Earth to table -- literally.
Sierra Vasquez at Homestead Design Collective will teach people how to make a garden salad from scratch on March 9. She’ll dive into soil preparation, growing greens, plant placement and fertilization. Vasquez will also share her favorite seasonal varieties of classic and unusual greens and recipes to put them to use in inventive ways. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the Edible Garden at the Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake.
Landscaping for dual calamities — drought and floods
Daily Acts, a Petaluma organization that supports sustainable agriculture, is teaming up with local rainwater expert, Sebastian Bertsch of Permaculture Artisans, to present “Designing Landscapes for Drought and Floods” Feb. 24. The free talk will cover effective solutions that can be used to recharge groundwater and prevent flooding and runoff such as rainwater cisterns, swales and rain gardens. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Windsor Senior Center, 9231 Foxwood Dr.
Bouquets of flowers and foliage
Sue Lovelace will give a free presentation Feb. 26 at the Santa Rosa Garden Club on flower arrangement. The Master Gardener will emphasize designs that play up both flowers and foliage. She will discuss preparations, materials and design elements as she creates her arrangements. Lovelace has been instrumental in training new Master Gardeners and the club’s membership awarded her Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for Sonoma County. 1 p.m., Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa.
Plant sales with green thumb appeal
Willowside Nursery School will have a multitude of plants for sale on these Saturdays: March 3, March 24, April 14, May 5, May 26 and June 16. They will include a variety of low water and drought tolerant perennials, California natives, 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.
Wanna save on vets’ bills? Develop equine friendly environments
Alayne Blickle, a life-long equestrian, will present a workshop March 3 to increase the functionality of your property. Smart management will improve horses’ mental and physical health, while fighting climate change and stormwater pollution. The workshop is $60. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sienna Mountain Ranch.
SONOMA & HEALDSBURG
Frustrated by your tangle of weeds?
DJ DeProspero presents her talk “A Healthy Gardens Approach to Managing Weeds” March 1 at the Valley of the Moon Garden Club meeting. The master gardener will share the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach, a way of dealing with garden pests that considers the whole ecosystem. The talk will cover the principles and how to apply them to your garden, whether you’re growing vegetables, fruits, or landscape plants. Members are free and guests are $5 at the door. 7 p.m., Sonoma Veterans Building, 126 First St. West. DeProspero also giving the same talk in Healdsburg March 3; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper St.
Limited space? Consider straw bale gardening.
Marybeth Hull will give a talk March 3 on straw bale gardening, an alternative for new or disabled gardeners. The Master Gardener will cover the basics of this gardening system, as well as its pros and cons in Sonoma County. Straw bale gardening circumvents the expense of constructing raised beds, and offers an option for those with limited space and poor or no soil. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd.