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SONOMA COUNTY: Free advice on water conservation in landscaping

If you could hire a consultant to come to your house to advise you how to use water more efficiently in your landscape, would you sign up?

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners have launched a new program called Garden Sense to do just that. And the service is completely free.

Launched in cooperation with the Sonoma County Water Agency, Garden Sense will send a Master Gardener with specialized training in water efficiency to advise you on how to transform your landscape from one that gulps water to one that sips. Consultants have been trained in lawn conversion, water management, irrigation systems, low-water-use plants and sustainable gardening practices.

To arrange a home visit by a Garden Sense consultant, call 565-2608 or visit http://ucanr.edu/sites/scmg.

SANTA ROSA: Sonoma County Community Garden Summit

The annual Sonoma County Community Garden Summit on Saturday (Feb. 8) in Santa Rosa will help people gear up for the growing season.

The afternoon event will include:

A presentation about two local community gardens.

Workshops on cooking from the cool-season garden, creating gardens for all ages, resources and fundraising, and pest and disease management.

An update on services offered by the Community Garden Network of Sonoma County and how to get involved.

A seed swap — bring yours and trade for seeds from other people's gardens.

Information tables from various local organizations.

A tour before the summit, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., of the Community Garden at Bayer Farm, 1550 West Ave., across from Sheppard Elementary School.

The summit is 1-4:30 p.m. at Roseland Elementary School, 1777 West Ave., Santa Rosa. Admission is free and Spanish translation will be provided.

For more information, contact Autumn Buss at autumn@communitygardensonoma.org or 623-0239.

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