Home and garden events, workshops around Sonoma County

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SANTA ROSA: Glean some advice on how to prune your roses

January is the time to get out your pruning shears and The Redwood Empire Rose Society wants to help.

The group of local rosarians is offering two free pruning demonstrations Jan. 2 and 9.

Experts will present a short lecture and then lead a hands-on pruning demonstration in the society’s rose garden at the Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., in Santa Rosa.

The hours of the free workshop are from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants are encouraged to bring their own pruning shears. Warm refreshments will be offered.

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FORT BRAGG: Mushroom walk, workshop

There is still one more chance to dive into the world of mushrooms at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

On Monday, the “gardens by the sea” will present an identification walk focusing on mushroom lore with local fungi expert Mario Abreu. The walk begins at 1 p.m. and is free with admission.

The gardens also will hold a mushroom identification workshop for beginners today, also led by Abreu. The class will cover everything from the role of fungi in ecology to the all-important question of whether you should be worried or happy when they sprout in your yard. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by a field walk from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $20.

For more information or to reserve a space, call 964-4352, ext. 16. The gardens are located at 18220 N. Highway 1, just south of Fort Bragg.

Compiled by Meg McConahey. Direct Home and Garden news to meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com or by calling 521-5204. Please submit items three weeks in advance of an event. On Twitter @megmcconahey.

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