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Summer 2017


Do you Love to Garden? Grow your own Food?
This is your resource for self-indulgence

Pick Your Own Garden Produce – Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue Garden Club

Welcome to the Garden Club, Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue’s Community Supported Agriculture program. For just $20 per month or $200 per year, you are entitled to come weekly and pick a bag of the freshest vegetables from our Wildlife Education Garden. The funding from this CSA goes directly to our Predator Prevention and Educational Barnyard Program. We’ll be posting updates and pictures online of each week’s crop. Want to join? Call or email us for further details and help to support wildlife rescue in Sonoma County!

$20/month, Wildlife Rescue, 403 Mecham Rd, Petaluma, 707-992-0274,,

Volunteers Needed

Aug 17 & 26 ~ Gardening for Biodiversity – Audubon Canyon Ranch Conservation Center – Drop in first and third Thursdays and the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 9 – 11a. Help maintain native wildflowers in our small urban native garden. You’ll also help sustain native bees, butterflies, birds and more.

Free, registration required, 6:30p – 9:30p, ACR Conservation Center, 226 Center St, Healdsburg, Dave Self,,

Aug 19 ~ LandPaths Bayer Farm Workday – 9am to 12p. Come and join us every third Saturday of the month for our Bayer Farm Workday. Bring your gloves and help us knock out some of the weekds. Tools and gloves available for all. Bring your lunch and water. Free, no registration required, Bayer Farm, 1550 West Ave, Santa Rosa,

Aug 19 ~ Community Garden Work Day – Maddux Ranch Regional Park. Bring the whole family to help us grown the Larkfield Community Garden at Maddux Ranch Regional Park! Our hands-on workdays are a perfect way to make new friends while weeding, mulching, planting and preparing the garden for summer to benefit the community. Bring a hat, a water bottle, and layered clothing to stay comfortable. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members, 10:00 AM – 3:00p, Maddux Ranch Regional Park, 4655 Lavell Road, Santa Rosa, 707-565-3356

Every Wednesdays ~ Garden Volunteer Day – 10a – 5p. Sink your hands into the beautiful, rich soil at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center and learn from the diversity of plant life in our 40-year-old Mother Garden. You can come for part or all of the day. We are happy to have your helping hands for as long as you can participate. Volunteer lunch: Our chefs create an organic, vegetarian meal harvested from our gardens at 12:30 pm. Enjoy the rewards of a horticulturist’s day’s work! What to bring: We suggest a hat, sunscreen, extra layers or rain gear depending on the season, sturdy shoes and water bottle. Check out additional Visitor Information! Please Note: We cannot accommodate a group of 6 people or more without prior arrangement. Children are welcome but must be able to participate in adult work. Please supervise your child at all times. No pre-registration required. Just show up.  15290 Coleman Valley Rd, Occidental, 707-874-1557, Doug Goslin,,

Every Wednesday ~ Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Experiment Farm – Volunteer Work Day. 9 am to noon. Stop by to see what we are doing or join us in restoration and maintenance projects at The Farm. We have jobs available for people of any ability or interest – propagating plants for sale, regular gardening chores like weeding, raking, pruning, preparing publicity, maintaining the cottage. We welcome new ideas about how to make the Farm attract more visitors and help our bottom line. Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Experiment Farm, 7777 Bodega Ave. Sebastopol.

Plant Sales

thur Aug 31 ~ Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Experiment Farm – Plant SaleEvery Wednesday, 9 am to noon, 7777 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol,

thru – Aug 31 ~ Vallejo Home Plant Sale. Our Landscape Department is offering plants propagated from the Vallejo Home property. Included are succulents, deer-resistant, and drought-tolerant plants. The plants are available for a suggested donation of $1 – $5.Proceeds benefit the landscape plan for the Vallejo Home. The plants are available for a suggested donation of $1 – $5.   General Vallejo Home, Sonoma Parks,

Aug 19 and Sept 9 ~ Willowside School Plant Sale – Our Middle School Nursery is a working nursery with student involvement. We are self-sustaining through plant sales. We have thousands of plants: a variety of low water and drought tolerant perennials, California natives, a multitude of succulents, grasses, salvias, and many beautiful plants to invite beneficial insects, butterflies, and hummingbirds into your garden. Price: $4 for 1-gallon container. We have over 15 varieties of Specialty Japanese Maples 3-6 ft tall at $25 to $45 per tree!!! Please share this information with friends, neighbors, or co-workers. Rain does not cancel. No veggies. We gladly accept donations of healthy plants, garden tools, working wagons, ceramic pots, recycled 1 to 15-gallon nursery containers. NOTE: We are usually at the nursery on Tuesdays from 8 to 2 and welcome volunteers OR customers who cannot make it on Saturdays for informal sales. Verify we are open before coming. Check or exact change requested. 9-2p, Willowside School, 5299 Hall Rd (entrance on Willowside Rd), Corner of Willowside and Hall Rd, Santa Rosa, 707-569-4724,

Aug 19 & 20 ~ Plant Sale – Occidental Arts & Ecology. We’re in a drought, so what’s a gardener to do? Come talk to us and learn about water-resilient gardening from our Water Institute, who will be distributing educational materials at the Sale. We encourage you to plant a diverse winter garden with crops you can enjoy through the end of the year and into the Spring: brassicas such as kale, broccoli, collards, romanesco and cauliflower; Asian choys and cabbages; salad greens; chards; leeks, onions and scallions; edible flowers like calendulas; and cool weather herbs such as chervil and cilantro. Friday, September 11 from 4 – 6p – Special Friends of the Nursery Preview Sale Saturday/Sunday, September 12/13 and 19/20 from 10a-5p – Open to the General Public

Aug 20 & Sept 3 ~ Plant Nursery Sale and Land Tour – Occidental Arts & Ecology. Starting in 2017, OAEC’s nursery will be open to sell perennials weekends from April 1st – October 31st and also offering tours of OAEC’s land and onsite community every 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month 1p – 2:30p. See mature plants that were cultivated in our nursery thriving in the on-site gardens and landscapes, then go home with beautiful, seasonally appropriate annuals and perennials! 1st and 3rd Sundays 1p (April – Oct) , 2p Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd, Occidental, 707-874-1557,,

Sep 9 & Oct 7 ~ Sonoma County Jail Plant Nursery and Teaching Garden. Bring a cart or wagon to carry your plants. Plants are grown by inmates using compost, no fertilizers or pesticides. All sales income is used to provide project based education to inmates.The public is invited to purchase California Native and drought tolerant shrubs, perennials, succulents, ground covers along with Fruit and ornamental trees and lots of Spring vegetable starts. Checks or Cash only, No Credit or Debit Cards. Ten (10) Sonoma County Master Gardeners will be on site to help you select appropriate plants for your garden and answer questions. Free / 9-Noon, Sonoma County Jail, 2254 Ordinance Rd., Santa Rosa, 707-525-8310, Rick Stern,,


By Date

thru – Oct 31 ~ Santa Rosa Luther Burbank Garden Tours April thru October 2017. Public Tour Season –through October Tours include the Home with its original furnishings, the Greenhouse, a portion of the Gardens, and a summary of Burbank’s life and achievements. The Carriage House Museum and Gift Shop are open Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 4 & Sunday 11 – 3. Drop-in guided tours are offered Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 3:30 & Sunday 11 – 2:30. Adults $10; Children 12-18, Seniors and College Students with ID $8.50; children under 12 free with an adult. Group Tours and Children’s Tours are available with advance reservations. Please note: pets are not allowed in the Gardens. Service animals only. The Gardens More than an acre of gardens include many of Luther Burbank’s horticultural contributions. Special garden areas focus on medicinal herbs, cutting flowers, roses, wildlife habitats, and ornamental grasses. Many unusual varieties of plants and new horticultural introductions are represented. Most plants are labeled with both botanic and common names. Follow the story of Burbank’s career with our self-guided tour. The Gardens are open to the public every day from 8 to dusk. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, 204 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-524-5445,,

Aug 26 ~ Wet Seed Processing: Tomatoes, Melons, Cucumbers – Community Seed Exchange – Every Last Saturday, 9a-12:30p. The Community Seed Exchange is a grassroots, community seed library that support Sonoma County gardeners with free, locally grown, open-pollinated, pesticide and GMO-free seeds. All gardeners with or with out seeds to share are welcome. We hope that many gardeners will grow out seed to donate back to the library. The Seed Exchange meets the last Saturday of each month (except November and December) for Seed Library, Work Party, and Classes. You’re welcome to take home any of our 200 varieties of seed for your home garden from our seed library, open from 9a-12:30p. A different class each month. Free, St Stephens Church, 500 Robinson Road Sebastopol, CA, Sebastopol,

Every Sat. thru Oct ~ Sonoma Harvest Market at Sonoma Garden Park – from 9am – 1pm Fresh, sustainably-grown produce, flowers, olive oil…and more! Sonoma County Master Gardeners now staff information tables at the Saturday morning Harvest Fair at the Garden Park From 9 am to noon. Information on growing vegetables, pest problems, what to plant when, and much more is available from trained Master Gardeners. The Sonoma Garden Park is an educational campus of the Sonoma Ecology Center. It provides a beautiful, natural environment with educational opportunities for all ages. Sonoma County Master Gardeners are participating with Sonoma Ecology Center staff to teach gardening to children at Sonoma Garden Park. Sonoma Garden Park, 19996 7th St E, Sonoma, 707-996-4883,

thru – Oct 31 ~ Rohnert Park Community Organic Garden. Be part of the Rohnert Park Community Organic Garden! For a small annual fee ($25) you can have your own individual 15 by 15 feet organic garden plot. The garden is locked with a combination so only gardeners can go in. Gardeners grow and pick produce from their own individual plots. In addition to annual plot fee, each gardener must work 8 hours of community service which can be done on the first Saturday of the month. Workdays are on the first Saturday of the month, from 8 AM to 12noon. Contact George by email for further information! $25 per year for an individual garden plot, , Rohnert Park, George,,

Aug 18, 19, 20, 27 ~ Fall Crops Plant Sale and Art Show and Tours – Occidental Arts and Ecology – Member preview Friday, Aug 18 4 -6p. Saturday and Sunday 10a – 5p. Join us for the Member Preview – August 18th a small, intimate opportunity to mingle with staff and avoid the plant sale crowds. Get the first pick of our selection by donating $50 annually to OAEC and receive a 20% discount on your purchases. Artist and former OAEC garden intern Catherine Sieck will be showing and selling work that was created during her time living and working in the OAEC garden. Visit her website at Tours on Sundays (Aug 20 & 27) at 1 pm. See mature plants thriving in our 43-year-old organic gardens, the testing grounds for everything we sell in the Nursery. OAEC’s Nursery will continue to be open Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm now through October 30. 1st and 3rd Sundays 1p (April – Oct) , 2:00p Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd, Occidental, 707-874-1557,,

Aug 19 & 20 ~ You Can Dig It – Iris Class – Russian River Rose Garden. Our resident iris expert, Roxie Nall, will be at the garden on Saturday and Sunday, shovel in hand, to give a hands-on demonstration on how to dig, groom and successfully plant irises! Special iris demonstrations at 10a and 2p. No reservations needed. The garden returns with a flourish in the Autumn months. Learn how to plant and care for your irises and attract butterflies and birds to your garden. Look for events with hot tea, rose hips, music and Fall color to inspire every visitor to plant. $2.00 Donation Appreciated, no reservation needed/ Open Weekends 10am -5pm, Russian River Rose, 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg, 707-433-7455,,


Aug 26 ~ Redwood Empire Bonsai Society – Show and Demonstration.  Featuring Bonsai Master Kathy Shaner as demonstrator and club sensei. Demonstrations both days 1:00-3:00 PM. See the largest bonsai exhibition. Large vendor and member sales. Exciting silent auction or buy it now. Refreshments. Free admission and parking, Santa Rosa Veterans Building, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa,


Aug 26 ~ The Transitional Food Garden: Summer to Fall

The Master Gardener Food Gardening Specialists are presenting a free workshop: “The Transitional Food Garden: Summer to Fall.” Learn about sustainable soil practices, succession planting and winter garden care. Demonstrations and hands-on activities with fall and overwintering veggies are included. Bring your gardening hat and gloves. For more information visit Facebook Free – No Registration Required, 10:30am – Harvest for the Hungry, 1717 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa,


Aug 26 ~ Master Gardeners Library Workshops

Sonoma County Master Gardeners Spring 2017 Library Series & Workshops Jun 1 ~ Topic: A Healthcare Program for Succulents Speaker: Anne Lowings -Description: Now you have all those succulents in your garden, lets learn how to keep them healthy and looking good all year. Anne includes propagation, so you can share them with a friend. Bring any ailing succulent plants for a consultation, too. Petaluma Seed Bank, 199 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952, Phone 707-773-1336 6-8p Jun 3 ~ The Master Gardener Food Garden Specialists – The workshop includes presentations on soil/compost/mulch, IPM (integrated pest management), companion planting and transitioning your spring garden to summer. The workshop will include hands-on summer vegetable planting. Bring your sunhat, garden gloves and hand tools. No pre-registration is required. This is a free workshop. In the event of inclement weather, indoor space is available. For more information, Stony Point Community Garden, 2150 Giffen Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA (corner of Stony Point and Giffen 10:30-12:30p Aug 26 ~ The Transition Food Garden – hands-on tips for making the transition from summer to fall vegetable gardening. Harvest for the Hungry, 1717 Yulupa Ave. Santa Rosa. 10:30 -12:30p Aug 26 ~ Plant 4 Pollinators – Cheryl Veretto Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa Free 10:30 -12:30p

Free – Please Register online, ,


Aug 26 ~ The Transitional Food Garden: Summer to Fall – Master Gardener

The Master Gardener Food Gardening Specialists are presenting a free workshop: “The Transitional Food Garden: Summer to Fall.” Learn about sustainable soil practices, succession planting and winter garden care. Demonstrations and hands-on activities with fall and overwintering veggies are included. Bring your gardening hat and gloves.

No pre-registration is required., 1:03 AM – 12:30 AM, Harvest for the Hungry Garden, 1717 Yulupa Avenue, (behind the Methodist church; cross street Hoen). , Santa Rosa,



Sep 5 – Sep 7 ~ National Heirloom Exposition – Over 100 speakers from around the world. Garden and farm exhibits. Amazing organic foods. How-to farm and garden workshops. Homesteading skills and seed saving. National Seed Exchange. World’s largest heirloom produce display. Amazing folk music. Heritage poultry show. All profits go to support school garden projects and other education. Facebook – National Heirloom Exposition Facebook Page $15/Children are FREE, Sonoma County Fair Grounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, 417-924-8917,, What began in 2011 as a celebration of pure food and sustainable living has become the world’s largest annual heritage food event. Thousands of people come from around the world to the Expo to celebrate traditional crops, foods, seeds, poultry, and livestock. Featuring the largest display of heirloom produce, many small gardeners and large farmers supply an abundance of fruits and vegetables for exhibiting and tasting. More than 350 related and like-minded vendors include seed companies, tool companies, accessories, food, produce, garden products, and much more. We welcome individuals, school groups, musicians, volunteers, speakers, musicians, chef demonstrations, and much more. The fun and educational activities are sure to influence the way people view food and our sustainable future. We have an outstanding line-up of more than 100 nationally and internationally known food, farm and garden speakers that will impress even the most discerning. Visitors are entertained all day with old-time traditional music.The National Heirloom Exposition has always been and continues to be a not-for-profit event with all proceeds above expenses being donated to the local schools and educational garden projects.

Sonoma County Fair Grounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa,


Sep 9 – Sep 10 ~ Beckoning Butterflies, Birds, Bees to Your Garden- Russian River Rose Garden. At 10 am and 2 pm – The Rose Garden becomes a colorful classroom as we show you plants that will attract birds, bees, and butterflies to your garden! Not interested in the workshop then just simply visit our enchanting Rose Display Garden, with its collection of 650 varieties of antique and modern roses, surrounded by the beautiful vineyards of Dry Creek Valley. Come see an array of experts and expert information. Local specialists & enthusiasts are on hand to help you create your own haven for these important winged friends. We welcome: – Audubon Society – Hallberg Butterfly Garden – Sonoma County Bee Keeper’s Association – Master Gardeners – Bird House Maker (tentative)Visit our Nursery, brimming with butterfly, bee and bird attracting plants. Discounts on Selected Items. Nursery – The Nursery will be open and brimming with hundreds of beautiful roses & perennials, ready for fall planting. Remember – Fall is the best time to plan

$2.00 Donation Appreciated at 10a and 2p/Nursery Open Weekends 10am -5pm, Russian River Rose, 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg, 707-433-7455,,


Sep 9 ~ Food Gardening Workshop – UC Master Gardeners

The Master Gardener Food Gardening Specialists are presenting a Food Gardening Workshop in the Windsor Town Green Community Garden. Check back for content detail. The garden is on the northwest side of the Windsor Town Green, at Windsor Road and Joe Rodota Way, just off the Windsor Civic Center Parking Lot. For more information visit Facebook. Free – No Registration Required, 10:30 AMWindsor Town Green Community Garden, Windsor Road and Joe Rodota Way, Windsor,


Aug 30, Sep 7, Sep 11, Sep 27, Oct 8 ~ Join us for talks, workshops, lectures, and more! Our full schedule of events is posted on the Events Tab of our Facebook Page(Petaluma Seed Bank). Doors open 30 minutes before start time for evening events. First Thursday of every month:Lecture Series with the Sonoma County Master Gardeners. Each month is a different topin on gardening, and is always sure to educate, inform, and even entertain you. Past topics have included composting, monarch butterflies, irrigation, life in the soil, and dealing with gophers. Second Tuesday of every month: Gardener’s Bookclub. This curated bookclub reads and discusses a different gardening, sustainability, or food related book every month, with a fun follow up activity each meeting. Nominal materials fee is voluntary, but greatly appreciated. 6:00pm – 8:00 pm Second week of each month:Robert Kourik Series on Roots. An author and expert on roots, Robert presents a range of information each month, including Sustainable Tree Care, Garden Myths, California native Plants, Fungi, Fruit Nut & Veggie Roots, Drip Irrigation, Soiles for Rose, and Dynamic Accumulators. Free. 6:00pm – 8:00 pm Last Wednesday of every month:Veg-Curious Meeting. Join a varied roster of speakers discussing vegan and vegetarian concepts and issues. Delicious nibbles and recipes make it fun to explore a plant-based diet in a friendly and non-aggressive atmosphere. Free. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm January/April/July/October on the Second SundayBonsai Talk, Beginner’s Workshop, and Maintenance Class:Donald Hoisington and Bullseye Bonsai present a quarterly series on the ancient art of bonsai. In the morning it’s a presentation on the history of bonsai. 10:00amStay for the beginner’s workshop, where Donald will walk you through the entire process of creating your own bonsai, which you will take home with you! $30 materials fee. 12:30pmIn the afternoon, bring in your bonsai from home for a maintenance workshop, and Donald will help you prune, repot, or shape your bonsai. $12 materials fee. 3:00pm

Petaluma Seed Bank, 199 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma, 707-773-1336,,


Jun 19 – Dec 31 ~ Self Guided Tree Walk

Curious about what tree to plant? Love to go on information walks? Check out Healdsburg Self Guided Tree Walk. Open the PDF to see the directions with 38 different stops. Enjoy the outdoors!

Free, Town of Healdsburg, Healdsburg,


Jun 19 – Oct 15 ~ Korbel Garden Tour

Tuesday through Sunday, at 1pm and 3pm from mid-April to mid-October. Planted in the 1880s as an enhancement to the Korbel family summer home, the gardens fully came into their own a century later when our master horticulturist transformed the grounds into a magnificent array of colors, textures and aromas that shift with the seasons and the Sonoma County weather. The Korbel Gardens’ impressive collection of more than 150 varieties of roses, including the famous “Lamarque Rose,” a climbing rose that is over 100-years old – lie in hedge-lined beds in front of the circa-1882 Korbel family home. In addition, a wide range of perennials, shrubs, redwood, linden, dogwood and flowering plum trees, and plants native to the redwood forest surround the Antique Rose Garden. Our complimentary garden tours are offered Tuesday through Sunday, at 1:00pm and 3:00pm, from mid-April to mid-October. The garden is closed every Monday unless it is a holiday, in which case it will be closed on that Tuesday. The garden is closed from mid-October to mid-April. Exact dates vary. Please inquire before visiting. (707) 824-7676

Free, Korbel Winery, 13250 River Rd, 707-824-7676,



Daily Acts

Aug 16 ~ Garden Day – Sebastopol City Hall & Library Landscape, 7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol Free 10 – 12p
Aug 17 ~ Daily Acts Open House, 426 8th Street, Petaluma Free 5:30 – 7p
Aug 25 ~ Garden Day – Pocket Park LaSalle and Loretto Streets, Cotat – Free Workparty 2-4p
Sep 6 ~ Re-Imagining Your Your: Low-Water Lawn Alternatives – 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor, Free, 5:30 – 7p
Sep 14 ~ Garden Day – Cavanagh Center Food Forest, 426 8th St Petaluma Free 10 – 12p Sep 20 ~ Garden Day – Sebastopol City Hall & Library Landscape, 7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol Free 10 – 12p
Sep 21 ~ Daily Acts Open House, 426 8th Street, Petaluma Free 5:30 – 7p
Sep 22 ~ Garden Day – Pocket Park LaSalle and Loretto Streets, Cotat – Free Workparty 2-4p

Free or under $20 to attend, Daily Acts, Petaluma, 707-789-9664,



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