round interest in the garden with very little maintenance and water.

Learn about these amazing plants from an expert whose landscape is filled with them. Anne Lowings, who designed and planted her own Sebastopol garden filled with succulents, will talk about her favorite plants during a free workshop Feb. 11 at the Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road, from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m.

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SANTA ROSA: Hands-on tree-pruning workshop

The best way to learn is hands-on. That’s why the Sonoma County Master Gardeners are holding a free winter fruit tree-pruning workshop in the garden on Feb. 4.

A team of food gardening specialists will demonstrate the best techniques while working on trees at the Stony Point Community Garden, 2150 Giffen Ave.

Participants should bring garden gloves, rain gear if needed and clean, sharp pruning shears or loppers, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sonomamastergardeners.org.

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HEALDSBURG: Taking care of roses

What you do to your roses now will affect your bloom later on. Mary Frost, “The Gardening Tutor,” will give a free seminar on caring for roses on Feb. 4 at Prickett’s Nursery, 12950 Old Redwood Highway.

Frost will talk about proper fertilization, dormant spraying to prevent disease and pruning. Participants should bring their own pruners to perfect their cuts. More information at 707-433-8904.

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SANTA ROSA: Plan a spring kitchen garden

Master Gardener Steve Albert will cover the basics of planning a spring kitchen garden during a free workshop Feb. 4 at the Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa. Albert will talk about seed planting, and transplanting runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sonomamastergardeners.org.

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HEALDSBURG: Expert advice on trapping gophers

Moles and gophers can lay waste to your garden if you don’t fight back. Learn how from Master Gardener Jim Lang. He will give a free talk on trapping these pest on Feb. 4 at the Healdsburg Library, 139 Piper St., 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sonomamastergardeners.org.

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SEBASTOPOL: Workshop on Mason Bees

Mason bees can help keep your garden healthy. Learn how to make your landscape a magnet for these native pollinators during a free workshop Feb. 4 at the Sebastopol Library, 7140 Bodega Ave. Master Gardener Janet Calhoon will show the link between bees and a healthy garden and demonstrate how to create and care for native bee houses. Sonomamastergardeners.org.

Compiled by Meg McConahey. Direct Home and Garden news to meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com or call 707-521-5204. Please submit items at least three weeks in advance of an event.

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