Spring 2020

Keep Your Soil Alive: Cover Crops, Compost and Mulch – Feb 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 p
This Master Gardener Food Gardening Specialist workshop will help gardeners learn options for fall and winter care of their vegetable gardens that will keep the soil healthy, alive and ready for spring planting. Learn about the importance of soil biology and the care choices for a living garden! Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. INFO: (707) 565-2608,  sonomamg.ucanr.edu

Pruning and Caring for Fruit Trees – Feb 8 @ 11 am – 1 p
Join Master Gardener Steve Ehrmann for a workshop and discussion of the following aspects of caring for fruit trees: -Pruning fruit trees (how, why) -Rootstock considerations -Developing alternate tree Shapes
-Develop strong structural branching -Summer vs. winter pruning to contain tree height -Value of mulch (fertilization, soil tilth, water retention) -Drip irrigation at Sebastopol Regional Library
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol. INFO: (707) 565-2608sonomamg.ucanr.edu

Habitat Gardening for Pollinators and Native Birds – Feb 12, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM 
Butterflies, Birds and Bees – oh my! If you are fond of these charismatic pollinators and want to see more of them in your garden then this is the event for you! Join Daily Acts and Veronica Bowers of Native Songbird Care and Conservation for an informative afternoon discussion on how to build habitat in our gardens to support pollinators and other wildlife. During this talk you will learn how you can play a support role to our ecosystem while also creating a colorful, lush, and low-water use garden sanctuary. Explore the benefits of attracting insects and birds, and watch how your garden will transform over the months. Pollinator and habitat gardens benefit everyone, come and learn how you can get started on creating your own! Following the presentation we will take a tour of the Charles Street garden and highlight a variety of features, some of which you may not expect, that contribute to habitat and supporting pollinators. You’ll see first hand a number of plants that you can include in your garden, and Daily Acts will send you resources for rebate programs and garden design considerations. This event is FREE, thanks to the City of Cotati! at the Charles Street Village’s Community Room42 Charles Street, Cotati, CA 94931

Summer Rose Care for Hot Climates – Feb 20 – 7pm
presented by Jolene Adams – Past ARS President. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Thursday meetings are held at the Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, located at 2050 Yulupa Avenue in Santa Rosa. Refreshments are served at 7pm with a short business meeting at 7:30pm, followed by a 60‐minute educational program. INFO: http://redwoodempirerosesociety.com/events/

Gardening 101 – Feb 22, 2020 – 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Join Master Gardener Dave Gould for a workshop covering gardening basics from soil preparation to continued healthy maintenance for all plants. @ Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library
6250 Lynne Conde Way Rohnert Park, CA 94928. INFO: (707) 565-2608sonomamg.ucanr.edu

Introduction to BeekeepingFeb 22, – Mar 14, and Sept 12, 2020
Three-hour lecture on basic beekeeping information on how to get started with bees, use of equipment and what to expect in your first year. Get answers to your questions. A must have class if you are interested in keeping bees. $15. Taught by Doug Vincent, Owner and Beekeeper of  beekind. $15. 10 AM to 1 PM Held at the Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Avenue (Same as Hwy. 12) Sebastopol, CA 95472. More on bees, beekkeping and supplies as well as ordering bees at Beekind, 921 Gravenstein Hwy S., Sebastopol, CA 95472  Map & Directions  |  (707) 824-2905   |   Email
website: Beekeeping Classes and resources for bees and equipment

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop at Robbins Park – Feb 22, 2020, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Join Daily Acts and guest arborist Greg Sitter for a workshop on how to seasonally prune trees and shrubs! Late winter is the perfect time of year to prune trees and shrubs that are dormant, before they begin to bud and bloom in the early spring. Greg will give an overview of best management practices for pruning, including what tools to use for the best results. Gain hands-on experience removing limbs, thinning, selecting lead branches, making healthy cuts, and determining what to cut and what to leave! In addition to the hands-on learning aspect of this workshop, Greg will also be available to answer your questions. This is a great opportunity to gain confidence in maintaining your own trees and shrubs! This event is FREE, thanks to the Town of Windsor! We appreciate your donations that allow us to bring experts to events. While walk-ins are always welcome, please register. Robbins Park, 167 Cornell St. intersection of Billington Ln. & Dartmouth Way Windsor. REGISTER: https://dailyacts.salsalabs.org/fruittreepruningatrobbinspark/index.html

Sonoma County Seed Swap – FREE! You don’t have to bring seeds to participate. Bring seed you have saved, excess commercial seed, plants and resources to share. Label your seed variety (date & details on how saved). Seed experts will be available for questions. California Rare Fruit Growers will have scions and information. February 23, 3 – 5pm, @ Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Hwy 12, Sebastopol. communityseedexchange.org

Creating a Sustainable Suburban Garden – Feb 29, 2020, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
What is a sustainable garden and why it is so important for the future? Using visual examples of suburban gardens, Master Gardener Kim Pearson will suggest projects that will transform a typical garden into a more environmentally friendly and sustainable garden that can be both a beautiful and enjoyable outdoor space. Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma, INFO: (707) 565-2608sonomamg.ucanr.edu

Louise Hassen: Using Plants to Create Bath and Body Care Products – Mar 5, 2020, 7:00 PM
Louise will describe the botanical ingredients she uses to make lotions, soaps and scrubs, including olive oil from Sonoma growers, and crushed grape seeds from Napa Valley. When it takes 6 lbs of lavender to make an ounce of lavender oil, and 242,000 rose petals to make one-tenth of an ounce of rose oil, Louise discusses the factors that go into product formulation decisions, from wellness benefits, to cost, to environmental impact. Louise’s goal is for Sonoma Botanicals to become Sonoma’s first certified B Corporation, where purpose is balanced with profit, and customers, workers, community, and the environment have equal stakes in all aspects of the business. She will discuss what is involved to make this goal a reality.
We meet the first Thursday of each month at Burlingame Hall. Arrive at 6:30 pm to pay any outstanding dues, peruse the raffle items, and visit with other attendees during the meet-and-greet period. Then enjoy the presentation at 7:00 pm followed by a plant raffle and refreshments. Volunteers to help set up and take down tables and chairs are appreciated. Meetings are free for club members and five dollars for guests. First Congregational Church/Congregation Shir Shalom, 252 West Spain Street, Sonoma, CA. INFO: http://vom-garden-club.org/calendar/

Integrated Pest Management – March 18, 7pm
by Karen Ernsberger (Past – Redwood Empire Rose Society President, Consulting Rosarian, Horticultural and Arrangement Judge). FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Thursday meetings are held at the Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, located at 2050 Yulupa Avenue in Santa Rosa. Refreshments are served at 7pm with a short business meeting at 7:30pm, followed by a 60‐minute educational program. INFO: http://redwoodempirerosesociety.com/events/

Firewise Landscape: What You Can Do Now – One result of the latest wildfires is that we are concerned about making our homes more fire safe. This presentation provides common sense DIY tips to make your property a “Defensible Space”, reduce the “Fire Ladder”, and minimize the chance of wildland fires spreading through your landscape and burning your home. Presented by Sonoma County Master Gardener Dennis Przybycien. FREE March 14, 10:30a – 12:30p, Rincon Valley Regional Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa. INFO: (707) 565-2608, http://sonomamg.ucanr.edu/?calitem=477770

Educational Orchid Exposition & SaleMar 28, 10a-5p  — Mar 29, 10a-4p.
The Sonoma County Orchid Society proudly presents. 
Exploring Orchids, our annual show & sale on Sat 3/28 10am-5pm, Sun 3/29 10am-4pm, Santa Rosa Veteran’s Bldg, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa. Free parking. $10 admission, children 12 and under free.  A weekend full of fun, education and beautiful blooming orchids to admire, photograph and purchase!A great event for the whole family!
Skill Sessions: How to Grow & Re-bloom your Orchids: 11:00 am Saturday & Sunday
Growing & Repotting Cymbidiums: 1 pm Saturday & Sunday
Growing Orchids Outdoors in the Bay Area: 2 pm Saturday
Docent Tours: 12:00 pm both days. Learn interesting details about the rare & beautiful orchids in the displays. Shoot great photos to share on Instagram and Facebook.
Doors open at 6:30pm with plant sales and skill sessions (if scheduled) starting at 6:45. The meeting ends between 9:00 and 9:30pm.
General Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month with the exception of September (Annual BBQ & Auction) & December (Holiday Dinner). The location for all General Meetings is the Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa (across the street from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds). There is abundant & free parking.

Seed-Saving Basics If you are new to seed saving this is a perfect class to learn how to successfully grow your own seeds. Learn about plant families, integrating seed saving into a home garden, and preventing cross-pollination. Sara McCamant, Garden Manager at Ceres Community Project, will teach important information on seed-saving basics. March 28, 2020, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 500 Robinson Rd, Sebastopol. Join us for free classes 11:00am – 12:00pm the fourth Saturday of most months Come early to check out home-grown seeds from our extensive Seed Library or to visit or help out in the Community Seed Garden! INFO: https://www.communityseedexchange.org/class-schedule

Spring Tour: Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies ~ May 2 & 3, 2020,  10am-4pm
Sonoma County farmers will open their gates and barn doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at life on the farm. Families will enjoy this self-guided tour with over 35 farms in Sonoma County participating. Guests must register to receive the list of participating farms and a detailed program, along with a link to an interactive online map to help you chart your own adventure. 
Project manager: Samantha HarmonSonoma County Farm Trails .   Office:  (707)837-8896 / Cell:  (805)368-6416
Ticket Link: https://farmtrails.org/events/event/2019-01-10/spring-tour
Price: Free to register, RSVP Require

2020 Eco-Friendly Garden Tour – May 2, 2020 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Eco-Friendly Garden Tour is a public outreach and education program that promotes sustainable landscaping practices by showcasing inspiring gardens throughout Sonoma and Marin counties. The Tour highlights Russian River-Friendly and Bay-Friendly landscaping best practices, and supports Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) certified professionals by featuring their personal or client’s gardens. FREE. INFO: http://www.savingwaterpartnership.org/

 

Plant Sales for Good Causes

Petaluma Bounty’s 10th Annual Plant Sale – Apr 26, 2020, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Each year, we welcome community members to the Bounty Farm to pick up locally and sustainably grown vegetable, herb, and flower plant starts to add to your garden! We will also have Master Gardeners available to give expert advice and answer any gardening questions you may have. Plants start at $3 and we accept cash/credit/CalFresh (EBT). All proceeds benefit Petaluma Bounty programs. Whether you are an avid gardener or want to give it a try for the first time, join us and the community as we embark on a bountiful planting season! Free admission, plants start at $3. Petaluma Bounty, 55 Shasta Avenue, Petaluma

Willowside SchoolSaturdays, 9 AM to 2 PM
March 27 & 28, April 18, May 9, May 30
5299 Hall Rd, Santa Rosa  (corner of Willowside and Hall Rd) Entrance is on Willowside Road.
Our Middle School Nursery is a working nursery with student involvement. We are self-sustaining through plant sales. Rain does not cancel.  No veggies. Call Jan Lochner, 707-569 – 4724, questions, appmts. or donations. Please share this with family, neighbors & co-workers or post. INFO: https://www.ogusd.org/ Contact: 4lochs@comcast.net for questions

Valley of the Moon Garden Club Spring Plant Sale: Saturday, May 2, 2020 – 9 a.m. to noon at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476.
Over a thousand plants from 4″ pots up to one gallon in size.  Perennials, annuals, succulents, special heirloom tomato varieties and more, all at reasonable prices. Proceeds benefit local school gardens, a scholarship for a Sonoma student, special speakers at our monthly meetings, and the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Garden in Sonoma.  Fall Plant Sale date in September TBD . Questions: 707/935-8986
website: vom-garden-club.org

Every Wed ~ Luther Burbank Experiment Farm – 9-12p, 7781 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, 707-481-3488,

Ongoing ~ Vallejo Home Plant Sale – Some plants are direct-descendants of the Vallejo era. Offerings include various succulents, deer-resistant, and drought-tolerant plants. Suggested donations of $1- $7 go toward the new Landscape Plan for the Vallejo Home. Mon-Sun, 10-5p, Vallejo Home, 363 3rd St. West, Sonoma, 707-938-9558, Lynn Luzzi

 

Volunteers Needed

Share your passion for pollinators by helping our native plant garden thrive! Activities include planting, weeding, spreading wood chips, and general site cleanup. The native plant landscape includes wildflowers, grasses, sedges, trees, forbes and herbaceous plants. No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn about native plants. Training and tools will be provided, plus abundant and hearty snacks! Wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. RSVP only if you are planning on bringing a group of 5 or more. Only heavy rain cancels. (Every first Friday of the month with a break over the summer) FREE, 9-12p, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Rd., Santa Rosa, 707-527-9277, Maggie Hart, lagunafoundation.org, maggiehart@lagunafoundation.org

Garden Volunteer Day – Sink your hands into the beautiful, rich soil 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. Volunteer lunch:  Our chefs create an organic, vegetarian meal harvested from our gardens at 12:30p. What to bring:  hat, sunscreen, extra layers or rain gear depending on season, sturdy shoes and water bottle. 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. Just show up Every Wednesday, 10am – 5pm, except: The Wednesday before Thanksgiving! 15290 Coleman Valley Rd., Occidental, 707-874-1557, Doug Goslin, oaec.org

Bayer Farm Workday – Giving back to the garden – working with our community to feed ourselves. Every 3rd Saturday 9am – 12 noon FREE, Bayer Neighborhood Park and Garden, 1550 West Avenue, Santa Rosa,  707-703-3321, Jonathan Bravo, landpaths.z2systems.com/np/clients/landpaths/event.jsp?event=866, jbravo@landpaths.org

Healing Garden Installation at Veteran’s Village – Join Daily Acts for at Community Housing Sonoma County, this new tiny home site will provide housing for one of our most vulnerable populations, previously homeless veterans. We are creating a sustainable model that can be replicated. 10am – 2pm, Community Housing Sonoma County, 665 Russell Ave, Santa Rosa, 707-789-9664, dailyacts.org CONTACT US FOR DATES AND TIMES

Daily Acts Monthly Garden Days – Join us for our monthly volunteer days to give our model sites some love! Our water-wise demonstration gardens and food forests in Petaluma, Sebastopol, Windsor, and Cotati can only do their job of inspiring change when they are well maintained. These intimate programs offer the chance to get to know neighbors and staff more closely, learn the hidden secrets of each garden, and soak up the seasons. We’ll get our hands in the soil with easy garden maintenance like weeding, mulching, dead heading and planting. We’ll also present a plant of the month to satisfy your educational yearnings! We hope you will come grow the community around these special gardens, a few hours at a time.
Petaluma – Cavanagh Community Food Forest (Corner of 8th and G St.) 2nd Thursdays from 10am-12pm. Email liz@dailyacts.org for more info.
Cotati – Pocket Park Food Forest (Intersection of LaSalle & Loretto) 4th Fridays from 10am – 12pm. Email dustin@dailyacts.org for more info
Sebastopol – City Hall and Library Landscape (7140 Bodega Ave.) 3rd Wednesdays from 10am-12pm. Email liz@dailyacts.org for more info.

Larkfield Community Garden Work Day ~ Lend a helping hand at the garden on the 3rd Saturday of every month! Our volunteer workdays for the entire family are a fun and healthy way to make new friends while learning how to tend the soil, grow local food and participate in environmental stewardship. Bring a hat, sturdy shoes and a water bottle. Snacks and work gloves provided. 10 s -2p. $7 Parking fee, Maddux Ranch Regional Park,  4655 Lavell Rd., Santa Rosa, parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Play/Calendar, ProgramDirector@communitysoil.org

VOLUNTEER for LandPaths:
618 4th St. Santa Rosa, outings@landpaths.org, 707-544-7284

Stewardship Workday at Riddell Preserve  LandPaths is installing a brand spankin’ new trail system and you can be a part of it.  Free, 9a-1p, Riddell Preserve, 2575 Brack Road, Healdsburg, landpaths.z2systems.com/np/clients/landpaths/event.jsp?event=953

The Grove of Old Trees Annual Workday and Potluck   Friends of the Grove (FOG) & LandPaths welcome you to attend the work and/or food/social. Free, 8:45a, Occidental, landpaths.z2systems.com/np/clients/landpaths/event.jsp?event=985

Willow Creek Ranch Stewardship Workday with Piano Music in the Meadow – Join LandPaths ED Craig Anderson and friends as we will be clearing trails. Free, 10a – 5p, Willowcreek Watershed, Sonoma County, landpaths.z2systems.com/np/clients/landpaths/event.jsp?event=986

Andy’s Unity Park Community Garden – Help us build this vibrant community space from the ground up, Free, 10a – 1p, Andy’s Unity Park Community Garden, 329 Anteeo Way, Santa Rosa, landpaths.z2systems.com/np/clients/landpaths/event.jsp?event=873

Fitch Mountain Preserve   Maintain the trails, preserve natural resources, meet new people, learn new things. Free, 9a – 1p, Fitch Mountain Preserve, Sonoma County, landpaths.z2systems.com/np/clients/landpaths/event.jsp?event=980

Bohemia Ecological Preserve   Give nature a hand! Come and join us at the stunning, 1,000-acre Bohemia Ecological Preserve. Free, 9a – 1p, Bohemia Ecological Preserve, 6773 Bohemian Highway, Occidental, landpaths.z2systems.com/np/clients/landpaths/event.jsp?event=948

Healdsburg Open Space – Lend a hand to steward the beautiful Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve. Free, 9a – 1p, , Healdsburg, landpaths.z2systems.com/np/clients/landpaths/event.jsp?event=974

Larkfield Community Garden Work Day ~ FREE, $7 Parking, Maddux Ranch Regional Park, 4655 Lavell Rd., Santa Rosa, parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov

Sonoma Garden Park – Help our Restoration Technicians and benefit from hands-on experience propagating plants and increasing your knowledge about Sonoma Valley’s native plants and grasses. Drop-In Hours – Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, 9-1p, Sonoma Garden Park, 19996 7th St. E., Sonoma, 707-996-0712, sonomagardenpark.org/volunteer

Master Gardeners Winter Library Series & Workshops
UC Master Gardener Help Desk, ucanr.edu/sites/scmg/ NEXT Workshop in February

Ongoing:

Landscape Design Templates – There are eight landscape design templates, showcasing four different design styles. In addition, there are two plant substitution lists to help customize your new landscape. Download templates at: savingwaterpartnership.org/landscape-design-templates

Pick Your Own Garden Produce – Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue Garden Club. Community Supported Agriculture program. $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. Wildlife Rescue, 403 Mecham Rd, Petaluma, 707-992-0274scwildliferescue.org/garden-club.html

Third Saturday of every month! Larkfield Community Garden Work Day ~ FREE, $7 Parking, Maddux Ranch Regional Park, 4655 Lavell Rd., Santa Rosa., parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov

Volunteer at Sonoma Garden Park – Help our Restoration Technicians and benefit from hands-on experience propagating plants and increasing your knowledge about Sonoma Valley’s native plants and grasses. Drop-In Hours – Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, 9-1p, Sonoma Garden Park, 19996 7th St. E., Sonoma, 707-996-0712, sonomagardenpark.org/volunteer

 

 

 

 

 

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