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Home & Garden briefs: Succulents, seeds and more


Expert tips on growing trendy succulents: Succulents are versatile additions to any part of the garden, from stone walls and between patio pavers to rock gardens and even rooftops.

Aaron Ryan, a succulent propagation specialist who works for Cottage Gardens of Petaluma, will talk about these trendy plants during the Nov. 7 meeting of the Valley of the Moon Garden Club.

Ryan will share tips for using succulents in garden beds and artful containers, mixing them with plants like salvias to add texture, shape and design. He also will talk about how to care for them and grow them.

These fleshy-leaved plants thrive in the simplest of pots, and their distinctive shapes and colors provide endless opportunities for creativity.

His presentation will include a hands-on planting demonstration as well as ways to use them for holiday tables and gifts.

The free talk, open to nonmembers, begins at 7 p.m. in Room 110 of the Sonoma Community Center. Refreshments are included. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

For information, call 935-5939.


Advice on olive harvest: Make the best of your olive harvest, whether you have one tree or an orchard, using tips from Don Landis, the olive man. Landis will give a comprehensive talk Sunday, beginning with the history of the olive and focusing on tips for how to debitter this winter fruit to make it edible without lye.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free but RSVP required. 940-4025. Held at Cline Cellars, 24737 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.


Free seed swap and talk about seed saving: Transition Healdsburg and SHED team up to host a free seed swap from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 2.

Gardeners are invited to bring leftover seed packets from previous years, partially full packets and home-collected seeds from vegetables, flowers and herbs. But people with no seeds to swap are also invited to come.

Electra de Peyster, a master gardener and expert seed saver, will give a talk on the basics of seed-saving, starting at 1:30 p.m.

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