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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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2019-12-26Dec 26, 2019

Winter in our area is a forgiving season, the ground is moist, the air cool and the days short. While the main challenge in gardening is finding enough daylight hours, it feels good to be part of a renewing cycle of life. January is peak bare root season. Perfect season for getting new plants in, dividing those we like and spreading or sharing them and editing those that we don’t like. Its especially important to get those native plants in the ground soon.


2019-03-01Mar 1, 2019

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.

2019-12-05Dec 5, 2019

End of year. For many the end of the calendar year  is  the time of year your landscape is moving at its slowest pace, even though it is simultaneously waking up for next year, the changes are subtle.  Every month is another chance to re-evaluate you garden or landscape.The leaves have fallen, and your space is at its most naked; it’s a good chance to evaluate what failed or bothers you, and what you want your garden to become. 

2019-12-02Dec 2, 2019

As the seasons change, gardeners everywhere are tempted to pack away the shears for a few months, while others get creative and bring their garden indoors.Thehealth benefits  of gardening can be felt at any age, so it makes sense why more and more growers are finding ways to set up successful indoor gardens without investing in a state-of-the-art greenhouse. If you’re one of the people searching for a way to keep up the healthy hobby, consider transforming your garage into an indoor growing space.


2019-10-28Oct 28, 2019

This is a good time of year to appreciate the abundance of the previous season and start thinking about the promise of the next. Enjoy the colors of the foliage, late fruits, and veggies. There is a tendency as things go dormant to over-clean our landscapes, removing every leaf and excess twig and fallen fruit or seed head. Since we are likely to be beyond the prime fire season, give your space some breathing room, there are many months ahead to clean up, and many forms of life that need some of these resources to survive. Few images are more autumnal than leaves on the ground.

2019-09-26Sep 26, 2019

Fall Ahead. Anyone traveling down our backroads experiences drifts of leaves flying hither and yon, tints of red and yellow in the trees and underbrush, and that exhausted look of once golden grasses giving their last gasp in beige. We may feel this exhaustion too in our gardens, or how they look. It’s time to slow down. Don’t rush to cut everything down or heaped on the compost pile, allow some of the late fruits, seeds and such to feed the wildlife whose very lives depend on how they can stock up.  Consider letting some of your fallen leaves remain on the ground to help develop the soil.

2019-09-18Sep 18, 2019

With rising costs in everything on the market today, people are starting to search for natural and organic ways to save money and recycle. But what should you use for nutrients to ensure optimal growing without having to pump your produce full of chemicals or worse? Compost is a great idea that allows a person to recycle food scraps into productive waste as well as help the environment in the process. 

2019-08-30Aug 30, 2019

There are common-sense ways of reducing fire risk. Reducing vegetation can reduce fire intensity and speed.  Keep flammable mulch and excess fuel away from structures. Create gaps in combustible fencing near structures.  Make areas around structures lush and adequately watered. In a wind-driven fire-storm, no habitat with any vegetation is safe though, and people should be prepared to speedily evacuate and save themselves, loved ones and pets.  In the Tubbs Fire (2017), wind-driven fires crossed freeways and burned buildings surrounded by parking lots. 

2019-08-29Aug 29, 2019

I sat with Mike Boss in a rustic gazebo on the grounds of his newly acquired 7 acre horticultural preserve outside Sebastopol, CA. Now renamed the Hidden Forest Nursery, for decades it operated as Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, specializing in rhododendrons and azaleas and featuring rare botanical wonders along its beautiful forested garden paths. 

2019-03-01Mar 1, 2019

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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