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Spring 2018

Volunteers Needed

Thru – Mar 15 ~ Volunteer at Luther Burbank Home & GardensInformational interviews take place in Feb, with Volunteer training Saturdays in late Feb & early Mar. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, 204 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 707-524-5445,,

By Date

Mar 15 ~ Robin Stockwell -The Succulent Guy ~ Santa Rosa Garden ClubHis talk will share his “different perspective” on succulents which was instrumental in new ways to use succulents. Proceeds support Santa Rosa Garden Club’s educational programs and projects including scholarships at SRJC and local community gardens.$25 Must be purchased in advance, 2-4p, Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-953-4241,,

Mar 17 ~ Larkfield Community – All are welcome, and there will be fun activities for kids. We will provide work gloves, drinking water and snacks. 10-2p; Maddux Ranch park, 450 Noonan Ranch Lane, Santa Rosa,,

Mar 24 ~ Getting Your Food Garden Ready for Spring – Learn what spring crops can be planted now and options for providing an ideal growing environment–from incorporating a winter cover crop to adding organic matter and mulch. Demonstration food and pollinator garden. No registration is required. Spanish translation will be available. FREE; 10:30 – 12:30; Bayer Farm 1550 West Avenue, Santa Rosa (across the street from Sheppard School; street parking)

Mar 24 ~ Grow in the Garden: Bilingual Event “When you plant trees, you plant the seeds of peace and hope.” – Wangari Maathai, Kenyan Biologist and Ecologist FREE; 1-4p; This outing is free, made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District’s work with a quarter-cent sales tax. Alana at Sonoma Ecology Center. 707-591-1726 or

Mar 26 ~ Urban Farming & Backyard Sustainability ~ Jonathan Bravo of LandPaths He has been dedicated to the field of education and involved in community action for many years. His life philosophy, “what you seed you will harvest.” Donation requested, 7-9p, Carpenter’s Hall, 1700 Corby Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-877-6650,

Mar 31~ Community Seed Exchange Join us in creating a seed library of locally grown organic seed and a network of seed savers in Sonoma County. Work Party; 9-10:30; FREE Classes; 11-12p 9-12p, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 500 Robinson Rd., Sebastopol,

Apr 1 ~ Public Tours ~ Occidental Arts & Ecology Center An 80-acre research, demonstration, education, advocacy and community-organizing center. FREE; 1-2:30p, Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd., Occidental, 707-874-1557,

Apr 7 – Apr 8 ~ How to Have a Happy Rose Garden or Rose Gardening for Dummies ~ The Russian River Rose Company Jan ‘The Rose Lady’ will offer tips on water-wise planting, fertilizing, mulching grooming your roses for the whole year. Nursery and Garden Open 10-5. $2.00 Donation; 10a and 2p, The Russian River Rose Company, 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg, 707-433-7455,

Daily Acts ~ March

Mar 7 ~ Workshop: Dream & Design Your Garden – Hands-on evening to develop an individualized landscape design and get growing towards your own water-wise garden paradise! FREE; 6-7:30p; Cotati Room, 216 East School Street, Cotati (Located behind the Ray Miller Community Center). Registration

Mar 8 ~ Garden Day: Cavanagh Center Food Forest – Our monthly volunteer program in Petaluma to give our model landscapes site some consistent love. FREE 10-12p Cavanagh Center Food Forest located at 426 8th Street, Petaluma Registration

Mar 10 ~ Living Well in Toxic Times: Integrative Self-Care Tools for Fire Recovery & Resilience – Experts share self-care tools that you can use to reduce exposure, naturally detoxify, and build resilient health. $0-$20; 10-1p; 6000 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. Registration

Mar 23 ~ Garden Day: Pocket Park – Volunteer days to give Pocket Park some love! We’ll also present a plant of the month to satisfy your educational yearnings! FREE 2-4p Cotati Pocket Park located at the intersection of LaSalle and Loretto Streets, Cotati.Registration

Mar 24 ~ Work party: Creating the Living, Learning Landscape at the Petaluma Library! – We’re creating a water-wise, landscape there so people can take their quest for knowledge outside. FREE; 10-3p; 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. Registration, 707-789-9664,,

Master Gardener

Mar 1 ~ A Healthy Gardens Approach to Managing Weeds ~ Valley of the Moon Garden Club – DJ DeProspero talks of dealing with garden pests in a way that considers the whole ecosystem, not just the pest. $5 at the door, Members FREE, 6:30pSonoma Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First Street West, Sonoma,

UC Master Gardener Program Winter Library Series & Workshops

Mar 3 ~ A Healthy Gardens Approach to Managing Weeds – Integrated Pest Management, a method of dealing with garden pests in a way that considers the whole ecosystem. FREE; 10:30-12:30p; Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper St., Healdsburg;

Mar 3 ~ The Option of Straw Bale Gardening – An alternative for the beginner gardener, a way of adaptive gardening for the disabled gardener, or with limited space. FREE; 10:30-12:30p; Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa;

Mar 3 ~ Gardening for Pollinators – Learn the elements essential to a garden so that you can start attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your yard! FREE; 10:30-12:30p; Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor;

Mar 10 ~ Plant4Bees – Learn how you can create a garden that can provide flowers high in nectar and pollen in all 4 seasons. FREE; 10:30-12:30p; Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville;

Mar 10 ~ Don’t Step on It, It’s Alive: An Introduction to Soil – Covers the living nature of soil, dimensions of soil health, good and bad practices, and carbon sequestration. FREE; 10:30-12:30p; Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol;

Mar 24 ~ Getting Your Food Garden Ready for Spring – Options for providing your crops an ideal growing environment, from winter cover crops to adding organic matter and mulch. FREE; 10:30-12:30p; Bayer Farm Community Garden, 1550 West Avenue, Santa Rosa;

Mar 24 ~ Supermarket Orchid Survival Class – Don’t throw it away. Ann’s workshop will teach how to keep it alive and blooming for many years. FREE; 10:30-12:30p; Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville;

Mar 24 ~ Gardening 101: Just the Basics – Dave covers the basics from soil preparation to continued healthy maintenance for all plants. FREE; 10:30-12:30p; Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma;

Mar 24 ~ A Healthy Gardens’ Approach to Managing Weeds – Giving gardeners a set of strategies and tools to manage weeds while minimizing risks to people and the environment. FREE; 10:30-12:30p; Sonoma Valley Library, 755 West Napa St., Sonoma;

Plant Sales for a Good Cause

Luther Burbank Experiment Farm – Gold Ridge
Every Wed ~ 9-12p
7781 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol
Plant Sale Calendar INFO:

Santa Rosa Junior College
Feb 9; Mar 9; Apr 13 ~ 10-2p;
May 6 Day
Under the Oaks ~ 10-4p
1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
Lark Hall Greenhouse, same building as Planetarium
Plants sales are student and volunteer-run with all proceeds going towards Horticulture Student Scholarships.
All Plant Sales are located in the Lark Hall Greenhouse, the same building as the Planetarium. Parking is available for a small fee in the Bech Parking Lot off Elliott Ave. Free parking up to one hour in the surrounding neighborhood. Cash, Check and Credit Cards are accepted.

Willowside School Nursery
Mar 3 & 4, Apr 14, May 5 & 26, Jun 16, Aug 18, Sep 8 & 29, Oct 20, Nov 10, Dec 1 ~ 9-2p
5299 Hall Rd., Santa Rosa (Entrance on Willowside Rd.)
Working middle school nursery with student involvement. Variety of low water and drought-tolerant perennials, California natives, a multitude of succulents, grasses, salvias, and plants to invite insects, butterflies, and hummingbirds. $4 for 1-gallon container. Japanese Maples 3-6 ft tall at $25 to $50 per tree! Rain does not cancel. No veggies.
INFO: 707-569-4724,

Santa Rosa Garden Club – Robin Stockwell -The Succulent Guy
Mar 15 ~ 2-4p
Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center
2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa
His talk will share his “different perspective” on succulents which was instrumental in new ways to use succulents. Stockwell created Succulent Gardens in Castroville, a 3-acre mecca for all things succulent.  From floral arrangements to vertical gardens. His work caught the eye of designer/retailer Flora Grubb in San Francisco and garden writer Debra Lee Baldwin, bringing the beauty of succulents to a wider audience. Robin successfully drafted 40 years of hands-on knowledge into just one book, Succulents: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Designing and Growing 200 Easy-Care Plants, a bestseller just a few weeks after its release. Books will be sold and autographed at the event, and one lucky attendee will win a book!
Stockwell’s book looks at a number of different design trends and shows how to use succulents for best visual impact in a variety of situations. At the same time, it’s also a succulent selection guide, with detailed information and photographs of some of the most popular and appealing varieties and cultivars. Crafters, too, will find plenty to interest them, with instructions included in the book on how to create succulent wreaths and other projects for the home and garden. Proceeds support Santa Rosa Garden Club’s educational programs and projects including scholarships at SRJC and local community gardens. $25 Tickets must be purchaced in advance.,, (707) 953-4241

The Sonoma County Orchid Society
Mar 31 ~ 10-5p; Apr 1 ~ 10-4p
Santa Rosa Vets Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa
Large, beautiful displays of orchids including award-winning plants from society members and numerous vendors. Free skill sessions on growing orchids, free docent tours of the display and The Orchid Doctor who can help diagnose what ails your orchid. You’ll find a large selection of different kinds of orchids and succulents to buy, photograph and admire – so many more varieties than available in stores and nurseries. Benefiting the Sonoma County Orchid Society, a local non-profit. $8 Admission.

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Organic Nursery
Apr 1 – Oct 31, Fri-Sun ~ 10-5p
15290 Coleman Valley Rd., Occidental 95465
Hundreds of varieties of 100% CCOF Certified Organic, open-pollinated, heirloom vegetables, flowers and culinary and medicinal herbs, many started from our own seed collection and propagated from plants in our “Mother Garden.” Proceeds from the nursery benefit OAEC’s non-profit mission to preserve bio-cultural diversity and promote ecological literacy through its programs and partnerships. Garden tours available.
INFO: 707-874-1557 –

Petaluma Garden Club
Apr 7 ~ 9-2p Rain or Shine!

1151 Magnolia Ave., Petaluma
You will be able to choose from a great selection of organic vegetables, perennials, succulents, all grown and nurtured with the expert skills of our members. We will also feature an area of succulent gardens, fairy gardens, bird seed feeders and other garden-related items. Proceeds will go toward educational programs promoting sustainable gardening and conservation.

Sonoma County Jail Plant Sale Nursery & Teaching Garden
Apr 7, May 5, Sep 8, Oct 6 ~ 9-12p
2254 Ordinance Rd., Santa Rosa
Plants are grown by inmates using compost, no fertilizers or pesticides. All sales income is used to provide project-based education to inmates. California Native & drought tolerant shrubs, perennials, succulents, groundcovers, fruit & ornamental trees, spring vegetable starts. Sonoma County Master Gardeners will be on site to help you select appropriate plants for your garden and answer questions. Nursery; Rick Stern- 707-525-8310;
INFO: Jail Industries

Harvest for the Hungry Garden
Apr 14 ~ 9-2p
1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa (behind Christ Church United Methodist)
Over 100 varieties of tomatoes and dozens of varieties of peppers, squashes, eggplants, cucumbers, melons, herbs and some other edibles. In addition, there will be ornamental plants, garden art, books and gently used garden tools for sale. This sale is the outstanding garden charity event of the spring in Sonoma County. The prices are modest and every penny goes to support the garden and other charities committed to feeding the hungry with sustainable garden practices. Master Gardeners will be available to give planting and gardening advice.

Men’s Garden Club
Apr 14 ~ 9-7p; Apr 15 ~ 9-5p
Coddingtown Mall, Guerneville Rd. & Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa, Inside the Mall, not in the parking lot.
Many varieties of Geraniums and approximately 50 varieties of Tomatoes. Plus, many varieties of succulents, both individual and dish gardens.
INFO: President: Chet Wilson, Santa Rosa,

Santa Rosa Garden Club
Apr 14 ~ 9-2p Rain or Shine!
Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa
A large variety of healthy plants propagated members—with emphasis on drought-tolerant plants including succulents and perennials. We also offer deer resistant plants. An amazing array of succulents will be offered, many in unique and fun containers. Our highly knowledgeable members will be available to assist you in making your selections. Sale also includes our ever popular indoor “garage sale” with garden-related items and other fun finds. Proceeds support Santa Rosa Garden Club’s educational programs and projects including funding scholarships for students majoring in horticulture at Santa Rosa Junior College, community gardens and other special club projects.

Green Thumb Garden Club
Apr 21 ~ 9-2p
750 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Ace Hardware parking lot
Members offer plants that they have grown or transplanted from their own gardens. These include tomato plants and other vegetable starts, succulents, drought-tolerant transplants and an interesting variety of outdoor and house plants. Check out the white elephant table for interesting gardening finds.   This fundraising event goes toward scholarships for Cloverdale students plus the civic projects our club sponsors in our city including the Vet’s Memorial at the Cloverdale and the History Center’s Garden.

Windsor Garden Club
Apr 22 ~ 10-2p – Spring Plant Sale at Green Earth Day Health and Wellness Festival.
Windsor Town Green, McClellan and Market St., Windsor
Oct 28 ~ 10-1p – Succulent Topped Pumpkin Sale
Community Garden on the corner of Windsor Rd and Joe Redota Drive., Windsor

Petaluma Bounty  
Apr 22 ~ 9-3p – 8th Annual Spring Plant Sale & Community Gathering
55 Shasta Ave. Petaluma
Suzi Grady 707-364-9118
There will be thousands of plants for sale, with over 25
varieties of affordably priced vegetables, herbs and flowers to choose from, everyone is sure to find something for their garden! There will be popular favorites including heirloom tomatoes, sungolds, hot and sweet peppers,
onions, leeks, lettuce, chard, kale, specialty greens, cabbage, broccoli, melons, winter and summer squash, beans, and herbs and flowers round out the selection!

Learn from local gardening experts which varieties will do best in your garden and how to get seedlings off to a healthy start. Proceeds from the Annual Spring Plant Sale support the Bounty Community Farm Programs
and other initiatives that provide healthy food to low-income families and seniors that may not otherwise be able to afford it. Grow your own food while helping others grow theirs!

Veggie seedlings ready for planting will start at $3.00. Thanks to our sponsors, Petaluma Bounty will be offering a dollar for dollar match, up to $20, for anyone purchasing their edible plants
with CalFresh (EBT)! We will gladly accept EBT cards, cash and credit for payment at this event. For Children Of All Ages! We will have children’s activities and an art station for fun garden-related projects. For a good time! Please join us at the Bounty Community Farm to learn more about Petaluma Bounty programs at our information table and learn about gardening practices from local experts.
We will have live music part of the day from a local band.

Graton Community Club
Apr 27,28 ~ 9-4p
8896 Graton Rd, Graton, at the corner of Graton Rd. and Edison St.
Don’t miss the huge sale including hundreds of tomato and other veggie starts, succulents, perennials, drought-tolerant plants and others. Also available are handmade novelties and recycled treasures, a raffle, and garden art. A $10 lunch is served both days from 11-2p, with coffee, tea, and desserts available all day. This event benefits a scholarship program for JC students and a building capital campaign to preserve our historic clubhouse.
INFO: 707-829-5314 –

Santa Rosa Iris Society
Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa

Apr 28 ~ 1-5p; Apr 29 ~ 10-5p – Potted Iris Sale & Show.
Sep 8 ~ 9-3p – Bare Root Iris Rhizome Sale. Revenues help support the educational iris display garden at Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, and the Society’s “Irises for Schools” and American Iris Society’s “Classroom Iris” Projects.
Sep 11-13 ~ 9-9p – Heirloom Expo BOOTH
Sonoma County Fair Grounds 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa

Healdsburg Garden Club
Apr 28 ~ 9a-10p
Healdsburg Senior Living Center, 725 Grove St., Healdsburg
A wide variety of well-priced and well-maintained plants will be available, propagated from member’ gardens. Heirloom tomatoes and water-wise plants such as succulents will be featured. Garden Services: your clippers sharpened-$5, your orchid repotted-$5, your gardening questions answered and medical marijuana information-free! Eat: breakfast served $5, lunch $8. Better yet, stay for both only $10! Proceeds go toward college scholarships to Healdsburg High, Geyserville High, and Santa Rosa JC students!

Redwood Empire Rose Society
May 5 ~ 1-4p
Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa
Roses for sale grown by members of the Rose Society plus we offer companion plants for your rose garden. Sale benefits the display Rose Garden upkeep at Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center and the presentation of the annual Rose Show.

Hessel Community Guild
May 12 ~ 8-2p
5400 Blank Rd., Sebastopol
Hessel Community Guild invites you to our annual spring plant sale featuring a large variety of annual and perennial landscape plants, plus hundreds of vegetable starts to choose from. We’ll also have a fun ‘Green Elephant’ area filled with garden-related items plus handmade local crafts for sale. Coffee, tea and baked goods will be available by donation. Proceeds from the sale go to our building maintenance and program funds.

Milo Baker Chapter—California Native Plant Society
Oct 13 ~ 9-1p
Santa Rosa Vet’s Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa
Featuring California Native Shrubs, Perennials, Bulbs and Seeds. Expert gardeners available for cultural information. Sale funds scholarships at the SRJC and SSU; public education about CA native plants. INFO:

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