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A Day of Food and Flowers with the Experts


A Day of Food and Flowers with the Experts

Ever wonder what to do with too many zucchinis, or how to preserve Gravenstein Apples for year-round enjoyment? Do you want to learn how to freeze or dry food, or how to create a beautiful arrangement using flowers from your garden?  On Saturday, August 3, 2013, the Valley of the Moon Garden Club will be presenting special and fun food preservation classes in the kitchen at the Sonoma Community Center from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM and a flower arranging class in Room 110 from 2 to 4 PM.

In addition to the classes, there will be a public Flower Show in Room 110 from 10 AM to 2 PM. All gardeners are invited to bring a single stem of a flower from their garden or an arrangement in a vase between 9:00 and 10:00 AM. to exhibit that day.  Flowers can be picked-up between 4 and 5 P.M or the Club will donate them to an elder home.

The flower arranging demonstration and class at 2:00 PM will be conducted by local flower professional Jenise Kneeland, former owner of Bancroft’s Flowers and a floral designer with more than 20 years experience.  Food preservation demonstrations and workshops will be conducted by Phina Borgeson of the Redwood Empire Rare Fruit Group, Julie Cebula, Siga Weber, Bonnie Brown, Linda Bergman, and Mary Martinez.

The day includes step-by-step workshops in canning, jamming and preserving, chutney making, food dehydration and freezing and the “art of gleaning”. Tasting samples and written directions will be provided.

The schedule:
9:30 AM: "Sharing and Extending the Harvest", a general introduction to food preservation framed around all the things you can do with all those zucchinis, cucumbers, apples, i.e. pickle relish, baking, drying.  
11 AM: Food drying/dehydration, freezer storing, and preserving the Gravenstein Apple.
12 Noon: Jamming and preserving fruit.
1 PM: Chutney making.
2 PM: Flower arranging with Jenise Kneeland who will demonstrate how to make an arrangement, a hand held bouquet and a corsage, including information on tools and suppliers.

Contact Bonnie Brown 935-8986 for additional information regarding flower arranging. Contact Johanna Patri 996-6412 for additional information regarding food preservation.
Reservations and advanced tickets are required, as workshops are limited. Cost of all four food preservation workshops is $20 total. Cost of the flower arranging workshop is $15. Please e-mail your reservation for classes to or call Bonnie Brown at 707/935-8986. If room allows, tickets for $10.00 for each food preservation class and $20 for the floral class can be purchased at the door the day of the event.

A box lunch made by Lovin’ Oven may be purchased for $10 or you may bring your own. Information will be provided when you register.