Plant sales return
The Willowside School nursery is back in business for the fall, with its first Saturday plant sale slated for Sept. 8. The nursery, which supports the school, will have drought tolerant perennials, California natives, many succulents, grasses, salvias, abutilons and plants that attract beneficial birds and insects. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine. 5299 Hall Road at Willowside Road, Santa Rosa. Contact Jan Loch at for more information or to get on a mailing list for upcoming shows.
Tour a honey bee colony
Master gardener Denny Pedersen will give a free talk Sept. 1 on what you can do to help fragile pollinators. He will suggest what plants to grow for bees in Sonoma County, especially during drought conditions. The master gardener also will take you on a tour of the life in a honey bee colony. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper St., sonomamg.ucanr.edu. 707-565-2608.
Need help taming your weeds?
Weeds are often unwieldy, trampling the other plants and flowers in a garden. But there is a way to dispose of these unkempt trespassers without chemicals and a master gardener will explain how at a free talk Sept. 1. Delaying weed control can lead to more problems with stems spreading, seeds germinating and tap roots sinking deeper. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., sonomamg.ucanr.edu, 707-565-2608
Cross stitch, anyone?
The Redwood Stitchers welcome fellow enthusiasts to come to its ninth annual open house Sept. 12 at the Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center. There will be an exhibit of a wide range of members’ needlework, featuring cross stitch, needlepoint and embroidery. Admission is free and complimentary refreshments will be served. At 1 p.m. Kathleen Johnson will teach a free class in beginning cross stitch. Guests will learn how to begin and end threads, read diagrams and work two basic stitches as they create a bookmark with a Halloween design. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-544-8016, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall plant sale
One of Sonoma County’s many great nurseries is at a surprising place. Inmates at the North County Detention facility run it, propagating, planting and tending all types of plants on five acres near Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.
The Jail Industries holds plant sales in both spring and fall. The first autumn sale is Sept. 6 and will feature California natives, succulents and Sonoma Superstars, plants selected by the Sonoma County Master Gardeners as the best for growing in this area. Also look for trees and many one gallon container plants ready for fall planting.
Prices range from $2.75 for a gallon container to $27.75 for a 15 gallon container.
Hours are from 9 a.m. to noon. The next sale will be on Oct. 6. 2254 Ordinance Road at Airport Boulevard.
Butterfly garden in bloom
It’s Monarch season and the Russian River Rose Company is hosting special presentations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sept. 8 and 9. Experts will teach you how to attract butterflies, birds and bees to your garden. The talks will be free but a $2 donation is appreciated. Information will be available from the Sonoma County Beekeeper’s Association, the Halberg Butterfly Garden, Madrone Audubon Society, and the Hummingbird Wall “How To” Lessons. The garden and nursery are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Russian River Rose Co., 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg, russian-river-rose.com, 707-433-7455.