Home and garden events around Sonoma County

SANTA ROSA: Spring orchid show ‘Orchids in Art’

Enter the mysterious and enchanting world of some of the world’s most sought-after plants at “Orchids in Art,” April 2 and 3 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building.

Put on by the Sonoma County Orchid Society, the annual spring show features premium orchids for sale, an on-site orchid doctor to troubleshoot your orchid’s ailments, skill sessions, plants for sale by society members, a boutique with books, potting soils, bark and other garden related items and hourly drawings for prizes.

Skill sessions include talks on “Repotting Cymbidiums” at 11 a.m., “Getting your Supermarket Orchid to Bloom” at 1 p.m. and “Growing Orchids Indoors in Sonoma County” at 3 p.m. (on Saturday only).

Members will also lead tours explaining the rare and exception orchids on display.

The Carnelian Strings and Nicolette Rickles were offer live music while you stroll the show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8, free for kids under 13. 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. For information, visit sonomaorchids.com.


SEBASTOPOL: Stay ahead of the gophers

Now that spring is here, the garden thieves are trolling for dinner. Arm yourself to protect your garden by learning about gopher trapping.

Gregg Crawford, aka “The Gopher Guy,” will demonstrate his modified Cinch trap during a hands-on workshop from 10 a.m. to noon April 2 at Harmony Farm Supply and Nursery. 3244 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. To sign up, visit harmonyfarm.com or email phamilton@harmonyfarm.com.


HEALDSBURG: Learn how to grow roses

Do you want to grow roses but feel intimidated by the learning curve? The Russian River Rose Co. will offer a “Rose Gardening for Dummies” class on April 2 and 3.

Owner Jan Tolmasoff will offer tips on water-wise planting, fertilizing, mulching and grooming your roses. She will also offer live demonstrations on how to properly plant a rose. Demonstrations are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free. 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg. 433-7455 or russian-river-rose.com.


SANTA ROSA: Unique plants for ponds

Sabrina Howell, the owner of Wild Toad Nursery in Santa Rosa, has been playing with ponds for 15 years, starting with her first pond in her own backyard. Since then she has built and maintained over a dozen ponds, all designed to attract and support wildlife, particularly during the recent drought.

Howell will talk about “Water for Wildlife” on Monday during the March meeting of the Santa Rosa Garden Club.

A certified California Naturalist through the University of California’s program, she has studied horticulture at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sustainable Landscaping at Sonoma State University. She worked for several years at King’s Nursery in Santa Rosa and with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife service on its Schoolyard Habitat Program.

Howell will bring a selection of unique plants from her nursery, which will be available for purchase.

The meeting is open to nonmembers. 1 p.m. Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. For information, call 537-6885 or email gardenclubevents@yahoo.com.


SEBASTOPOL: Tips on drop irrigation

Learn the basics of drip irrigation during a free workshop today at Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery.

Certified Irrigation Designer Patricia Hamilton will focus on drip components, design and installation for trees, vines, vegetable and landscaping, as well as the various types of emitters, microsprayers, soaker-type drip hoses, timers, valves and other materials. The talk will be geared to smaller systems for homeowners. 10 a.m. to noon. To guarantee a spot, visit harmonyfarm.com or call 823-9125. 3244 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol.


SAN FRANCISCO: Golden Gate Park garden tour

The Santa Rosa Garden Club has some extra seats available for its April 6 Gardens of Golden Gate Bus Tour.

San Francisco raconteur Craig Smith will lead the tour of Golden Gate Park’s gardens.

The trip cost of $80 includes lunch at The Beach Chalet. The bus leaves at 8 a.m., with a stop in Petaluma for South County travelers. It will return at 5:30 p.m.

Deadline is Monday, March 28. For information or to reserve a seat, call 537-6885 or visit gardenclubevents@yahoo.com.

Compiled by Meg McConahey. Direct Home and Garden news to meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com or call 521-5204. Please submit items three weeks in advance of an event. On Twitter @megmcconahey.