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Garden - Landscape, Plants - Farms

If it grows and nutures life - we're interested in learning more. Please refer to our 2017 Gardeners Resource Guide for locally-owned garden businesses, plant propagators and more.

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2017-12-08Dec 8, 2017

Sonoma County has so many organizations covering a huge variety of garden interests. From fuchsias to farming, you can find your gardening community here!

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

SGN is proud to report that its summer School Garden Apprenticeship pilot program was a huge success!

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

When summer temperatures give way to the cooler days of fall, most people think that their lawn maintenance and garden upkeep disappear with the heat. However, yard maintenance is essential come fall. Check out these tips on how to have the most beautiful lawn in the neighborhood next summer.


2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Do you or your kids use our local libraries? Have you ever felt a sense of wonder in a garden? Do you just like the color and character nice gardens bring to your community? If yes, we need you!

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Fall is rolling in with fits and starts, and many of us are feeling a draw to turn inward. Like yarrow ready for deadheading, I’m feeling ready for rejuvenation, and many of you probably are too. With visions of garden grown butternut pies and freshly harvested tulsi tea, we all want a little more comfort and a little less to do.

2017-09-01Sep 1, 2017

One of the cornerstones of a well-planned garden is choosing plants for year-round blooms and seeds. Not only do new buds popping at unexpected times of year make each season more exciting for us at garden lovers, but they also provide critical habitat for wildlife at a time of year that can be food scarce for wild creatures.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

Locating underground yellowjacket nests can be a challenge that requires time and lots of patience, but it can be done. Yellowjackets look for food close to their nest - usually within 1,000 feet.

2017-08-28Aug 28, 2017

If you love to garden, to learn about horticulture, and want to share your information with others, the UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County oer you the opportunity to learn and to use your knowledge of gardening to serve the community.

2017-08-02Aug 2, 2017

While it’s already known as “the sweetest little fair in Sonoma County”, this year’sGravenstein Apple Fair becomes even sweeter, in the form of bees and honey. This year’s theme is “In Praise of Pollinators”, drawing attention to the critters, especially bees, who keep our food systems alive. 


2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

This is the time of year when many of us gardeners, if we’re lucky, have counters laden with about 100 zucchinis and all kinds of other produce pumping out of the garden

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

Most people associate Black-headed Grosbeaks with spring, when their beautiful song awakens us to freshness of new things to come. But I often think about them in August. This is when they try to slip out of our northern lands and drop down to Mexico without being noticed. I always try to catch glimpses of them quietly lurking in the streamside willow forests before they leave. I just don’t want them to leave “without saying good-bye.”


2017-12-08Dec 8, 2017

Hardscaping is the foundation of a beautiful landscape. Lumber, rocks, pavers, sand, mulch -- you'll find everything you'll need to create a beautiful garden for hours of outdoor enjoyment.

2017-03-01Mar 1, 2017

Maintaining trees for health and beauty frequently requires professionals with skills and equipment beyond the scope of homeowners and landscape companies. This work can be dangerous. Knowledge of tree structure, disease, and parasites, how weather and seasons impact growth are all important for healthy trees.

2017-03-01Mar 1, 2017

Machines make large projects easier to accomplish. If you need to purchase or maintain outdoor power equipment, here are your Sonoma County resources.

2017-03-01Mar 1, 2017

From small projects to large, these professionals install gardens, paths & retaining walls, irrigations systems, patios and decks, and provide maintenance services throughout the seasons.

2017-03-01Mar 1, 2017

Designers specialize in creating beautiful gardens and landscapes, choosing plant materials and aggregate elements, but do not necessarily install or maintain the gardens they design. They often work in concert with partner professionals that do the installation and maintenance.

2017-03-01Mar 1, 2017

Sonoma County has a wealth of opportunities and organizations to learn more about gardening, agriculture, encouraging pollinators in your garden, establishing greywater systems and more. Use this Resource Guide to learn more.

2017-12-08Dec 8, 2017

Gardens aren't merely for plants and soil. Don't forget about furniture, statues, sculptures, whimsical metal animals, old toys and rusty farm equipment to decorate your garden. 

2017-12-08Dec 8, 2017

One stop shopping for all your gardening needs! Visit one of the many garden centers in Sonoma County for plants, soil and gardening equipment.

2017-11-27Nov 27, 2017

Nature creates the best gifts!  Fall-planted bulbs are now available in our loccal nurseries*, and there are many ways to plant and gift them.  Here are 3 easy and lovely ways.

2017-11-27Nov 27, 2017

Even before the fires, oaks needed help. Populations have been in decline with seedlings and young trees nearly absent. The number of oaks killed by the fires is not known, but it is clear that many have died.

2017-11-24Nov 24, 2017

COMPOST: Technically speaking, compost is organic matter that has decomposed. The easiest way to make compost is to pile up garden refuse (plus kitchen vegetable and fruit scraps if you’re inclined) then wait a year.

2017-11-21Nov 21, 2017

Many people have asked me, “How have the birds done in the fires? What did they do?” This is a very complicated question. There are many different species of birds and they each have their unique adaptations to different environments. However, fire isn’t anything new that birds and other wildlife have not encountered in the past.

2017-10-25Oct 25, 2017

With all the fires, I’m very nervous about toxic stormwater runoff and large scale erosion. There are huge areas of denuded soil, as well as a lot of toxic ash which could lead to a pretty nasty situation in our waterways.

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