Services

Aaction Rents

10510 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor
707-838-4373
257 Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa
707-521-3600
1000 River Rd, Fulton
707-544-0501
1430 Grove St, Healdsburg
707-431-3544
28 Union Way, Vacaville
707-359-2575
1400 Hastings Rd. Ukiah
707-472-0500
Open Weekdays 7-5
Sat 8-4p, Sun 9-4
www.aactionrents.com
Local family owned rental equipment provider renting and selling hundreds of different types of equipment, from tractors to hand tools.

All Green Landscape Maintenance

707-894-5267
cloverparadise@sbcglobal.net
A family-owned company serving Sonoma County since 1994.
All-Green offers full yard maintenance, clean-ups, pruning, aeration and irrigation repairs. Our satisfied customers enjoy our excellent staff and environmentally friendly services. We use minimal gasoline, minimize the use of water, no round up, and use organic lawn fertilizers. Free Estimates.

Allen Land Design

Santa Rosa
707-526-3177
www.allenlanddesign.com
Healthy and vibrant landscapes inspire healthy and vibrant lifestyles. Our philosophy of enhancing the lives of present and future generations through our work is grounded in the concepts of sustainability. 

Anchordoguy Landscaping

707-546-8500
www.anchordoguylandscaping.com
anchordoguylandscaping@gmail.com
A “design/build” landscape contracting company, installing projects from intimate pocket gardens to sweeping country estates. Unique gardens designed to thrive in hot sun to cool shade throughout Sonoma County.

Arborists That Climb

3995 Jenssen Ln, Santa Rosa
707-526-1104
Certified arborist on every job site. Tree risk assessment. Test for decay with a Resistograph. Pruning, removal, aerial inspection. CA Contractor’s Lic#855249  Bonded & Insured. Western Arborist Certification #WE-0943A

Atlas Tree Surgery, Inc.

1544 Ludwig Ave, Santa Rosa
707-523-4399
www.atlas-tree.com 
Our professional crews are capable of handling anything from clearing brush in your vineyard, to emergency removal of downed trees, to stump removal on your ranch. Whether its for home or business we have the equipment and personnel to get the job done right and on time.

Attune Landscapes

Sebastopol
707-823-7355
www.attunelandscapes.com
Landscaping, ponds & waterfall installation, maintenance. We strive to create gardens that are functional and stimulating to the senses.

Baumgratz Garden Design

P.O. Box 1, Healdsburg
707-799-9118
Margaret Baumgratz
margbaum@yahoo.com
www.baumgratzgardendesign.com
Gardens that bring enduring joy as the seasons unfold and create beauty in harmony with nature. I believe in working closely and collaboratively with you to create the garden of your dreams. Specializing in creating beautiful gardens that convey the client’s personal aesthetic while including drought tolerant, low maintenance, seasonally interesting plants.

Beekind Honey & Beekeeping

Beekeeping Classes & Supplies
921 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol
707-824-2905
Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 10-4
www.beekind.com
Come visit our amazing Tasting Bar
If you are looking for a great gift, come see us.
Honey, Candles, Soap, Lotions, Gifts, Bees & Supplies

Bohan & Canelis General Engineering

707-632-5708
www.bcgeinc.com
Site Preparations, Excavating & Grading, Septic System Installations, Driveways & Building pads, Discing & Mowing of roadsides, levees, dams, slopes & large acreages. Materials & Equipment Transportation. (Debris Boxes in various sizes available) Lic. # 829905

Cal Fire – Sonoma, Lake, Napa

135 Ridgeway Ave., Santa Rosa
707-576-2275
fire.ca.gov/fire_prevention/fhsz_maps_sonoma
Contact your local CAL FIRE Station for questions on defensible space.  Also, visit the CAL FIRE website:  www.fire.ca.gov and “The Ready for Wildfire” website www.readyforwildfire.org. for wildland fire tips.  Both websites offer information regarding what to do before, during, and after a wildland fire such as if you are requested to evacuate your residence, how to develop an evacuation plan, and be prepared to get out of harm’s way.

California Human Development – Day Labor

• 405 Grove St, Healdsburg
(707) 433-6652
Mon– Sat 7am to 12pm
• 2nd Street, Fulton
(one block west of downtown)
707.328.9793
Mon – Fri, 7am to 12pm
http://californiahumandevelopment.org
Fair pay for a fair day’s work: It’s a simple motto to live by and one that California Human Development (CHD) is striving to ensure with its Day Labor Centers located in Healdsburg, Fulton, and St. Helena. These centers provide laborers a safe place to negotiate a fair wage and give contractors and residents a one-stop shop for the help they need.

Centro Laboral de Graton (Graton Day Labor Center)

Work with dignity and respect!
2981 Bowen St, Graton
707-829-1864
Hiring Hours
Mon-Sat. 6:30-11 am,  Sun. 8-12
www.gratondaylabor.org
Dependable, hard-working men and women workers are available seven days a week to meet all your labor needs! Yard clean-up, pruning, planting, digging, hauling, housecleaning, carpentry, painting, help with events and more. Stop by the center to hire. You may also call or email us in advance at hireworkers@gratondaylabor.org.

Clear View Tree Care

Guerneville
707-544-3944 or 707-486-5895
www.clearviewtreecare.com
treecare@comcast.net
We have an expert team of tree service professionals that has the technical knowledge and equipment necessary to safely remove or prune any tree. 

Creative Environments

1550 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol
707 827-7980
www.creativeenvironments.biz
A full-service landscape firm widely recognized for innovative design and quality installations at reasonable prices. Water features, outdoor kitchens, erosion control to garden enhancements.

Daily Acts

P.O. Box 293, Petaluma
707-789-9664
www.dailyacts.org
Check website for complete listing of community projects and opportunities to volunteer. Free classes include greywater, rainwater catchment, and lawn-to-lunch transformations. Also available for garden design consultations at your home, with a focus on edible, habitat providing, and water-wise plants.

David Beazlie, BSLA

707 887-7042
jbeazlie@yahoo.com
www.beazliedesigns.com
David Beazlie designs gardens that match the clients’ taste, interests, needs, and budget. His garden designs restore soil to health, sustain birds and butterflies and provide humans with climate resilient, beautiful edible landscapes. He creates water-conserving gardens of California native plants.

DeLopez Landscaping

707-529-7962
www.DeLopezLandscaping.com

Design, construction and maintenance services for commercial, residential, and estate properties.  We serve  Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties. Licensed, insured, and bonded

Divine Inspiration Publications

PO Box 2503
Guerneville, CA 95446
707-869-3974
www.gardeningbythemoon.com
Gardening by the Moon Planting Guide
A lunar planting guide with garden activities based on the cycles of the moon, in an easy to read calendar format. Available at many nurseries, or purchase on my web site for $14.95 plus shipping. Divine Inspiration Publications is a local publisher for 17 years, and also offers lunar planting information in the Moon Planting Matrix software.

DK Landscapes

7425 Mitchell Drive, Rohnert Park
707-217-6508
www.DKLandscaping.com
We are experts at maintenance management, cleanup, and irrigation management.

Earthworks Landscaping

Cloverdale
707-894-4311
Earthworkslandscaping.org
Reliable professionals, dedicated to designing and building landscapes that are as efficient as the are beautiful. license #921247

Eco-Management, Inc

PO Box 660, Petaluma 94953
707-769-1213
www.eco-management.com
An environmental restoration Consulting firm specializing in the management and enhancement of California native plant and wildlife communities.

Edmond Joseph Landscape

707-938-1727
Specializing in fire-safe landscapes, drought tolerant gardens, edible landscapes, and irrigation systems designed to support gardens in drought conditions.

Empire Tree Experts

Serving West Sonoma County
707-387-0435
www.empiretreeexperts.net
Our technicians are licensed and certified to perform tree removal, tree trimming and crown reduction jobs. Arborists services. Free estimates – 24 hour emergency service.

Equinox Landscape

1435 Technology Lane, Ste. B11, Petaluma
707-789-9786 or 415-456-6480
www.equinox-landscape.com
Leading edge permaculture design, responsible, quality installations, and organic, soil-based maintenance.

Ethnobotany Library- Botanical Dimensions

3830 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental
707-874-1531
www.botanicaldimensions.org
Open Tues & Thurs 11-4 & first Tuesday of each month 5-7pm
Unique literary collection of over 2000 volumes on the human use of plants. Topics include food, fibers, dyes, art, tools, medicine, ecology and spirituality. Kathleen Harrison, Co-Founder and Program Director, is the main teacher of ethnobotany at our site and is available for consult by appointment. Classes taught year round, see website. 

Fine Tree Care

707-874-5500
www.SonomaTree.com
Our friendly well-trained crews perform both the finest quality tree trimming, and heavy tree service work for residential and commercial interests. Arborists reports for homeowners and a Registered Professional Forester for our timberland owners. Fully licensed and insured for your protection.

Fire Safe Landscaping

The best defense begins with defensible space.

By Eric Janzen of the City of Cloverdale, on behalf of RRWA

Many lessons were learned from the wildfires of 2017. The most important of which is that any fire, with enough fuel and driven by wind can burn through almost anything. It is never possible to protect your property 100% but there are things you can do with your landscaping to provide your family a fighting chance.

The best defense begins with defensible space.

Landscaping within the first 30’ of your home is critical. Planting low growing vegetation (waist high or lower), keeping trees pruned, and using automatic irrigation systems can do a lot to protect your home from wildfires.

What saved this house?

Fire Safe Landscaping - EXAMPLE

Fire Safe Landscaping – EXAMPLE (photo courtesy of CDF)

Get in the Zone.

Zone 1 is what firefighting professionals call the first 30′ from your home. This is the most critical area around your home and your last line of defense. It does not have to be a no-man’s-land. Incorporating hardscape features into your landscaping plan like patios, meandering stone paths and low masonry walls can be used to form fuel breaks near your home. Plants are welcome here but need to be widely spaced in beds or containers and regularly irrigated. Water efficient automatic drip irrigation systems can protect your home by keeping your landscaping green in the dry season.

Maintenance within Zone 1 is key. Keeping the fuel load low is the goal and you can do it yourself for free. Rake up leaves during the Summer and Fall and put them in your green trash can. Avoid using chipped mulch in this zone as it can harbor embers and ignite unexpectedly even after a wildfire has passed by. If you have trees in this zone, always prune the low branches to maintain a gap of several feet between the ground vegetation and the lowest branches. Tree branches that overhang the roof of your home should always be pruned back. Don’t forget to remove the leaves from your roof and gutters in the Summer and Fall. Dried leaves are often the first thing to catch fire.

Properties in more urban neighborhoods can benefit from fire-resistant fences. Using thicker lumber (1-1/2” or more) or incorporating stone, masonry or metal into your fence design can be both an architectural statement and a shield against a fire. Design fire-resistant fences with minimal gaps. Gaps can provide a place for airborne embers to get trapped and smolder. FEMA has published a fact sheet on the design of fire-resistant fences which is available online athttps://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1652-20490-2634/fema_p_737_fs_14.pdf

Regardless of the kind of fence you have, always avoid stacking flammable material like firewood or lumber against it. A good rule of thumb is to never store flammable material like firewood and lumber anywhere in Zone 1. If you like desert flora, consider planting a cactus garden. Succulents are naturally full of water, require little maintenance and naturally resist catching fire.

Beyond Zone 1 is Zone 2

Zone 2 extends another 70′ from your home (for a total of 100′ defensible space). This is where careful pruning, wide plant spacing and mowing dry grass serve to reduce the intensity of the flames before they get to your home. Planting fire-resistant plants like California Fuchsia, sage, and California Redbud not only resist catching fire but are also drought tolerant so less water is needed to keep them green. A useful list of fire‑resistant plants is available online from Fire Safe Marin at http://www.firesafemarin.org/plants/fire-resistant. Maintenance is key in Zone 2 too, if you cannot easily walk through this zone, then it is overgrown and needs to be pruned and/or mowed.

In all zones, avoid planting “fire adapted” plants. These are plants that have adapted themselves to burn periodically and actually encourage wildfires. Plants that drop lots of leaves have flakey bark or resinous stems are considered “fire adapted”. Eucalyptus trees, coyote bush (baccharis) and manzanita trees (manzanita shrubs can be OK if kept low) are examples of the plants you want to keep far from your home. The California Department of Forestry has published some interesting information regarding “fire adapted” ecosystems which is available online athttp://www.calfire.ca.gov/communications/downloads/live_w_fire.pdf.

Not everyone can do everything.Just remember that if all you do is prune your trees, clean your gutters and rake your leaves you have already come a long way to having a defensible space.

The Wildlands.

Those who live next to open undeveloped land get to enjoy some amazing views and a closeness to nature. This wildland-urban interface (WUI) also carries extra responsibility for fire protection. Wildland has few roads, is difficult to access and is rarely managed. Wildland has more vegetation than urban land and in the summer months, it can easily burn. Many plants in our area rely on fire to reproduce and have adapted themselves to occasional wildfires. As our homes and neighborhoods have crept into these natural areas we have exposed ourselves to an environment that is meant to burn. If your home is along the WUI then careful landscape management is critical. Heavy brush, closely growing trees, and low branches can easily catch fire and burn intensely. Even the 100′ defensible space required by State Law might not be enough. If your home borders wildland it is critical that you maintain the land around your home to be fire safe. Prune tree branches that are low to the ground, keep shrubs widely spaced and low (waist high or lower) and mow, mow, mow tall grass as soon as it turns brown.

Flirt with Firefighters.

Firefighters are attracted to defensible space and if you attract enough of them, they might bring their fire truck. When firefighters respond to wildland fires they need defensible areas to set up and fight the fire. If your home has a defensible area and access to water (nearby fire hydrant or a pool) firefighters can use your home as a staging area. For those who live on the WUI, this is the best defense against wildfire for which you can hope. If you have a pool, consider installing a portable pump that firefighters can use. If you have space, include wide driveways and large turnaround spaces in your landscaping design. Many local fire departments offer free fire safety evaluations and will provide guidance on how to make your property firefighter friendly and wildfire-resistant.



More Information:

CalFire – “Wildfire is Coming… Are You Ready”http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Fire-Safe-Landscaping/

CalFire – “Living with Fire” http://www.calfire.ca.gov/communications/downloads/live_w_fire.pdf

Fire Safe Marin – “Fire Resistant Plants”http://www.firesafemarin.org/plants/fire-resistant

FEMA – “Landscape Fences and Walls”https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1652-20490-2634/fema_p_737_fs_14.pdf


This article was authored by Eric Janzen of the City of Cloverdale, on behalf of RRWA. RRWA (www.rrwatershed.org) is an association of local public agencies in the Russian River Watershed that has come together to coordinate regional programs for clean water, habitat restoration, and watershed enhancement.

Fitch Mountain Tree Service

Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-431-8926
24 Hour Emergency 707-529-6551
Sean Williams, Arborist, fitchmtn@sbcglobal.net
fitchmtntreeservice.weebly.com
Locally Owned in Healdsburg since 1990. Our goal is to provide great customer service, safety, and high-quality tree maintenance all year round. All employees have been hand-picked based on their skill, civility, and competence. Complete tree care and removal service. Specializing in tree & stump removal, pruning, storm damage, cable & bracing, lot clearing, view restoration, brush chipping. Lic# 784518

 

Fulwider Outdoor Power Equipment

707-528-0992
www.fulwideroutdoorpowerequipment.com/
Mon-Fri 8:30a – 5:30p
We provide repairs and sharpening for all sorts of tools. Call for free estimates and consultation. We carry a huge selection of repair parts including Briggs & Stratton, Echo, Kohler, Tecumseh, MTD, and many others. You are sure to find what you’re looking for here!

Garden Angel Design & Sacred Ground

707-579-4861
GardenAngelDesign@gmail.com
Garden Angel Design is a woman owned business founded in 1995 by Sherry McGary, building on 20+ years of experience. All services are provided with an emphasis on ecological practices and low water usage. We’ve have been busy creating green garden sanctuaries all over Sonoma County. Specializing in Food Forest gardens and Permaculture homesteads. Services include; Horticultural Consultations, Workshops, Garden Design and Planning.

Garden of Ease

Sebastopol
707-824-0478
www.gardenofease.com
Since 2003, Lynne Bernstein and her team have been creating memorable landscape designs and installations. Specializing in artisan stonework, outdoor kitchens, and low maintenance landscapes, Garden of Ease aims to give their clients outdoor spaces that provide year-round enjoyment. Attention to detail and a strong professional ethic distinguish Garden of Ease. Lynne credits her team, their talent, and dedication for recognition by Houzz as the “Best of Houzz” as well as the receipt of multiple industry awards for excellence.

Gardening by the Moon

gardeningbythemoon.com
707-869-3974
There is always something to do in the garden, and this easy to read planting calendar shows you the best days for planting by the phase and sign of the moon. Each month shows garden activities based on your growing season, and tells you when is the fertile time to plant. By working with the forces of nature you can have a more abundant harvest.

Gardens West

707-576-0525
www.gardenswest.net/
We do it all – from design to installation to maintenance. Growing since 1974

Gardenworks Inc.

20325 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville
707 857-2050 or 707 433-7368
www.gardenworks-inc.com
Specializing in designing, building and enhancing quality landscapes throughout Sonoma and Napa Counties. We strive for nothing but excellence in our landscape services by collaborating with our customers to tailor individual tastes and needs.

Geared for Growing Landscapes

12020 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg
707-473-4333
www.gearedforgrowing.com
We offer the finest in outdoor living. We can design, construct, and maintain your garden. Using the latest in water saving technology, low maintenance and sustainable garden practices, we can design/build landscape features such as stone patios, Outdoor kitchens,  walkways, retaining walls, fire pits, lighting, water features, bocci ball courts and themed plantings. We will add beauty and value to your home. Begin experiencing outdoor living at its finest by contacting us for a free consultation.

Gill Landscape, Inc.

9878 Mill Station Rd.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
707.829.1070
Mng5628@gmail.com
www.gilllandscapeinc.com
Mon-Thur 7a-5:30p   Closed on Fri. 
In the 34 plus years as a premier landscape company, the Gill family has extended our core values of integrity, respect and dedication to every project.

Glyphosate Chemical Used in Herbicides Known to Cause Cancer

http://sonomacountynurseries.com

Last month, in a landmark case a California jury found that Monsanto had failed to warn a janitor of the cancer risks posed by Roundup which contains a high percentage of Glyphosate.

Chemical Exposures Cause Concern but not at the EPA

In the not so distant past, the controversies around what risk different chemicals such glyphosates posed to human health pitted the Federal regulators against the Industry representatives. Now, in this new era, many of the leaders at the Environmental Protection Energy have actually come from the ranks of Chemical Industry lobbyists. Not surprisingly, despite increasing evidence of human toxicity, these regulators seem to be losing interest in limiting human exposure to these potentially dangerous substances.

Glyphosates

As we saw with cigarettes and lung cancer, it is notoriously difficult to causally link chemical exposure with cancer. The studies went on for years, and the Tobacco Industry developed a book of tricks to make any doubts of causation to seem more significant than they turned out to be. Now let’s look at Glyphosate. This chemical used in many herbicides, including the mega-seller Roundup, was developed by Monsanto 40 years ago. Its success stems from its ability to prevent plants from doing photosynthesis.

Glyphosate is a chemical used in many herbicides, including the mega-seller Roundup.In 2015 the World Health Organization declared glyphosate a probable carcinogenCalifornia eventually considered it a “chemical known to cause cancer,” but Federal regulators have been reluctant to classify it as dangerous. Contrarily, a recent NIH study showed no association with Glyphosate and cancer, and they released a draft in December of 2017 saying that it is “most likely not carcinogenic to humans.”

Last month, in a landmark case a California jury found that Monsanto had failed to warn a janitor of the cancer risks posed by Roundup. He developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using the weedkiller as part of his job as a school groundskeeper. Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million and is currently facing over 5000 similar suits. The lawyers claim that they had shown jurors internal company documents “proving that Monsanto has known for decades that glyphosate and specifically Roundup could cause cancer.” Monsanto is expected to appeal the ruling.

While the case of the specific workplace exposure is concerning, this chemical is ubiquitous in our society. A recent New York Times article (8/15/18 NYT) documented a study where traces of glyphosates were found in 31 of 45 samples of Cheerios, Quaker Oats and other breakfast foods. As is evident from all of the controversy, we do not really know what a safe level is.

Schools and Pesticides in Sonoma County

A really good article by Kaun and Warwick in the Press Democrat on 9/2/18 demonstrates:

  • New data from the state shows that many toxic pesticides are being
    used near schools.
  • Vineyards dominate agriculture near schools, most are not organic.
  • The most common herbicide in Sonoma County is glyphosate.
  • Sonoma County has the third-highest childhood cancer rate in
    California (Humboldt, Solano, Napa are all at the top as well).
  • Fortunately, new state regulations prohibit fumigants and sprayed
    pesticides near schools during school hours.

The Latest Tactic of the Trump EPA

Now the Trump administration is trying to restrict the use of a certain type of human study from impacting rule-making. The government has a new proposal, “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” where they challenge the validity of the well-established discipline of epidemiology. In the last 20 years, these types of studies have been the way to shift the investigations that influence policy to human studies and away from animal research. The Minnesota Department of Health has come out to call this new approach of the EPA “…a naked attempt to use a false claim that something nefarious is going on with these studies in an effort to allow industry to challenge conclusions that are not in their favor.”

Conclusions

We are in a particularly challenging time with environmental and climate concerns increasing in prominence, yet the government regulators’ reservations about economic impact of the regulations are leading them to be more aggressive at rolling back protections for human health. Developed at a conference in 1998, the “Precautionary Principle” continues to be a useful guide, and one we would tend to choose to protect our families:

“When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically”

 

Greenman Nursery

2833 Old Gravenstein Hwy, (West of Todd Rd.), Sebastopol
415-710-2562
www.greenmannurseryca.com
cambyset@icloud.com
Open Fri.-Mon. 10am – 5pm (Tue.-Thurs. CALL ahead)
Old-school organically grown fruit trees, berries, grapes, herbs, and vegetable starts including over 50 varieties of hot & sweet pepper plants. Antique roses, succulents, grasses, water plants, natives, shade and flowering trees and many large, unique specimens. Full service landscape nursery offering consultation, design, and installation. Display gardens and growing grounds. Kid and dog-friendly!

Greywater Action- For a Sustainable Water Culture

greywateraction.org
We are a collaborative of educators who teach residents and tradespeople about affordable and simple household water systems that dramatically reduce water use and foster sustainable cultures of water. Through hands-on workshops and presentations, we’ve led thousands of people through greywater system design and construction, and work with policymakers and water districts to develop codes and incentives for greywater, rainwater harvesting, and composting toilets. We believe that decentralized conservation measures can play a critical role in drought resilience, climate adaptation, and the return of healthy stream ecosystems. Our teaching tools include interactive models of composting toilets and greywater systems, presentations, and design and installation workshops.

Greywater Gardens

6720 Madrone Pl. Cotati, CA 94931
(415)298-2442
www.greywatergardens.com
A first step for water conservation and reuse. Specializing in High and low tech greywater irrigation systems, rainwater catchment, high efficiency irrigation, and permaculture landscape design + Build. Reduce landscape water use by 50% utilizing the principles of ecological design.

Greywater is Great Water

by Kellen Watson, Daily Acts

I think we can all agree that we are thankful for advancements in plumbing and sewage treatment since the germ-laden Middle Ages. However, many are recognizing that with our current plumbing systems, we are shorting ourselves on a great garden resource…graywater.

Graywater is the gently used water from your laundry machine, shower/bath, and bathroom sinks. For the last 150 years or so, since the recognition of germs and the advent of common indoor plumbing, graywater has been mixed with and treated the same as blackwater, which is the water from toilets, kitchen sinks, and dishwashing machines. However, these water types are not created equal! Graywater is in fact quite clean, and should be viewed as a valuable resource for irrigation. Not only can this water-reuse method save you money, but it is an excellent way to reconnect urban residents and our backyard gardens to the natural water cycle while increasing the productivity of our plants.

There are two main types of graywater system retrofits: the Laundry-to-Landscape system (coined by the grandfather of the graywater movement, Art Ludwig, of Oasis Designs) and the Showers-to-Flowers or branched drain system. In California, no permit is needed for the Laundry-to-Landscape (L2L) system, and it is a cheap and easy DIY project. Most of the time, L2L systems only cost $100-150 to install. Depending on how often you wash laundry and whether you have a top-or front-loader machine, this system can divert 1,000-10,000 gallons of water to your thirstiest trees, shrubs, and perennials.


How do you know if graywater is right for you?
The ideal homes for graywater will…

 

• Have a laundry machine located just about anywhere, but not:

On a second floor, interior-only wall (the upstairs wall with the machine does not face outside at all)

On a first floor interior-only wall, if there is a slab foundation with no crawlspace

• Have, or plan to have, a perennial landscape (not lawn) that is level with or from your washing machine

• Have approval from the home’s owner, if renting

• Be willing to use soaps that are sodium, boron, and chlorine free (such as Ecos or Oasis)

• Not have concrete completely surrounding the outside area near the wall where the machine is located (ie. if your laundry outlets next to your driveway or patio, and there is not space between that concrete and the house, you would have to remove concrete to get the pipe out to the yard).

To learn more, attend one of Daily Acts’ graywater and garden design workshops this summer! In Petaluma, on June 4th from 6-8pm Daily Acts will be hosting a Water-Wise Habitat Gardening Talk at the Petaluma Library

great opportunity to learn about various habitat providing and pollinator attracting plants that can be supported by graywater. On June 7th from 6-7:30pm, a talk on Graywater for your Garden will be presented at the Windsor Senior Center. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the steps it takes to install a Laundry to Landscape system, and the multitude of benefits that follow. Stay up to date with Daily Acts skill building workshops by visiting dailyacts.org  Take Heart, Take Part, Take Action!

Hart Horticulture

Jamie Hart 
Monte Rio
707-494-9433
harthorticulture.com
A full-service, premiere landscaping company. We have built thousands of different landscapes and projects, each one unique and different.

Heavy Gear Enterprises

PO Box 532, Forestville
707-529-4426
heavygear@comcast.net
Licensed contractor. Skid Steer, Dump truck, Water truck for potable water. We have a broad range of services for gardeners and landscapers.

Hendrix Chainsaw and Garden Equipment

5344 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa
707-566-8190
www.hendrixchainsawandmower.com
We’re happy to help you find either the perfect outdoor power equipment, service or the parts you’ve been looking for. We are family-owned and operated, founded not only on excellent customer service, but also on the principles of hard work and a focused attitude.

Hillside Landscaping and Design

4005 Bodega Ave, Petaluma
707-763-6206
www.landscapingpetaluma.com
A full-service landscaping company specializing in GREEN landscape design, walkways, patios, stonework, concrete, garden walls and more. To assure our customers the highest quality possible, we grow many of our own plants. We’re especially proud of our large selection of well-established trees.
Nursery by appointment only. License #507995 C27 class.

Horticultural Associates

John C. Meserve – Consulting Arborist
13750 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen
707-935-3911
www.horticulturalassociates.com
Problem analysis, hazard evaluation, tree and plant appraisal, expert witness, 30 years experience

iGROW SONOMA

igrowsonoma.org
We provide information and encouragement for people to grow their own fruit and vegetables – inspire people to create neighborhood garden groups and new community gardens, and help people find local sources of healthy food. See BLOG postings on seasonal garden topics at igrowsonoma.org/blog., as well as the garden-related events calendar.

Image Tree Service

564 Caletti Ave,Windsor
707-838-3555
www.imagetreeservice.com
Our aim has always been to provide professional tree care to promote and enhance the health, safety, and beauty of trees.  The environment is important to us and through recycling and sustainable methods we are able to do our part in preserving our planet’s natural beauty.

J.R. Townsend Landscape Services

707-623-6757
Email: contact@jrlandscape.com
CA Lic; 997137

Providing high-quality landscaping services to Sonoma County since 2004. Services include: Landscape design & installation; High efficiency irrigation system design and installation; Major tree care, removal & stump grinding; Flagstone & concrete paver installation; Outdoor construction: fencing, awnings, decks & more; Artificial lawn installation; Low voltage lighting; Knowledgeable staff; Free visual site assessments; Fully insured to a minimum of $2,000,000; “A+” rated with the BBB. We look forward to hearing from you, have a great day!

Jungle Bamboo, Palms & Olives

503 W Railroad Ave, Cotati
707-794-8292
Junglebambooandpalms.com
Mon-Fri 8-4:30  Sat by Appointment
50 bamboo varieties on 6 acres, including both Palm trees and Olive trees.  We make it easy for you to get the very best plant materials at the lowest price anywhere. Deliveries and consultations.

Kate Anchordoguy Landscape Design

707-546-8500
www.kateanchordoguylandscapedesign.com
kateland@sonic.net
Designs site specific schemes that work with the natural features, existing vegetation and specific microclimates unique to each location.  Communicative, Creative and Reliable.

Keith Bouldin Garden Consultant

707-548-7638
dukenrat@sonic.net
Garden consulting
Have a problem area in your garden? Let me help you solve it.

Kim Kabot Landscape Specialist

PO Box 2895, Petaluma
707-236-0968
www.kimscapes.com
kimscape@comcast.net
Consultations, Coaching, Design – Installation, Fine Garden Care, Irrigation Installation and Repair. QWEL certified. Making the world a better place one garden at a time.

Landesign Inc.

707-578-2657
www.Landesign-inc.com
Our family owned and operated business has over 28 years of experience installing and maintaining landscapes in the North Bay. We service HOAs, apartments, hotels, wineries, and commercial properties. We offer a trusted name, expert advice, and creative solutions.

Leff Landscape Associates

40 Fourth Street #244, Petaluma
(707) 789-0150
lefflandscape.com
Leff Landscape is dedicated to creating outdoor living spaces that change the way people experience their environments. As exterior  designers, we are committed to the belief that people deserve exteriors with as much style, comfort and panache as the interiors of their homes (if not more).

Lucas & Lucas Landscape Architecture

709 A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg
707-431-2790
www.lucas-lucas.com
High-end custom designs: site planning; building placement; building design; pools; outdoor kitchens, dining and entertaining; water features; planting.  Our designs range from classic to contemporary, always rooted in their place and full of soul.

Lush Green Design

www.Lushgreendesign.com
Lushgreendesign@hotmail.com
415-233-2354
A garden artist helping to transform outside spaces to reflect who you are inside.

Manzanita Landscape Construction, Inc.

160 Wikiup Dr. Suite 206,
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-575-3775
www.manzanitalc.com
From patios and decks to waterfalls and ponds we offer a variety of breathtaking designs that can be custom tailored to your particular wants and desires. With Manzanita Landscape Construction, Inc. the sky’s the limit – let us design what you have in mind!

Mariposa Habitat Nursery

Northwest Santa Rosa
707-546-4386
janarosa@sonic.net
Jana Mariposa offers Landscape design and Consultation and is a Horticulturist with over 46 years of experience propagating, cultivating, and maintaining California Native and compatible Mediterranean plants in Sonoma County for her nursery.  She is available for consulting, design and contract growing habitat plants for hummingbirds butterflies and other beneficial insects, year-round flowers and always organic. Consider installing an edible and habitat hedgerow to create privacy and provide food for your family and many other inhabitants of our lovely county.

Matthew Banchero’s Tree Service

707-921-9217
www.thetreehuggingtreecutter.com
bancherotreeservice@gmail.com
The business was founded on the principle of stewardship for trees, forests and soil. We offer large tree removals, tree pruning, shaded fuel breaks, consultations and chipping almost anywhere. Competitive pricing with written proposals in language you can understand.

Merge Studio

241 South Main St. Sebastopol
707-829-3369
www.merge-studio.com
Modern Landscape Architecture / Land Planning / Arboriculture
Registered Landscape Architect #5228
Combined perspectives: a collaborative design process of arranging land and structures into meaningful outdoor spaces.  Water management and regenerative design.

Mindful Landscapes

707-523-2784
www.MindfulLandscapes.com
Every Environment can be a Healthy One. 27 Years Experience Sustainable Practices & Organic Resources. Certified Permaculture Designer, Organic Farmer, Maintenance & Construction. Stairways. Lighting, Fruits & Vegetables Production, Regenerative Pruning.

Mountain Meadow Landscape

Healdsburg
707-433-4590
www.MountainMeadowLandscape.com
Sustainable Design and Construction. Horticultural-based plant and tree care, Organic pest control solutions.

My Father’s Touch, Inc.

Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-433-1327
707-495-3768 cell
fatherstouchinc.com
With over 27 years experience in taking care of trees, from simple tree pruning to dangerous tree removals around delicate landscapes and structures. Treating each location as though it were our home. We get the job done right. FREE quotes, in-depth consultations, emergency 24 hour service, discounts for seniors and single parents. Certified arborist. We do not climb with spurs in live trees! Immaculate clean-up. Lic# 792251

Nature’s Tailor Landscape Contractors & Design

PO Box 1211, Windsor
707-291-3066
www.naturestailor.com
We offer comprehensive landscaping services including landscape design, rock artistry & stone elements such as retaining walls, walkways and patios. Outdoor Kitchens and Bocce ball courts are some of the new elements we can install. Additionally, we can install custom lighting to best highlight your new landscaping features and irrigation systems to keep your gardens growing and lawns green.

Nature’s Designs

Guerneville, Ca
707-486-1859
www.naturesdesignsgardens.com/

Sustainable artistic landscape and garden design focused on creating dynamic beauty that is in sync with your style and the needs of your garden space. Nature’s Designs creates landscapes that are ecologically balanced with the best-suited plants for your space. We offer design, consultation, and irrigation programming.

NODE – Radical Sustainability

www.node.eco
Homes and Accessory Dwelling Units, delivered.
Guaranteed price and schedule.

North Bay Horticulture

Ellen Solomon, Certified Arborist
Petaluma
707-776-0805
www.northbayhorticulture.com
Tree-wise • Water-wise • Earth-wise. Tree and Garden Consulting, Green and Sustainable Design.  Certified arborist, Orchard Manager and Garden Coach.  Group and individual classes available.

North Bay Landscape Management, Inc.

444 Payran, Petaluma
707-762-3850
www.northbaylandscape.com
North Bay Landscape Management is a fully licensed and insured company with over 60 qualified employees who have a wide range of expertise.  Our services range from a full service weekly landscape maintenance program, landscape design, landscape construction, installation and renovations.

Pacific Landscapes, Inc.

2833 Old Gravenstein Highway, Sebastopol
707-829-8064
www.pacificlandscapes.com
Professional landscape management with personalized customer service. Serving Sonoma County since 2000.

Permaculture Artisans

2185 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol
707-824-0836
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9AM to 5PM
www.permacultureartisans.com
Serving the North Bay since 2006, Permaculture Artisans designs, installs, and maintains regenerative and resilient ecological landscapes and settlements. We specialize in water use efficiency, food production, water harvesting, and restoration projects at all scales from broadacre farms and ranches to backyard landscapes. Find out how permaculture principles can transform and regenerate your home, farm, ranch, or place of business. Mention this ad and receive 20% off your initial design consultation.

Permaculture Skills Center

2185 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol
707-824-0836
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9a to  5p
http://permacultureskillscenter.info
We are a 5-acre demonstration site and educational institution dedicated to sharing regenerative land development and management practices. We offer diverse programs for everyone, from our online Eco-Landscape Mastery School (ELM) for those interested in starting or growing their own ecological landscape business to students interested in home gardening, farming, landscaping or land management. We are empowering the next generation of land tenders with the knowledge, skills, and connections needed to create regenerative and resilient ecosystems, communities and economies. We strive to align passion, purpose & prosperity in partnership with the planet.

Planet Horticulture Landscape Design & Construction

415 827 4342
www.planethorticulture.com
We evaluate and transform your outdoor spaces into gardens that are ecologically smart and naturally beautiful. Hillside trails and drought and deer tolerant plants are among our specialties.

Plants that FUEL or RESIST Fire ~ Choose Wisely for Fire-Resistent Landscapes

plants native to califirnia

Ceanothus, commonly known as California Lilac, offers almost everything a gardener could wish for in a shrub: free-flowering, lovely foliage, ease of cultivation and some varieties are even fire resistant.

Back when we were ONLY considering drought-tolerant landscaping to use less water in our gardens, we found many plants with high oil content that set in deep tap roots so required less watering. Some of those plants also tend to burst into flames because of the high oil content. What’s a gardener to do?

We still want drought-tolerant plants because rain is never something we can assume will come in quantity. All plants will catch fire under extreme conditions, but some can withstand the ravages of heat and fire. Fire resistent plants that support wildlife provides landscaping that is beautiful, creates habitat and looks good as well. Let’s stick with California Natives since they are already adapted to our climate and serve us for native habitat as well.

California Redbud

California Redbud

California Redbud (Cercis) is a lovely small tree that puts out brilliant blue-red blossoms, usually in early fall. Once established, they require little to no water. Just like in the wild, they will burst into bloom, covering the tree branches with blossoms. BONUS – they are fire-resistant!

California Fuchsia is one of the loveliest flowering plants that attracts hummingbirds. The foliage is a light blue-green which contrasts red, dangling flowers.

Penstemon – another bee and hummingbird plant that loves dry soil, and thrives on neglect so you get a bonus of beautiful blossoms all summer with little concern for time-consuming gardening. Mix and match colors: purple, magenta to brilliant red.

Sticky Monkey Flower

Sticky Monkey Flower

Sticky Monkey Flower

Monkey Flower (Mimulus) shows up along roadsides with their light yellow blossoms. This is a good time of year to see them since they tend to bloom early summer. The yellow is a lovely contrast to native reds and purples.You can find them in local native plant nurseries in a number of varieties that are suited for your microclimate. And yes, the are also fire resistent.

California Lilac (Ceanothus) (see photo above) is one of our local favorites because you can see it among our forests with deep green, shiny leaves with a crinkly surface, then in spring the blossoms send puffs of light to dark purple throughout a forest.

Fragaria Chiloensis

Fragaria Chiloensis

Lavender– of which we have published several articles recently, is on of those plants that thrives easily, provide color in blossoms but also in foliage (a soft, blue-green, provides food for bees and smells great dried!

Sage is another one of those multi-use plants. The violet flowers are very attractive to bees and hummingbirds and the leaves are scented and even useful in cooking.

TREES – You can SEE which trees made it through the October fires and the most dominant survivor is theCoast Live Oak. You have to like their prickly leaves, so take that into consideration but this is a beautiful tree that is evergreen and can withstand drought as well as fire.

Ground cover– well, you can’t beat wild strawberry, aka Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis). It spreads easily,sun or shade for a green carpet.

LEARN MORE @ calscape.org – California Native Plant Society

Poteracke Landscape Design & Build

Penngrove
707-217-2579
Allow us to create an outdoor living environment that is beyond your imagination.

Prenkert Designs

Sebastopol
707-829-1474
sonja@prenkertguitars.com
Have ideas but need help pulling them together? Have a blank palette to be filled? Color Consulting, Landscape and Interior Design

Quarryhill Botanical Garden

12841 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen
707-996-3166
www.quarryhillbg.org
Open Daily 9-4
Sonoma Valley’s Quarryhill Botanical Garden is home to one of the largest collections of scientifically documented, wild-source Asian plants in North America and Europe, many of which represent ancestors of horticultural favorites found throughout the western world. The 25-acre wild woodland garden has grown into a world-renowned botanical institution, providing other botanical gardens, arboreta, researchers, conservationists, students, and the visiting public with living examples of the beautiful and threatened temperate flora of East Asia. Quarryhill is not only a modern-day ark of rare and beautiful plants, but also a place where education and conservation are at the heart of its mission and run as deep as the tranquil ponds and seasonal waterfalls that surround it. Entering its 31st  year, Quarryhill Botanical Garden is one of the most exotic and biologically diverse places in Sonoma Valley.  quarryhillbg.org

Reveling in the Wildness of Spring

 

by Kellen Watson, Daily Acts

Thanks to the late season rains, our gardens and wild places are now bursting with color and bustling with activity, making it finally feel like spring!  This is a great time to be outside, reconnect with nature and take in all the unique sights, sounds, smells and tastes that come with this season of renewal. While many of us may have spent the last few weeks removing the incredibly healthy weeds that were taking over our gardens, I would like to encourage a shift in focus this month to enjoying the splendor of spring and all the gifts it offers. Below are some of my favorite springtime references, garden activities and suggestions for taking advantage of the season.

Sightsannuals, wildflowers, nesting and mating rituals, birds, butterflies, and bees oh my! For those with kids, setting up opportunities for observation or exploration can be a great way to spend a day in the garden. I suggest going on a bug hunt or constructing a bug hotel to encourage more insect diversity in your garden. Planting annuals or other habitat providing plants with different flower shapes and colors will also help attract more wildlife to the show.

Soundsbuzzing, humming, munching, chirping, quacking, clucking, baaaahhhing… You get the idea, spring is bursting with new life whether it be plant, insect or animal. This is a great opportunity to take a pause, practice a little sound therapy and let the vibrational energy of the garden revitalize you.

Smellssweet like honey, fresh and woodsy, peppery and clean. These scents are meant to attract insects and other pollinators to their food sources, potential mates and are essential to help spread that pollen around to create new life. These scents can be intoxicating, mood lifting and occasionally distracting in a good way. To make these feelings last a bit longer or collect other health benefits, why not make a flower essence or clip a bouquet to enjoy indoors as well.

Tasteswild, bitter and spicy! Spring is a season for cleansing and so it is no surprise that many of our edible annual weeds also provide medicinal properties that help our bodies prepare for the year ahead. Next time you think about weeding that dandelion, why not harvest some leaves for your salad or dry down the root to make a liver support tea. Once you dive into the world of bitters, you will never look at these weeds the same!

For those of you wanting to promote this wildness in your gardens, Daily Acts has a few events that will help you cultivate habitat and design in the multi-functional plants that we celebrate during this season.

Garden Design WorkshopDreaming Up your Water-Wise Oasis on Wednesday, May 23rd from 5:30pm-8pm – Join us for a simple five-step process that will bring a little bit closer to the garden of your dreams. We will cover how to draw to scale, plant selection, irrigation, soils and other garden practices and aesthetics.

Water-Wise Habitat Gardening for Pollinators on Monday, June 4th from 6pm-8pm—Learn how to create a wildlife and pollinator-friendly habitat garden in your own yard with tips from our Sonoma County experts at the Bee Keepers Association, Master Gardeners and Native Songbird Care & Conservation.

And of course, if you come to any of these events or take any of these actions in your garden, please register for the Community Resilience Challenge at communityresiliencechallenge.org/ and share you story with us. This is how we collectively change the world by starting in our own gardens!

Richard Todd General Contractor

707-545-1122
www.richardtoddgc.com
richard.todd00@yahoo.com
Licensed, bonded and fully insured. I am committed to the construction industry and my customers, and to completing projects on time and within budget. Careful consideration of the project, accurate estimates of plans, and maintaining communication with all parties in a project, combine to serve your best interests.

Ridgeline Landscape Gardening

Sebastopol
707-829-9429
www.ridgelinelandscaping.com
Specializing in custom residential and small commercial landscape installations since 1985.

Rosmarin Landscape Design

Santa Rosa
707-978-3203
www.annrosmarin.com
We engage with our clients throughout the design process to create timeless gardens that forge a powerful connection with the surrounding landscape.

Sandborn Tree Service

119 Morris St, Sebastopol
707-823-9144 or 707- 579-2990
www.sandborntree.com
Consulting, Cable Bracing, Tree Removal, Pruning, Brush Chipping, Stump Removal, Vegetation Maintenance, Wildfire Preparedness, Emergency Tree Work, Arborist Reports.

Santa Rosa Landscaping

707-500-4027
www.santarosalandscaping.net/

Santa Rosa Landscaping offers a full array of landscaping services in and around Sonoma County. Whether you are looking to spruce up your existing residential or commercial landscape, design and build a brand new environment, add some lighting, a pool or waterfall, or simply need landscape maintenance we are ready to go to work for you! Please visit our website or give us a call for your free consultation and quote.

Seescape Landscape by Robert A Freese

Santa Rosa, Ca
707-584-3699
Professional residential landscape installation. Robert has over 50 years of landscape knowledge.  Also visit Roberts Nursery @ Rtrees Wholesale Nursery.

Sonoma County Herb Association

Barbara Jean (BJ) Avery, Director
P.O. Box 2162 Sebastopol, CA 95473
707-824-1447
Email: herbexch@sonic.net
www.sonomaherbs.org
Check us out on Facebook! Herb growers, medicine makers, educators, practitioners, gardeners and students. Website details all activities and resources provided by this group, or send email to be put on our email list. ALSO INCLUDES Sonoma County Herb Exchange, a clearinghouse for high quality, locally grown medicinal herbs.

Sonoma County ~ A Vintage Rose ‘Terroir’ Where can you buy fragrant, vintage roses?

Garden Valley Ranch fragrant vintage roses

 

By Jane Rogan Dwight

The rose is arguably the most poetic of flowers. It is the hallmark of Spring, bursting on the scene in April and May, boasting singular beauty and metaphorical richness in every phase, from youthful bud to mature bloom. Thorns protect it, fragrance and color attract insects who live in symbiotic relationship.

Of course, not all roses are created equal.

In Sonoma County, we are known for our passionate horticulturists. Our most famous horticulturist, Luther Burbank, cultivated “Joseph’s Coat” and the “Burbank” rose – among many other plant varieties. Burbank called Sonoma County “the chosen spot of all this earth.” Those who know their roses are familiar with Rayford Reddell’s legendary work at Petaluma’s Garden Valley Ranch.  At the height of his career, Reddell’s most fragrant roses attracted such celebrities as Princess Diana, Caroline Kennedy and Martha Stewart. Garden Valley Ranch is now owned and operated by Jessica and Justin Yau, a brother and sister team who acquired it a year ago from Mark Grim. The Garden Valley Ranch property has a long and interesting history dating back to the 1850s.

Further north, nestled in the well-traveled Russian River wine appellation just off Westside Road, Jan and Michael Tolmasoff have been growing some of the most fragrant roses in the world on some of the richest soil in California since 1976. The birth and growth of their garden business, Russian River Rose Company, is another captivating Sonoma County story.

I had the opportunity to visit with Jessica at Garden Valley Ranch and Jan at Russian River Rose Company, with a guest appearance by husband-Michael. Here is some information for our readers.

Garden Valley Ranch

Jessica answered the bell at her petit garden gate in tall muddy boots and a big floppy hat. She was watering; a job that takes hours on her five-acre ranch. White doves fly out of the bell tower and demand I look up to notice the mid-19th century farm buildings, small and large, in the center of what feels like an old Victorian town complete with train depot.

Garden Valley Ranch barn with white roses

Garden Valley Ranch barn with white roses

We walk past rows of 5-gallon bare root roses on our way to the potting room, a place that takes a page out of the Pottery Barn catalog: Sonoma County rustic-chic. Jessica offers me a cold Yerba Matte from the cooler and tells me about the antique building elements in the room. Wood planks from original buildings were recycled to make attractive shelves and tables. Drawings and water colors depicting the 1850s train depot are framed and hung. The natural, indirect light adds to an atmosphere where I could spend hours happily potting plants.

From there Jessica takes me to the Carriage House. It is a beautifully restored, 2-story building that seems to be made for Sonoma County event parties. The wide barn doors slide apart revealing a porch that overlooks an expanse of the front garden.

On this afternoon Jessica gives me the complete tour. We made our way to a lovely, Victorian-inspired bedroom suite, where brides can dress; and to the quaint train depot, where grooms may dress. The depot especially made me envious of a quality of life we no longer see in public transportation. The approach to the wedding gazebo is surrounded by what will be hundreds of fragrant white rose bushes in May. The secret garden behind the gazebo features arbors of climbing roses and an exquisite fountainhead from The City of Paris department store in San Francisco.  Set in the middle of one of the gardens behind the Carriage House, is a large, meandering koi pond.

Where have all the roses gone?

In her articulate, soft-spoken way, Jessica tells me about the declining fate of the American rose industry. She refers to a Washington Post story, published in February and written by Damien Paletta. It is subtitled, “How the rose trade lifted Columbia and nearly erased an American industry.”   Yes, Columbia. Once a thriving business in the U.S., mass rose cultivation moved to Bogota, Columbia in the 1980s. Infamous in the 1980s for the growth of violent drug cartels who shipped cocaine by the ton to the United States, the Columbia drug culture provided jobs, supported villages and infected North America with its products. In the effort to curb the drugs coming from Columbia, the Bush administration passed new trade laws to aid Columbia in starting up its own rose production. It was successful. These roses, the ones you buy in grocery stores, are being shipped by the millions to sate the American appetite for low priced bouquets (Damien Paletta, “In Rose beds, Money Blooms,”   The Washington Post; February 10, 2018.)

In case you haven’t noticed, or don’t know any better, the roses from Columbia are not fragrant. So, if it’s fragrance you’re missing in your bouquets, specialty roses from Garden Valley Ranch and Russian River Rose Company are two places to buy in Sonoma County.

Environmentally conscious growing

As Sonoma County rose farmers, both the Yaus and the Tomalsoff’s are deeply committed to natural, sustainable and pollinator-friendly practices. Both grow their roses outdoors without chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers [check with RRR].  The results of working in partnership with Mother Nature are stunningly beautiful, fragrant flowers.

The Garden Valley Ranch offers classes and special tours, family event days and an inspiring wedding venue. They will also sell cut rose stems and bouquets from the ranch. It is a beautiful, quick drive to the property, which is situated in your backyard, off Stony Point Road in north Petaluma.

Garden Valley Ranch field of roses

Garden Valley Ranch field of roses


Garden Valley Ranch – 498 Pepper Rd, Petaluma • (707) 795-0919 • gardenvalley.com. Private tours and nursery pick-ups by appointment. Please email info@gardenvalley.com .     https://gardenvalley.com/pages/experiences
First Friday tours are open to the public at $10 per person.  The first tour is on Friday, May 4.



Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose American Pillar Rose

Russian River Rose American Pillar Rose

Refined culinary rose water, rose oils for perfume and the roses themselves are some of the fragrant products of Russian River Rose Company. Owner, collector and cultivator, Jan Tolmasoff, has taken time out of her busy day to talk to me. She is prepared. Everything about her open, welcoming personality, natural organization and clear-thinking is evident upon our meeting. She sets the table with charming, Victorian china, silver spoon and linen napkin. She gives me an option of teas, but I choose the rose tea (of course). Outside, a nursery worker is industriously arranging pots of roses and preparing beds for new layers of manure. Jan sees a bright blue, swallow-tailed butterfly hovering over her ‘bees and butterflies’ garden. She is ecstatic. Her clear, round, blue eyes emanate her personal passion for the stewardship of Russian River Rose Company she and her husband, Michael, have worked for 42 years.

When the Tolmasoff’s purchased the Healdsburg property in 1976, they knew they wanted to grow grapes. Pears and French Prunes were planted over 15 acres, but due to the high concentration of pesticides required to grow pears they made the decision to take them out. The hardy prunes stayed and produced for them. One day, using a $100 gift certificate she had from her Grandmother, Jan decided to buy and plant roses to beautify the vineyard. She poured over the catalog, “Roses of Yesterday and Today,” and found herself attracted to the vintage varieties not only for their beauty and fragrance, but for their stories. “Every rose came with a testimonial,” she tells me with a meaningful look. She purchased 15 roses and never looked back.

Russian River Rose Company now carries 650 varieties of roses and – Jan is excited to tell me – 150 varieties of Irises. She tells me about her roses, naming their names, the way one would speak of dear friends. The personalities and connections of her garden are as important to her as the blooms themselves. Jan chooses the varieties for their beauty, fragrance and versatile growing patterns. She also chooses them for how well they flourish in our Northern California climate.

Russian River Rose famous rose covered arches

Russian River Rose famous rose covered arches

The Bulgarian Damask Rose

Jan tells me about the trip she and Michael took to the famous Kazanlik, Bulgaria Rose Festival in 1996. There, in the Valley of Roses, horticulturists have been growing ultra -fragrant Damask roses for centuries. Production is extremely work intensive. The Damask rose blooms only once a season, and those blossoms must be picked immediately in the very early morning before the sun dries the fragrant oils in the petals. The perfumes made from Bulgarian rose oil have graced royalty throughout history; [For more information, go to – http://www.russian-river-rose.com/tours_deluxe.html].

Michael Tolmasoff is a Chemical Engineer. Prior to their visit to Bulgaria, Michael became interested in learning to produce rose oil perfumes. He now produces small batches of rose oil and fragrances each season. RRR offers it for sale in their online store and at the garden. If you’re interested, buy soon. It sells out very quickly.

Mothers Day - Margie and Mike Wilson

Mothers Day – Margie and Mike Wilson

RRR Monthly, Seasonal Events

Almost every month of the year Jan features a different experiential workshop. May is a time for families and friends to experience the beauty of the garden – especially on Mother’s Day. Generations of families have been visiting RRR on Mother’s Day when blooms are everywhere. During Memorial weekend, Jan and Michael offer ‘tea and memories.’ People may write their wishes and tie them to the wishing tree. Jan then takes the wishes and buries them beneath the garden. In October the Tolmasoff’s host Bulgarian singers and offer their new batch of fragrance, which has been aging for 5 months. I am told there is tea and hand-cranked sorbet.

If you would like a unique experience full of beauty, be sure to consult Russian River Roses website to see what is happening during the year.


Russian River Rose Company –1685 Magnolia Dr., Healdsburg • (707) 433-7455 • russian-river-rose.com. Throughout the year Jan features a different workshop. May is a time to experience the beauty of the garden – especially Mother’s Day & Memorial weekend. In October the Tolmasoff’s host Bulgarian singers and offer their new batch of fragrance, aged for 5 months.

 

Sonoma Marin Arborists, Inc.

PO Box 216, Petaluma, CA 94953
707-762-TREE (8733)
877-407-TREE (8733)
www.smarborists.com
Established in 2007, Sonoma-Marin Arborists, Inc. is a small, woman-owned, licensed tree and landscaping company specializing in tree care, offering certified arborist consultation, certified crane operators, a licensed timber operator, and master green building professional service in our 9th year of operation. With over 25 years experience in the field, we explore green waste recovery and salvage opportunities while delivering quality, communication, & craftmanship. We are fully insured and bonded.

Sonoma Marin Water Partnership

404 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa
707-547-1900
savingwaterpartnership.org
The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership represents 11 water utilities in Sonoma and Marin counties who have joined together to provide a regional approach to water use efficiency. Our website includes a number of programs focused on drought tolerant plants and low water use garden practices including:
– Eco-Friendly Garden Tour
Saturday, May 5th, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE, self-guided, registration is required.
– Water Smart Plant Label
Look for signs at local nurseries identifying low water use plants.
– Water Smart Plant Guide
Database of low water use plants.
– Garden Sense
FREE garden consultations with a master gardener.
– Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper
Find a water-efficient landscape professional.

Sonoma Mission Gardens

851 Craig Ave, Sonoma
Nursery: 707-938-5775
Landscape: 707-938-5743
www.sonomamissiongardens.com
We are a licensed contractor specializing in plantings, irrigation and hardscape projects associated with our full service nursery and garden materials.

Sonoma Mountain Landscape

8091 Petaluma Hill Rd, Penngrove
707-665-5051
www.sonomamountainlandscape.com
Sonoma Mountain Landscape strives to conserve water and energy; protect water and air quality; reduce waste to landfill; improve soil structure; enhance wildlife habitat; source materials locally and re-use materials onsite.

Studio Wildwood

10300 Hwy 12, Kenwood
415-342-2071
www.studiowildwood.com
Sustainable Landscape Design, Restoration, Planting & Pruning. Member of USGBC’s Emerging Green Builders of water efficient garden. LEED AP.

Sturgeon Tree Services

211 Ragle Rd, Sebastopol
707-823-6675 or 707-546-0221
www.sturgeontreeservice.com 
We provide experienced, professional and affordable services to help you deal with trees in and around your property. With 50 years of experience, you can have confidence that your trees are in the best possible hands. We are committed to providing prompt, honest and reliable service. Call Dan Sturgeon to help you determine the best course for your trees. As always, Friendly, free estimates. Four Generations of Experience!

Summit Tree Care

5057 Bodega Ave, Petaluma
707-542-7200 Santa Rosa
707-762-6719 Petaluma
www.summittreecare.com
Full tree care services, equip to handle large and small jobs including: pruning, removal, surgeons and emergency storm service.

Susie Dowd Markarian Landscape Design

608 Los Olivos Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 537-0508
www.bloomful.com
Sustainable & Water Conservation Specialists  & Award winning designer.

Sweetwater Landscape

Forestville
707-887-0140
www.getpond.com
info@getpond.com
Certified Aquascape Contractor, Qualified Water Effecient Landscape (QWEL).
Sweetwater Landscape is an award winning Master Certified Aquascape Contractor specializing in sustainable-naturalistic Ecosystem ponds, Pondless waterfalls and water features that provide water to all our wonderful garden pollinators and animal life. See our display water features at both SBI Landscape Material locations in Windsor and Fulton.  Contact us about all your landscape needs including water features, pavers, flagstone, retaining walls, planting, and latest water saving irrigation technologies.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side ~ Visiting California Carnivores

https://www.californiacarnivores.com/

Damon co-owner of the Sebastopol nursery California Carnivores says he was attracted to carnivorous plants as a boy because they eat bugs.

By Jane Rogan

For those of us who watched too much Science Fiction as children, Carnivorous plants are like something from another planet. Triffids they may be! But true or false, they are being cultivated in Sebastopol for their singular beauty with a life-long dedication by the owners of California Carnivores.

Damon Collingsworth is a Sebastopol native and co-owner of the nursery with Peter D’Amato. They manage a sizable cultivation business, interact enthusiastically with the community and run an international online business. Damon says he was attracted to carnivorous plants as a boy because they eat bugs. Now he is passionate about their rare beauty, fascinated by their unique interpersonal relationship with nature and driven by the need to protect them from extinction.

There is something else. His fascination with carnivorous plants led Damon to the rain forest of Borneo where he lived with a tribal family in their hut. He ate what they eat [lots of fresh seafood]. He wore the clothing they wear. He learned about the forest and the tribe’s culture. Heavy rain pounded the tin roof all day and night, violent lightning provided the necessary carbon burn some of these plants need to thrive, thunder shook the forest. All became the daily norm.

He went native. When he returned home to California, with all its easy conveniences, he experienced the displacement many people feel after spending time so steeped in nature and removed from the Western mainstream. On his arm he shows me the tribal styled tattoo of a pitcher plant. It is part of who he is.

Before he left for Borneo, Damon developed a mentoring friendship with Peter – the Godfather of carnivorous plants. Peter opened the Sebastopol nursery in 1989 and is the author of the award-winning book, The Revised Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants. Peter and Damon have been business partners now for 11 years, growing this most unlikely business of cultivating and conserving the rarest of Paleoendemic plants: Venus flytraps, American pitcher plants, sundews, butterworts, bladderworts, tropical pitcher plants and others – all commercially cultivated for either the curious beginner or the discriminating collector who wants the highest quality plants.

They are the largest carnivorous plant nursery in the United States.

Damon and Peter have infused their business- family culture with the importance of community and ecology. On the day the Gazette visited, Damon was finishing working with a local first grade class. He says he has local students in all the time. Caring for growing things, working in harmony with nature and recycling are lessons that are implicit in the world of carnivorous plants. Studying any one of the many species in the nursery will demonstrate the principal of symbiosis, or interdependence between a plant and an insect – or even a small rodent.

The information Damon and Peter can provide is encyclopedic. So, if you would like to take a quick trip to an exotic environment and learn all about these spectacular plant species, California Carnivores is a must-go-see and experience place.

California Carnivores

2833 Old Gravenstein Hwy Sebastopol, CA 95472
707-824-0433 –info@californiacarnivores.com

www.californiacarnivores.com

While You’re in the Neighborhood…

By Vesta Copestakes

Two unique gardens and plant propagators live in South Sebastopol. Both are worth taking the time to visit while you’re here for California Carnivores. This is a wonderful part of our county. The roads take you into beautiful countryside you may not experience if you weren’t looking for these nurseries.

Lone Pine Gardens specializes in succulents. They grow thousands of them to sell to stores like Friedman Home Improvement and nurseries all over. The tiniest pots contain starts that live on tables until they have established sufficient roots to be sold. And they are beautiful. Some are even planted in unique pottery for table art.

A few years ago a photo of this garden was on the cover of our annual Gardeners Resource Guide.  Joan Humbree was the photographer and I always enjoyed talking with her. An annual visit over the phone. She died not that long ago and I never got to meet her face-to-face, so when we were exploring Damon’s wild plant kingdom, I just had to entice Jane and Su there.

Su is a plant enthusiast who knows the Latin names, so as we wander these gardens, she gets all excited and tells us what they are called, what conditions they like to live in…all kinds of information about these lovely little plants. Her knowledge and joy at being out here makes the journey that much more fun.

Colors, shapes, light and shadow playing across curved, thick…leaves? Are they leaves? Su, tell me what this is…it’s lovely! We gather little pots in our arms and go to pay for them. The website has care information, and lots of photos, probably taken by Joan. It’s worthy of a tour on your computer, but go there as well. Bring money, you WILL bring home treasures for your garden!

Lone Pine Gardens, 6450 Lone Pine Rd, Sebastopol

lonepinegardens.com • (707) 823-5024

Sonoma Horticulture Nursery specializes in Rhododendrons and Azaleas, but also shade plants like ferns, etc. We’re in the tail end of Azalea season but coming into Hydrangea season, so it’s another reason to visit. As you approach the nursery you wonder how can a shade plant garden be out here in the wide open and sunny hills. But once you find the gate and wander down the drive to park you understand. (use the map on the website!)

7+ acres settle into Blutcher Creek valley with towering trees shading the mile-plus walking path, pond and plant propagation areas. It’s lush, dark green, cool and shaded with bursts of color.

The path wanders through the garden so you pick up a map at the small shed by the parking lot where you will bring your treasures back to pay for them before you leave.

Polo de Lorenzo used to own this nursery for decades, then had a hard time maintaining his creation, so now Mike Boss owns it and is taking care of deferred maintenance as he discovers every plant, every wonder that Polo created over the years. It’s an adventure!

Want to spend time here helping Mike? They have Garden Work Parties the second Sunday of the month from 10am – 4pm. And yes, you earn discounts for your efforts. I have a neighbor who has done this for years. You have never seen such lovely gardens in a canyon!

Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, 3970 Azalea Ln, Sebastopol

sonomahort.com • (707) 823-6832

Terra Botanica Landscape

Marlene Slutsky, Horticulturist
707-778-3472
www.terrabotanicalandscape.com
Design, installation, ongoing maintenance and instruction. Consultations available.

The Gardening Tutor

Mary Frost
707-545-6863
www.thegardeningtutor.net
mary@thegardeningtutor.net
When you’re ready to learn how to improve, care for or design your own garden, contact Mary Frost. Mary carefully crafts her visits to your needs and the needs of your plants. Now see Mary on You Tube, The Gardening Tutor

The Rental Place

Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Fort Bragg
707-823-7686, 707-938-0711
Open M-Sat. 7-5 –  Sun 8-4
www.therentalplace.com
Full line rental stores. Lawn & garden, homeowner, contractor, party, ski, etc.

The Supply Place powered by Garrett Hardware

1340 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg
707-433-5593
10540 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor
707-433-6590
www.garretthardware.com
Open Daily 7am-7pm, Sun. 8am-6pm
Your source for parts, tune-ups, repairs or new in-stock professional grade equipment. Chainsaws, string trimmers, blowers, pressure washers and more. We’ll even pick up and deliver!

The Wonder of Cover Crops

Crimson Clover as ground cover

Crimson Clover as ground cover. Clover fixes nitrogen in the soil and is great for adding fertility to your soil.

This month’s  Valley of the Moon Garden Club (VOMGC) meeting has special guest speaker Maile Arnold.  Maile, a Vassar graduate and Ecology specialist has been an organic farmer for over 50 years; raising most of the veggies, fruit, meat, eggs, and diary which her family and friends consume.  She has been designing gardens for others using organic and sustainable techniques.

Maile will talk about cover crops, and how important they are to maintain and increase the fertility of the soil and its water holding properties.  She will go over the different types of winter cover crops and demonstrate how to incorporate the nutrients into the soil without tilling.

The meeting will be at the Sonoma Veterans’ Building, 126 First Street West, on Thursday November 1 and is open to all.  Members are free and guests pay $5.00 at the door.  A meet-and-greet time starts a 6:30, the meeting at 7:00, and complimentary refreshments and a raffle follows.

Top of the Morning Tree Care

P.O. Box 1791
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-849-8733 or 707-849-TREE
martin@toptreecare.com
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Since 2000 we have been determined and dedicated to educating those who enjoy their trees as well as protecting and enhancing the natural beauty of Sonoma County. We have a strong love of pruning correctly and are very professional, efficient and safe.

Totem Landscape Services, LLC

PO Box 1712
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-637-6051
www.totemlandscapeservices.com
Leaders in organic and sustainable landscape solutions for healthy gardens. Maintenance, design & construction, consultation, soil building and analysis, irrigation and water management systems, and integrative pest management services. Our skills include creating custom vegetable gardens and pruning fruit trees for the best yields.

TreePro Professional Tree Care


888-873-3776
treepro@sbcglobal.net
We provide competitive pricing, and great service to all of our clients. Tree Trimming, Removals, Stump Grinding, Landscaping Management, Fire Protection, We do it All!

UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County

133 Aviation Blvd. Ste 109, Santa Rosa:
(707) 565-2608
M-F 8-12 & 1-4
email: mgsonoma@ucanr.edu
www.sonomamg.ucanr.edu
Master Gardeners are volunteers trained and certified by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) in the fields of gardening and horticulture providing information and technical assistance to gardeners. New garden sense series resumes.

University of California Cooperative Extension

http://cesonoma.ucanr.edu/
(707) 565-2621
133 Aviation Blvd, Suite 109, Santa Rosa
Our mission is to sustain a vital agriculture, environment, and community in Sonoma County by providing University of California research-based information in agriculture, natural resource management and youth development.

Valley Oak Landscaping, Inc.

4028 Santa Rosa Ave.
Santa Rosa, California 95407
707-573-3733
www.valleyoaklandscaping.com
Your landscape design, maintenance, and management professionals for Sonoma County and Northern Marin County – with top quality workmanship and affordable pricing. Centrally located in Santa Rosa, we’re the local landscaping professionals you can truly trust. We take the time to understand your needs, then strive to earn your loyalty with yet another job well done.

Vintage Tree Care

 1007 West College Ave., # 161, Santa Rosa
707-953-9494
www.vintagetreecare.com
We are a full service tree care company offering a wide variety of arboricultural services, pruning and planting. Specializing in tree and stump removal. Proper care is necessary to keep your trees and shrubs looking their best; that’s why we only hire experienced qualified professionals and will never send you someone untrained. We are fully certified, licensed and insured, and fully committed to providing quality without compromise in all services. So whether your job is big or small, residential or commercial, simple or complex, count on us to complete the job on time, within budget and to your complete satisfaction. To receive a free price quote, please contact us.

West County Herb Company

3641 Main Street, Occidental
707-874-9567
www.westcountyherb.com
We carry the very freshest, highest-quality bulk herbs, plants, seeds, herbal products, candles, bees wax, seaweeds, soaps and more,  all sourced locally from the beautiful land and people who call this special place home.

West County Oasis Bamboo

3525 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa
707-585-7415
WestCountyBamboo@gmail.com
www.WestCountyBamboo.com
Bamboo is getting popular! And at West County Oasis Bamboo, Jesus Mora the bamboo expert and his team are ready to help you on your journey of working with bamboo. As one of the fastest growing plant Bamboo is an excellent choice for fast screening and landscaping. We also offer installation, removal, on-site consultations, custom-built redwood planter boxes and hard to find rhizome barrier. Come on down and visit us at the nursery for a personal tour of the nursery or call us ahead to make an appointment. We are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Call us for any questions or inquiry.

Wild Garden Farm & Nursery

2710 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma
707-769-9114
roanne@wildgardenfarm.com
As the successor to North Coast Native Nursery, we’re growing an expanded selection of native and non-native species.  Our emphasis is propagation of multi-purpose plants for creating beautiful and functional landscaping for wildlife habitat, pollinator hedgerows, water conservation, edible landscapes, dye gardens, and herbs and perennials for Asian and Western traditional healing and culinary arts and other practical purposes. Inquiries welcome for contract growing, design consultation, and seasonal nursery hours.

Wyatt Irrigation

747 Yolanda Ave, Santa Rosa
707-578-3747
1016 Lakeville St, Petaluma
707-762-3747
www.wyattsupply.com
Wyatt Irrigation Supply provides superior custom designs and products for both residential and commercial customers.

Yoga for Gardeners

Gail Dubinsky, M.D.
1205 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol
707-829-7596
www.rxyoga.com
A comprehensive program promoting strength, flexibility, body mechanics, ergonomics and mindfulness with special relevance for gardening.