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Sonoma County Gardeners Resource Guide

This is our 15th Annual Guide to Gardening in Sonoma County… which includes gardening resources located from Sonoma to the Coast and from Cloverdale to Petaluma. Articles are written by landscaping professionals to educate you on gardening techniques, encouraging a healthy insect population, tree care and more.

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2018-03-09Mar 9, 2018

What Is a Sanctuary Garden and How to Build One Image SourceEveryone needs a place to escape reality. That might be in the latest novel you are reading or in your own head. That doesn’t matter. What matters most is that, when you are looking to escape reality for just a little while, do you have an appropriate place to do this? Your answer might be, “Yes. I go to my bedroom” or “that’s what my living room is for.” Sure, these rooms serve their purposes but what we are suggesting is that you build a sanctuary garden on your property. If you have the means to make this happen you will find that creating a space that serves no other purpose other than for you to “get away from it all” makes the goal all the easier on you.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

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.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

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.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

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

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

There is no shortage of classes on just about any subject related to gardening, water conservation, beekeeping, botany, planting techniques, composting and canning. This list is a good place to start your gardening education!

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

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.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

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. 

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

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

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

Ah lavender.  What's not to love?  What other plant gives you so many benefits for so little effort.  It comes in all kinds of colors.  Yes, not just lavender.  But also blues and pinks and whites.  It is beneficial for so many insects in your garden, not to mention bees and butterflies. And the fragrance.  The fragrance is enchanting.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

Cultivate a habitat that is bird, fish and butterfly friendly by gardening with plants they need to survive.

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

The OAEC non-profit nursery is the outward face of our 45-year-old esteemed Mother Garden and represents an outreach into the community of the experience, work and wisdom we’ve gained from working the land in the same place since 1974.

2018-03-06Mar 6, 2018

As Sonoma’s only completely pesticide, herbicide and fungicide-free nursery, we at Sonoma Valley Wholesale Nursery have spent two decades experimenting with environmentally sustainable plant solutions. One wonderful discovery years ago was introducing chickens to control the snail and slug population. Our chickens are now such talented pest control champions that I must search high and low for the little mollusks.

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

Starting a huge environmental restoration in the aftermath of the Wine Country wildfires, more than 1,000 volunteers are gathering acorns to grow new oak trees for fire-damaged areas. Environmentalists spearheading the emergency oak brigade said so many people signed up to collect, box, and mail in acorns from the North Bay that it briefly crashed the server of the California Native Plant Society over the weekend.

2017-03-01Mar 1, 2017

This is our 14th Annual Guide to Gardening in Sonoma County… which includes gardening resources located from Sonoma to the Coast and from Cloverdale to Petaluma. Articles are written by landscaping professionals to educate you on gardening techniques, encouraging a healthy insect population, tree care and more.Please use our guide to find and support locally-owned garden businesses.  And please SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS who make this guide possible! See Below for an Advertisers Index and# onour Map to make it easy for you to find them.THANK YOU!

2018-03-05Mar 5, 2018

There is the classic idea of the garden as sanctuary — restorative, with paths to wander, nature to contemplate, butterflies and hummingbirds providing distraction as they fly among colorful flowers, the gentle sound of water, a sheltered, life-affirming place. My neighbor finds the seat by our tiny pond the perfect place to practice her daily meditation.

2018-03-02Mar 2, 2018

With a growing ecological crisis looming; including severe droughts, top soil depletion, loss of biodiversity and watershed pollution, our approach to landscaping requires a shift from degenerative to regenerative design and installation.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

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.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

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

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

Whether it's to teach business and horticulture skills to students or raising money to support a garden club's favorite project - selling plants works to the benefit of the organization selling and the gardener buying.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

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

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

Locally-grown plants are already adapted to our seasons, they thrive in our climate zone, and they do not import insects and diseases from outside our area. Laa the nurseries and plant propagor=tors on this list are Sonoma County owned and pride themselves on locally-grown plants.

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