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Gardeners offering workshops on fruit

It may be January, but it’s a good month to think about fresh fruit. The Sonoma County Master Gardeners is offering two workshops Jan. 11 to help better fill your fruit bowls in the future.

All workshops are free and run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit sonomamastergardeners.org.


Kilchherr discusses all kinds of berries

How to Grow Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries and Strawberries: Sun-sweetened berries of all kinds, still warm from the garden, can be a luscious crop for the avid gardener. Gwen Kilchherr discusses how to grow them from spring until fall frost, with just a few rows of plants. Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville.


Learn ins and outs of pruning trees

Pruning: Now that all the leaves have fallen off your fruit trees, do you find yourself staring at the bare branches and wondering how to trim them? Tree specialist Don Hourigan will lead a how-to fruit tree maintenance workshop at the Harvest for the Hungry Garden, 1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. For more information, call 484-3613.


Learn how to prune your rose bushes

Rose Pruning: Your rose bushes will send you love bouquets in May if you show your love right now. Correct pruning in winter will result in better blooms. Learn how to do it right from the Redwood Empire Rose Society today. From 9 a.m. to noon, consulting rosarian to the American Rose Society Barbara Ellis will demonstrate good pruning techniques. It will be held in the society’s garden at the Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. For information, email ruthbronwing@sbcglobal.net.


De-bittering olives

without using lye

Learn how to de-bitter olives without lye during a free workshop Sunday at Cline Cellars.

Olive expert Don Landis will talk about the history of olives, the many varieties available and how to cure the fruit the Greek way with brine, water or dry salt.

The demonstration will be followed by an olive tasting with cheese and crackers. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $20. Space is limited, so an RSVP is necessary. Call 940-4025. 24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma.

You can direct Home and Garden news to Meg.McConahey@pressdemocrat.com or 521-5204.

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