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Home and garden briefs

The Sonoma County Home & Garden Show takes over the Sonoma County Fairgrounds March 14-16 with a huge array of exhibitors offering products and services to polish up your place.

The show runs from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16.

Admission is $7 or free for kids under 13. Seniors get in for $4 on Friday. For more information and details about participating vendors and attractions, visit sonomacountyhomeshows.com. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.


Willowside School plant nursery back: Willowside Middle School re-opens its student nursery March 15 featuring a big variety of perennials, abutilons, salvias, roses, grasses, succulents, Chinese quince, elm trees and more.

Look for more than 15 varieties of specialty Japanese maples and red/yellow magnolias, all at bargain prices.

The nursery is located at the school campus, 5299 Hall at Willowside Road in Santa Rosa. The sale runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine. For information, call 569-4724.


Lessons on putting worms to work: Learn how to put red wiggler worms to work for you in the garden during a workshop March 23 at the Healdsburg Shed marketplace.

Rick Kaye will lay out the basics for making rich compost through vermiculture. He will show how to set up and maintain a basic backyard worm bin as well as how to use the worm castings as compost or liquid teas for the garden. Since founding The Compost Club in 2003, Kaye has helped 15 local schools and businesses compost their own waste. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 25 North St., Healdsburg. Healdsburgshed.com.


Free information on drought-tolerant plants: There is a surprising selection of drought-tolerant shade plants. Learn all about them during a free talk March 15 at Garden Delights Nursery in Petaluma. To reserve a seat, call 773-1133 or 775-5008. 2115 Adobe Road.

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