Santa Rosa: Willowside nursery opens
Willowside School re-opens its nursery for the spring season on March 11.
The Middle School nursery is a working nursery with student involvement and sustains itself through plant sales. Gardeners can pick up bargain plants and trees at $4 per gallon container. Look for low-water and drought-tolerant perennials, California natives, a multitude of succulents, grasses, salvias and plants beneficial to insects, butterflies and hummingbirds, as well as more than 15 varieties of Japanese maples. at $25 to $45 per tree. 5299 Hall Road, Santa Rosa. The entrance is on Willowside Road. Information: 707-569-4724
Cloverdale: Native plant workshop
What are the best California native plants for Sonoma County gardens?
Master Gardeners Susan Foley and Mimi Enright will talk about the best natives for this North Bay climate during a free workshop March 11. They will also discuss how to site them in your garden for maximum success. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. sonomamastergardeners.org.
Santa Rosa: Spring garden workshop
Food-growing specialists from the Sonoma County Master Gardener Program will be on hand at the Harvest for the Hungry Garden in Santa Rosa March 11 to lead a free, hands-on workshop on “Soils, Seeds and Sprouts.” The class will offer important information to help you get ready for your spring garden.
It will cover how to provide a sustainable environment for your crops, as well as hands-on activities such as the making of seed tapes and up-potting plant starts. Bring a gardening hat and gloves. Rain or shine. 1717 Yulupa Ave. sonomamastergardeners.org.
Healdsburg: Bee colony tour
Master Gardener Denny Pedersen will lead a virtual tour of a bee colony during a free workshop March 11 at the Healdsburg Library. Pedersen will discuss what it is like to be a beekeeper and what you can do to help these fragile pollinators, such as growing plants attractive to honey bees. 139 Piper St.For more information, visit sonomamastergardeners.org.
Guerneville: Dahlia workshop
Learn how to grow great dahlias for beds, borders and cutting gardens from expert Jim Lang, a master gardener who has grown several thousand dahlias over the past 30 years. Lang, who has exhibited and judged these exuberant blooms for the past 10 years, will lead a free workshop March 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Guerneville library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road. Sonomamastergardeners.org.
Kenwood: Wildwood launches series
Wildwood Nursery in Kenwood is launching a “Second Saturday” series from spring through fall.
The kick-off March 11 will be a Japanese maple pruning demonstration by Joseph Monte, who has 15 years experience growing maples at the nursery and working as a professional tree-shaper throughout the Bay Area. The class will cover the basics as well as insider tips.
There will also be special spring prices on some plants and raffle prizes.
Admission is free. 1-4 p.m. 10300 Sonoma Highway 12., Kenwood. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-833-1161.
Sonoma: Worm compost workshop
Do you want to compost but don’t have the space for a an outdoors pile? Let worms do the work for you.
Master Gardener Jennifer Roberts will lead a workshop March 18 at the Sonoma Valley Library on how to set up a composting worm bin to generate great organic soil broken down by worms. Roberts will cover the basics of setting up a worm box, as well as what to feed the worms and how to care for them. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma. Sonomamastergardeners.org.