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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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2017-08-02Aug 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. 

 

2017-04-25Apr 25, 2017

One of the gardens on the spring tour will be Durs Koenig’s two and a half acres of wildlife habitat in Forestville, a place where many birds and other local creatures call home, including 100 quail. Once covered with vinca, English ivy, African cape weed, Himalayan blackberry and pampas grass, the land is now close to 65 percent native trees and shrubs.

2017-04-17Apr 17, 2017

The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency (SCWMA) is holding two public workshops onApril 19th and 27th to receive feedback on an upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) process for securing long-term organics processing capacity.

2017-04-03Apr 3, 2017

At numerous talks to Master Gardeners and Garden Clubs we are asked many of the same questions. One of the main questions is “What are your top 5 or 6 bee plants that I should plant in my garden?”

2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017

We return to Santa Rosa where 7 gardens and one home will be on display, whose owners have transformed their properties into unique expressions of their vision of beauty in harmony with the natural environment.

2017-03-28Mar 28, 2017

What’s yellow and orange and dead all over?

Bright orange streaks pop from the verdant Sonoma County landscape this spring. These are poisoned plants, treated by glyphosate. If you are like me, you may have overlooked this phenomenon, but once you know, it is impossible to ignore.

2017-03-25Mar 25, 2017

While apple blossoms sweeten the air and winter rains become more infrequent, we anxiously await the beauty of spring. The sun is slowly peaking its warm head out of the clouds, encouraging the wildflowers out of hibernation and into bloom.

2017-03-20Mar 20, 2017

Sonoma County has a rich tradition of supporting our schools and other organizations, clubs and institutions through growing starts for sales. Here is our annual list of these worthy places to buy your plants to beautify your garden.

2017-03-07Mar 7, 2017

Stone has long been a favorite building material in the garden. Its weight and mass make it a wonderful choice for retaining materials such as bark, soil, and mulch and its natural beauty has a way of fitting in to any landscape seamlessly.

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.”

 

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

“Ah summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it!”  —Russell Baker

2017-05-26May 26, 2017

Summer is nearly here, bringing with it an invitation to spend lazy days drinking in the beautiful colors, buzzing sounds and many delicious treats the garden has to offer.

2017-05-22May 22, 2017

Horticultural activities release happy hormones and help us overcome anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

2017-05-21May 21, 2017

Throughout the summer months of Northern California , we can watch our hillsides lose their spring green vibrancy, as the green melts into amber, the amber  fades into brown, and in severe drought years, the brown can dull into an ashy gray. This is because natural sources of water dry up in our Mediterranean-climate dry summers.

2017-05-08May 8, 2017

Twenty-four inspiring gardens throughout Sonoma County and North Marin, plus plant sales, workshops, talks, and sustainable landscaping information.

2017-04-27Apr 27, 2017

Some of the most hopeful news on the climate front is coming from scientists, farmers and ranchers who are developing new methods to regenerate the soil, revealing how agricultural productivity and environmental health can go hand-in-hand to confront our world’s greatest threat: climate change and humanity’s growing carbon footprint.

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