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SANTA ROSA: Advice on choosing succulents

Learn about the best succulents for Sonoma County and how to keep them happy and looking good year-round during a free workshop Sept. 9.

Master Gardener Anne Lowings, whose own garden is dominated by succulents, will talk about plant selection, care and maintenance, diagnosing problems and propagation. If you have problems with your own plants, bring them to the workshop for a diagnosis. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Harvest for the Hungry Garden, 1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. Sonomamg.ucanr.edu.

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CLOVERDALE: Backyard beekeeping

Have you ever toyed with the idea of getting into backyard beekeeping? A free workshop at the Cloverdale Library Sept. 2 will cover the basics, from buying honey bees to equipment and time investment. 2 p.m. 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. The workshop will be repeated at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Petaluma Library.

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WINDSOR: Prepare garden for fall

The time is ripe for transitioning your summer garden into a fall/winter garden. Learn how during a free workshop Sept. 9 put on by the Sonoma County Master Gardeners. Bring your sun hat, garden gloves and water bottle. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Windsor Town Green Community Garden, Windsor Road and Joe Rodota Way, just off the Windsor Civic Center parking lot in Windsor. sonomamg.ucanr.edu.

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KENWOOD: Create a mini-garden

Wildwood Nursery in Kenwood is giving a free talk Sept. 9 on how to create a mini garden retreat in your own backyard.

Joe Monte, who has been a garden designer for more than 15 years, will discuss the three design elements that are universal to garden retreats of any size and show how to unify those elements, while showing examples from Wildwood’s display gardens. 1-2 p.m. 10300 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. 707-833-1161 or opengate@wildwoodmaples.com.

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HEALDSBURG: Soil workshop

Learn more about the mysteries of soil during a free workshop Sept. 9 at the Healdsburg Regional Library. Called “Soil: Don’t Step on It — It’s Alive,” the workshop is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and put on by the Sonoma County Master Gardeners. 139 Piper St., Healdsburg.

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SANTA ROSA: Rummage giveaway

Unity of Santa Rosa is holding a giant rummage sale, but instead of selling the stuff, they’re giving it away.

The Santa Rosa church has declared Sept. 9 “Circulation Day.” Members are cleaning out closets and garages, and bringing to the event gently used items that anyone can come and take at no charge. Clothing, furniture, household items, arts and crafts, toys, tools, sporting goods, books and other surprises will be laid out for the taking. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4857 Old Redwood Highway, Santa Rosa. 707-542-7729.

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SANTA ROSA: Willowside plant sale

Willowside School is back in session and its nursery back in business. The student-run business offers thousands of plants for sale, from low water and drought-resistant plants to California natives, succulents, grasses, habitat plants and Japanese maples.

The next sale is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9. Prices are a bargain and proceeds benefit the school. The nursery also accepts donations of healthy plants, garden tools, working wagons, ceramic pots and recycled 1 and 5 gallon nursery containers. For those who can’t make it on Saturdays, the nursery welcomes volunteers or shoppers on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 5299 Hall Road, Santa Rosa at the corner of Willowside Road.

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PETALUMA: Build a fairy garden

Children love fairy gardens, which gets them outside to play and fires up their imagination. Master Gardener Susan White will lead a free workshop Sept. 9, “If You Build the Garden, the Fairies Will Come,” for those who want to create their own backyard habitat for the wee-winged folk.

She will show what plants and decorations lend themselves to fairy gardens, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma.

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WINDSOR: Lawn alternatives

Learn the pros and cons of various lawn alternatives during a free workshop Sept. 6 at the Windsor Library. Put on by Daily Acts, the class will offer information on drought tolerant plants and seed mixes that can take foot traffic, create a tidy, open aesthetic and provide habitat. 5:30-7 p.m. 9291 Old Redwood Highway,

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SANTA ROSA: Drip irrigation class

Drip irrigation is not just for limping plants through a drought. Well-timed drip irrigation provides a bountiful food supply with less water. Soils expert Robert Kourik is teaching a community class at Santa Rosa Junior College Sept. 16 on “Drip Irrigation for the Greatest Harvest.” 9 a.m. to noon. $64. Room 1518 Emeritus Hall.

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ROHNERT PARK: Grow your own wine grapes

Love wine but can’t afford your own vineyard? Learn how to grow wine grapes and turn them into your own estate vintage during a free workshop Sept. 9 put on by the Sonoma County Master Gardeners. Dennis Przybycien will talk you through the steps necessary to grow quality wine grapes on your own property. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m. at the Rohnert Park Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park.

Compiled by Meg McConahey. Send 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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