Wanted: community input
Daily Acts, the Sonoma County Water Agency and the City of Santa Rosa will be hosting two community input sessions March 28 and April 5 to help fire victims with garden templates. The goal is to speed up the re-entry to their homes. The meetings will delve into the development of free, permit ready landscape templates to help fire victims with reentry to their homes. These sessions will look at what’s possible in creating resilient landscapes and green infrastructure. The community leaders will review different plans for landscape aesthetics and features, and they consider community feedback essential to make sure the templates will be useful. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Ave. For more information, sign up for the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership’s e-newsletter at Http://www.savingwaterpartnership.org/e-news/
Nature’s way –– the habitat garden
Bill Klausing will teach the home gardener how to create an environmentally sound landscape April 7. Klausing will show how gardeners’ decision-making has a significant effect on the web of living things in their own backyard. The master gardener will teach helpful tips for attracting more native birds, bees and insects to gardens. He also will also highlight many plants native to Sonoma County and how they are useful in a habitat garden. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper Street.
Mary Frost will give a hands-on gardening presentation March 26 growing plants in containers. The sole proprietor of the Gardening Tutor, Frost will teach you how to avoid the pitfalls of container gardening to keep your plants happy. The talk will be followed by a short slide presentation of plant combinations and design ideas. Frost is a past president and scholarship recipient of the Santa Rosa Garden Club. 1 p.m., Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green gardening at its best
The Petaluma Regional Library is creating a water-wise, edible learning landscape and people are invited to further the cause on March 24 with hands-on planting. They will learn about water-wise plants that offer food, beauty and habitat. To prepare for this day, more than 100 volunteers sheet mulched the lawn last fall and installed rain gardens. The goal of the project is to save more than 100,000 gallons of potable water per year and capture thousands of gallons of rainwater before it becomes polluted stormwater. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the rain date is March 31 at the same time, 100 Fairgrounds Drive..
Orchids on the mend
Ann Chambers’ hands-on workshop on March 24 will help you keep your supermarket bought orchids alive and well. The master gardener wants you to bring your orchids to her free class to revitalize them so they’ll bloom for many years. 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road.
Plant sales for diverse gardens
Willowside Nursery School will offer a range of plants for sale on these Saturdays: March 24, April 14, May 5, May 26 and June 16. They will include plants that runs the gamut —-- from low water-tolerant and drought-tolerant perennials, to California natives to succulents, grasses, salvias and other plants that attract beneficial insects, buttterflies and hummingbirds. The price is $4 for one-gallon containers. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5299 Hall Road at Willowside Road.