Prepare garden for fall, winter months
The time is ripe for transitioning your summer garden into a fall/winter garden.
Learn how during a free workshop Saturday, Sept. 9, being 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.
A Santa Rosa church is throwing the ultimate rummage sale with a twist — everything is free.
From 10 a.m. to 3 pm. Saturday, Sept. 9. Stop by Unity of Santa Rosa and take whatever strikes your fancy.
Church members are calling it “Circulation Day,” a chance to just give away what they don’t need to someone who may want it or need it. Look for furniture, household items, art, crafts, decorative items, appliances, sporting goods, books and other surprises, all laid out for the taking. Look for the sandwich board sign and banner. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4857 Old Redwood Highway, Santa Rosa. 707-542-7729.
Fall plant sale
The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is holding a big fall plant sale Sept. 16-24. This is a chance to stock up on plants for winter and early spring bloom, or to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens was recently named the fifth-best public botanical garden in the United States. 707-964-4352, ext. 16. 18220 N. Highway 1, Fort Bragg.
Expert insight on luring wildlife, beneficial bugs
The Russian River Rose Co. is sponsoring a free event, “Beckoning Butterflies, Birds, Bees to Your Garden on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and 10.
A number of experts from different organizations will be on hand with information on providing habitat for pollinators, including the Sonoma County Beekeepers’ Association, the Sonoma County Master Gardeners and more. $2 donation requested. 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg. 707-433-7455 or russian-river-rose.com.
Advice on choosing and caring for succulents
Learn about the best succulents for Sonoma County and how to keep them happy and looking good year-round during a free workshop Saturday, 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.
Learn the basics on backyard beekeeping
Have you ever toyed with the idea of getting into backyard beekeeping? A free workshop at the Petaluma Library at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 will cover the basics, from buying honeybees to equipment and time investment. 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma.
Stroll through garden, chat about plants
Digging Dog Nursery is leading a free “Stroll and Plant Chats” through their lavish display gardens, which have been featured in many magazines, on Sept. 16.