Broken china makes superb mosaics.
Sueann Bettison Sher will show people how to make mosaics Feb. 12 at the Petaluma Garden Club. Bettison Sher crafts her work from broken pieces of china, creating a contemporary aesthetic with Old World charm. She does custom work out of her Petaluma studio. The free meeting is open to the public and includes coffee and snacks. 9:30 a.m., Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. South.
Nontoxic gardening, anyone?
This free workshop Feb. 10 offers a 45-minute presentation that covers garden practices that are known to prevent pest problems with less-toxic chemicals. There will be demonstrations and displays on drip irrigation, composts and beneficial insects. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd.
Does your native oak need to be revived?
In her free talk Feb. 10, April Lynch will share tips on tending native oaks. The master gardener will teach people about these trees and how to best care for them. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave.
Are your weeds unmanageable?
DJ DeProspero will cover garden management in her free talk Feb. 10 to help people keep their yards weed-free. The talk –– Healthy Gardens Approach to Weed Management –– will appeal to those looking for toxic-free options. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Rohnert Park Cotati Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way.
Sonoma County seed swap
Why buy seed when you can share and swap with your neighbors?
Stock up for spring planting at the Sonoma County Seed Swap at a free exchange Feb. 13 at the Sebastopol Grange.
You don’t have to bring seed to participate. There will be plenty for all. But if you do have seed that you have saved, excess commercial seed or plants, bring them to the Sebastopol Grange from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Label your seed variety with the date and details on how it was saved. Seed experts will be on hand to answer questions. The California Rare Fruit Growers also be there with scions to give away or exchange and to share information on grafting and budding.
The event is put on by the Community Seed Exchange, The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, The Sebastopol Grange and Daily Acts. Communityseedexchange.org.
When in Wine Country ... plant a backyard vineyard.
Diane Kenworthy, in her free workshop Feb. 10, will help you learn how to grow grapes on your property. A professional grape grower for nearly four decades, Kenworthy will talk about the virtues of growing table and wine grapes. She has been a master gardener since 2011. She is co-leader of the group’s team of Integrated Pest Management Specialists. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1717 Yulupa Ave.
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