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Tour west county resort gardens

Sample the beauty of 10 west county and Russian River area inns, spas and resorts during the annual Resorts in Bloom garden tour June 14 and 15.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday the landscaped grounds of properties from The Vinter's Inn in Santa Rosa out to the West Sonoma Inn at Guerneville, as well as choice spots in between, will be open for day visitors to explore and enjoy.

Day passes are $30 and can be purchased at any of the resorts. A complete list of participating resorts and tickets are available at resortsinbloom.com.

SANTA ROSA: Learn about coastal grasslands

California's coastal perennial grasslands are biodiverse ecosystems under threat.

They contain about 40 percent of the state's native species, 80 endemic species and an ability to sequester carbon unrivaled in the temperate world, according to Suzanne DeCoursey, Sonoma State University's Preserves' Education Manager.

DeCoursey is the guest at the June 17 meeting of the Milo Baker Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. She will talk about “How to Cheat at Coastal Grasslands Management.” She will focus on coastal grassland ecology, talk about significant native and invasive species, approaches to grassland management and how private property owners can manage their own grasslands.

DeCoursey has spent the past 15 years working with volunteers, the community and scientists to integrate research and education with land management and conservation.

The talk is at 7:30 p.m. at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. For information, visit cnps.org.

PETALUMA: Tips for dealing with drought

How can you make the best use of water in your vegetable garden during the prolonged drought?

A team of Master Gardeners will give a workshop on “Food Gardening in a Drought Year” May 14 at the Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive.

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