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Discover the world of pollinators

Take a guided tour into the world of pollinators, led by members of the Valley of the Moon Garden Club.

The group’s face-to-face meeting on October 7 will feature a presentation titled “Pollinators: The Little People Who Run the World”. Members of the gardening club that run the Monarch Pollinator Garden in Sonoma will show you how you can help these essential creatures thrive. This is especially important in a place like Sonoma County, where a monoculture of vines does not produce the nectar needed to feed the bees and other insects needed to produce more than 85% of the world’s food crops.

In addition to supporting human nutrition, insect pollination is essential for plants that provide food for 25% of all birds as well as mammals ranging from small herbivores to grizzly bears. Pollinators are threatened by habitat loss, pesticides and introduced diseases. Individual gardeners can help by creating habitat strips for them.

The meeting will be held in person at 7:00 pm in the Burlingame Room of the First Congregational Church, 252 W. Spain St., Sonoma. Chairs will be spaced for social distancing, and masks are mandatory and will be provided, if necessary. There is a welcome session at 6.30 p.m. before the meeting. The cost is free for club members and $ 5 for non-members, which can be applied to membership.

The problem with fire-safe facility listings

Steve Swain, Environmental Horticultural Advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension in Marin and Sonoma Counties, will talk about the issue of fireproof plant lists, lists of plants deemed less flammable than d others in forest fires, in a free online presentation on October 6. .

Swain will explore the origin of fireproof plant lists, the pitfalls of the claims they make, the lack of research on the topic, and the practical problems with plant lists. He will also discuss ways to work around these issues individually and in your neighborhood.

To subscribe to a link, visit sonoma.edu/plant-lists. For more information contact [email protected] or call 707-888-5616.

Garden book dedication to Emerisa

Two local authors of new gardening books will be at the retail nursery in Emerisa today to sign their books and talk to other gardeners.

Frédérique Lavoipierre will be present with her new book, “Garden Allies: The Insects, Birds & Other Animals That Keep Your Garden Beautiful and Thriving”, which takes a different approach to the so-called garden pests – seeing them as part of the ecosystem rather than enemies that must be eliminated.

Robert Kourik, a veteran of the low-water gardening movement, will also make an appearance. His latest book is “Sustainable Food Gardens: Myths and Solutions”, a comprehensive 486-page guide with 450 illustrations.

Authors will be available from 11 a.m. to 4:55 p.m. Irwin Ave., Santa Rosa.

Native trees of North Bay

Master gardener Bill Klausing will talk about native trees in North Bay during a free webinar on October 9.

Adding a single native tree to your garden can dramatically increase the biodiversity of your entire landscape. Klausing will explain how to choose the right native trees that will best suit your property, along with the appropriate sizes, shapes, and growth rates.

Registration is required to receive a Zoom link for the webinar. Visit sonomamg.ucanr.edu to receive a link.

Sale of plants from the Valley of the Moon

The Valley of the Moon Garden Club is having a huge sale of plants on October 9 to grow your garden before winter sets in.

Look for succulents, perennials, herbs, annuals, and plants from member gardens. 9 a.m. to noon at Altimira Middle School, 17805 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. COVID-19 protocols will be respected. For more information, visit vom-garden-club.org or call 707-935-8986.

You can contact editor Meg McConahey at 707-521-5204 or [email protected] On Twitter @megmcconahey.


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