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Look into the world of pollinators

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

The group’s face-to-face meeting on October 7th will be devoted to the presentation “Pollinators: The Little Ones That Rule The World”. Garden club members who manage Sonoma’s Monarch Pollinator Garden show how you can help these vital creatures thrive. This is especially important in a place like Sonoma County, where a monoculture of grape vineyards does not produce the nectar needed to support honeybees and other insects needed to produce more than 85% of the world’s food crops.

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

The meeting will be held in person at 7:00 p.m. at Burlingame Hall, First Congregational Church, 252 W. Spain St., Sonoma. Chairs are separated for social distancing and masks are required and provided when needed. Before the meeting, there will be a meet-and-greet at 6.30 p.m. The cost is free for club members and $ 5 for non-members, which can be applied to membership.

The problem with fireproof system lists

Steve Swain, Environmental Horticultural Advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension of Marin and Sonoma County, will speak during a free online presentation on October 6th about the problem with fireproof plant lists, lists of plants considered less flammable than others in forest fires .

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

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

Book signing in the garden at Emerisa

Two local authors of new gardening books will be at Emerisa’s retail nursery today to sign their books and speak to fellow gardeners.

Frederique Lavoipierre will be there with her new book “Garden Allies: The Insects, Birds & Other Animals That Keep Your Garden Beautiful and Thriving”, which takes a different approach to so-called garden pests – seeing them as part of the ecosystem not as enemies that must be eliminated.

Robert Kourik, a veteran of the low-water gardening movement, will also be there. His latest book is Sustainable Food Gardens: Myths and Solutions, a comprehensive shelf guide of 486 pages with 450 illustrations.

The authors are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 555 Irwin Ave., Santa Rosa.

Native trees of the north bay

Master Gardener Bill Klausing will speak about native trees of the North Bay during a free webinar on October 9th.

Adding a single native tree to your home garden can dramatically increase the biodiversity of your entire landscape. Klausing talks about choosing the right native trees that are best for your property, as well as their sizes, shapes, and growth rates.

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

Valley of the Moon plant sales

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

Look for succulents, perennials, herbs, annuals, and plants from members’ gardens. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Altimira Middle School, 17805 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. COVID-19 protocols are followed. For more information, visit vom-garden-club.org or call 707-935-8986.

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

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