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Home and Garden: Orchids ready for their close-up

  • (Associated Press)

The Sonoma County Orchid Society wants to share what its members have long known — orchids are for everyone.

The orchid enthusiasts on Feb. 1-2 are holding their annual show and inviting a crowd to the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building to ooh and aah, learn something about orchids and maybe tote home a plant or two.

Among the skills-building classes on tap both days is a talk on Cymbidiium Division and Culture at noon, a talk on Keeping Supermarket Orchids Alive at 1 p.m. and a workshop on Growing and Blooming Orchids in your Home, at 3 p.m. Saturday only.

“Orchids in the Redwoods” will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $8. 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa, across from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. For more information visit sonomaorchids.com.

Advice on how to save rainwater

SEBASTOPOL: Lately there has been little rainwater to catch. But there's no harm in being ready just in case Mother Nature takes pity and turns on the spigot.

Harmony Farm Supply is holding a two-hour class today on the basics of collecting, storing and using rainwater. The course will offer advice on choosing the right tank for your property, figuring out how much rainwater you can collect from your North Bay home, how to install a catchment system and how to safely store the precious liquid.

The class will be presented by Bruce Hallinan, an Accredited Professional with the American Rain Catchment Systems Association. He has installed dozens of rainwater harvesting tanks around the Bay Area. 10 a.m. to noon, 3244 Gravenstein Hwy N., Sebastopol. 823-9125 or harmonyfarmsupply.

Planting or pruning, roses need care

PETALUMA: Thinking about starting a rose garden of your own, or planting some additional roses in your garden? If so, now is the time to order your bare root roses in time for the May bloom.

But for those you already have bushes in the ground, Garden Valley Ranch in Petaluma is holding its annual rose pruning class at 11 a.m. today, led by expert Fallon Anderson.

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