Free-falling garden workshops focusing on roses and wildlife
make more roses
Learn the magic of growing roses by cuttings at a free talk on Thursday.
The Redwood Empire Rose Society will host Burling Leong of Burlington Rose Nursery in Visalia, who will demonstrate the art of rose propagation. She will also have roses for sale.
For over 50 years, Leong has specialized in breeding, breeding, collecting and preserving rare and hard-to-find roses. She has restored historic rose gardens across the country, including Hearst Castle, Huntington Botanical Rose Garden, Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Museum, Roy Rogers State Park, Brooklyn Botanical Rose Garden, and Chicago Botanical Rose Garden.
The conference will take place at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge, but donations are welcome. Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. Refreshments will be served and a short business meeting will precede the talk at 6:00 p.m. Visit redwoodempirerosesociety.com.
Author, botanist talks about the state’s plant biodiversity
California is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, with more than 6,000 native plants, many of which are found nowhere else.
The Sonoma County Master Gardeners will host Matt Ritter, award-winning author, botanist and professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, for a presentation Wednesday on California’s native plants and urban forests. Ritter will lead a photographic tour of the state, focusing on its natural and cultural history through plants. It will highlight interesting native flora and trees we are planting in our cities and discuss how we can improve our planting choices.
The talk, which marks the 40th anniversary of the Master Gardeners, begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a book signing and refreshments. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased by Tuesday noon. Visit sonomamg.ucanr.edu.
Fall Flower Show and Return of Plant Sales
The Graton Community Club is holding its traditional Fall Flower Show this weekend.
The historic clubhouse in downtown Graton will be bursting with flowers, plants for sale, new crafts and upcycled treasures. A dinner with homemade desserts will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday for $15 and live music will add to the festive atmosphere. Free entry. The event, with proceeds going to scholarships for Santa Rosa Junior College students, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 8996 Graton Road in Graton. Call 707-829-5314 or visit gratoncommunityclub.org for more information.
Create a habitat that invites butterflies
Learn how to create a habitat that attracts butterflies and caterpillars at a free Sonoma County Master Gardeners Lecture Oct. 22 at the Guerneville Regional Library.
Suzanne Clarke will share what butterflies need to survive and what home gardeners can do to help them.
Registration is mandatory. Go to bit.ly/3S57TlM to complete your registration. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the library conference. The talk will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at 14107 Armstrong Woods Road in Guerneville.
Supporting nature in a changing world
Home gardeners can have a significant impact on the natural world. Learn how at a free lecture Oct. 22 hosted by Sonoma County Master Gardeners.
The workshop will share scientific principles about local ecosystems to help people support wildlife in their own gardens. It will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd. in Sainte Rose. Registration is required at sonomamg.ucanr.edu.
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