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Garden - Landscape, Plants - Farms

If it grows and nutures life - we're interested in learning more. Please refer to our 2017 Gardeners Resource Guide for locally-owned garden businesses, plant propagators and more.

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2020-07-17Jul 17, 2020

The eastern monarch suffered a 53% drop last year when compared with 2018, remaining well below historic levels, which demonstrates that conservation efforts are still needed to attain a positive trend. Meanwhile, the western monarch population, which breeds west of the Rocky Mountains and overwinters on the California Coast, continues to hover at less than 1% of its historic population size. For one week, the Blitz invites people across North America to look for milkweed plants and survey them for monarch eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises and butterflies. This information will help researchers identify priority areas for monarch conservation actions. Data gathered during the Blitz is uploaded to the Trinational Monarch Knowledge Network, where it is accessible for anyone to consult and download.

2020-04-26Apr 26, 2020

How important Gardens are in our Stay At Home new world! What I enjoy the most is not being rushed. Making the best of it while we're sheltering in place could have long-lasting pluses for your landscape, home-gardening skills, and just general well-being.

2020-04-25Apr 25, 2020

The Eco-Friendly Garden Tour by Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership is  a public outreach and education program that promotes sustainable landscaping practices by showcasing inspiring gardens throughout Sonoma and Marin counties. The Tour highlights   Russian River-Friendly   and   Bay-Friendly landscaping best practices, and supports. Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper    certified professionals by featuring their personal or client’s gardens. In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency and in accordance with the Sonoma County Public Health Officer’s order to shelter in place, the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership has made the decision to cancel the self-guided tour and host an online tour by offering home made videos of gardens.

2020-04-24Apr 24, 2020

Creating habitat is a DEVOTION, a meditative practice in addition to being exceedingly helpful to our Flying Friends who may be short on real estate and menu options. Let last years’ plants go to seed whenever possible; first of all, pollinators will utilize the blossoms, and you can also save seeds, which are in very short supply everywhere I have checked lately.

2020-03-20Mar 20, 2020
2020-02-20Feb 20, 2020

In nature, when a plant is solid green but has some stems with variegated foliage that section is called a sport. The sports are removed and propagated to make more plants with this attribute. At some point as the new variegated plants mature, they can start to revert back to the mother plant of all green foliage.

2019-03-01Mar 1, 2019

Sonoma County has so many organizations covering a huge variety of garden interests. From fuchsias to farming, you can find your gardening community here! Take advantage of garden club plant sales!

2019-03-01Mar 1, 2019

Machines make large projects easier to accomplish. If you need to purchase or maintain outdoor power equipment, here are your Sonoma County resources.

2019-03-01Mar 1, 2019

From small projects to large, these professionals install gardens, paths & retaining walls, irrigations systems, patios, and decks, as well as provide maintenance services throughout the seasons.

2020-06-30Jun 30, 2020

Championed by Mayor Logan Harvey who signed the National Wildlife Federation’s Monarch Mayors’ Pledge a year ago on behalf of The City of Sonoma to protect and to provide habitat for Monarch Butterflies, A gathering of groups in Sonoma brought focus to the urgency of protecting pollinators during Pollinator Week.

2020-06-29Jun 29, 2020

As more people are working and staying at home, expanding living spaces outdoors naturally makes sense. Many changes don’t need to be seen solely as a pandemic response and can serve us well into the indefinite future. Add convenient amenities to your social spaces like power and water. Making your outdoor spaces multi-seasonal extends their use. Space for play, games, sports, and are an asset. 

2020-06-24Jun 24, 2020

Located on the Santa Rosa Plains, one hour North of San Francisco and five minutes from Sonoma State University, Bees N Blooms is one of those fantastic places to explore.

2020-06-22Jun 22, 2020

As the manager of several organic urban farms for a nonprofit organization that feeds our food-insecure neighbors for free, and employs homeless individuals, I can attest to the travesty that can occur when accountability ceases due to closures of the justice system, such as the probation department. For one of our most reliable and hardest-working employees, this situation began the unraveling of her meticulously constructed recovery program and contributed to her spiraling very rapidly into a black hole of despair, relapse, homelessness, arrest and a loss of faith and face.

2020-05-31May 31, 2020

As we start to open up our society again after the long shelter-in-place, let us take a moment to pause. Are we going back to life as we knew it or can we rebuild our schedules with the best outcomes of the shelter in place orders. For example, a picnic basket implies that you are going to go to the beach together (and with the kids!) instead of work or the ball game. There is the expectation of a day in the park, the plaza, or out wine tasting, maybe with friends, a glorious sunset toast, or perhaps a short walk to a quiet hollow by a creek together.

2020-05-31May 31, 2020

Well, the last few months have certainly given us a prolonged time to evaluate our landscapes. Many have found creative ways to enhance what their gardens give them.  Now that we are out of the extreme SIP restrictions, we have more leeway to address more significant issues in our landscapes/gardens. Tree pruning/removal, broader scale grading issues, new hardscape, or overgrowth removals can all get the attention they might need, with more open landscape work protocols. 

2020-05-21May 21, 2020

As an alternative to the installation of the 2020-2021 Cloverdale Sculpture Trail, now on hold, we have created a “Sculpture Trail Flip Book” as a virtual preview, which can be viewed online.  Determined to keep the Trail alive and interesting to the public sequestered at home, The online tour of the Trail includes 11 new sculptures selected before the unwanted guest, COVID-19, arrived on our doorstep. Check out the featrued artists in our article, access the virtual flip book tour or view or download the brochure.

2020-05-08May 8, 2020

This program is intended to help residents create defensible space around occupied homes and reduce vegetation along access routes.
We will chip for up to 2 hours with no charge to the resident! Jobs longer than 2 hours may be the responsibility of the property owner. 

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