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Published: Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 4:02 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 4, 2013 at 8:52 a.m.

SONOMA / SANTA ROSA: Volunteer opportunities, for the garden-minded

Volunteering in a community or public garden can be a great way to learn new skills and even polish your green thumb, locally.

Both the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens and The Sonoma Garden Park are actively looking for helping hands.

Applications are being taken now for the Burbank Home's annual training. Learn how to be a docent, work in the gift shop or help out in the historic garden located at the corner of Santa Rosa and Sonoma avenues in downtown Santa Rosa.

Docents and shop staff are required to fill three shifts per month during the tour season from April through October. Gardeners are asked to put in a few mornings a month throughout the year.

Volunteers have benefits, like invitations to volunteer luncheons and opportunities to plan and participate in special events and serve on committees where their skills and experience might come in handy.

Interviews are conducted in advance of the training, which is March 2,9 and 16. For information, call 524-5445 or email

Helping out in the Sonoma Garden Park is less formal. Volunteers need only come by on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help out in the nursery, learning how to grow local native plants, vegetables and perennials and helping with nursery maintenance and upkeep.

All ages and skill levels are welcome although kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves and a refillable water bottle and be prepared to get dirty. Some snacks will be provided.

The garden is at 19996 Seventh St. E., Sonoma. For information, call 996-0712 ext. 113 or email

SONOMA COUNTY: Workshops on pruning fruit trees

Now is the time to take care of your fruit trees, and several workshops are planned to help you tackle the task more effectively.

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners will give a free talk on winter care and pruning of fruit trees from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave. Bryan Healey will provide practical advice on how to select and care for bare root and container grown fruit and citrus trees. For information, call 565-2608 or visit

Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery in Sebastopol will host a workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 9. Expert David Beazlie will emphasize the simple, high-yielding "central leader" style of pruning at the free, hands-on workshop. Classes are limited to 30, so registration is necessary. Sign up online at Students should bring their own hand or lopping shears and dress warmly. Harmony is located at 3244 Gravenstein Highway N., Sebastopol. For information, call 823-9125.

SONOMA COUNTY: Library talks by Master Gardeners

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners have a full line-up of educational workshops scheduled for various libraries throughout the county. All the talks are held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and are free. For information call 565-2608 or visit


All About Mason Bees: An introduction to making your landscape a magnet for these native bees. Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Lessons Learned From My Garden: David Gould will share some of the wisdom of his experience on a broad range of topics, from planting fruit trees to rototilling, pruning, composting and maintenance. The class will be at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W.Napa St., Sonoma.

Work Smarter, Not Harder in the Garden: Pauline Haro will give tips on how to be more efficient when tending to your garden choices, with advice on controlling weeds, putting the right plant in the right place and planning ahead. Held at the Windsor Library, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 100.

February 9

Grow Your Own Wine: Learn step-by-step how to grow quality wine grapes on your property, however small. Held at the Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road.

SEBASTOPOL: Armchair tour of great world gardens

Veteran travel writer and photographer Yvonne Horn will lead an armchair tour of the world's gardens at the Sebastopol Library.

The PowerPoint program, "The Traveling Gardener: Exploring the World One Garden at a Time," stops at whimsical gardens, gardens that reflect the passion of their creator and gardens with intriguing back stories. The 2 p.m. talk is put on by Friends of the Library, 7140 Bodega Ave. 823-7691.

(You can direct Home and Garden news to Meg McConahey at 521-5204 or

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