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Home and garden news, upcoming events

SANTA ROSA: Is your garden bugged?

Clint Eastwood, move over. When it comes to vanquishing the bad guys in the garden, a scientist and not a gunslinger is your best defense. On July 17, Baldo Villegas, a retired senior environmental scientist with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, will present “The Good, the Bad and Bugly,” before the Redwood Empire Rose Society.

Villegas helped implement biological control programs to deal with invasive insects and pests in California.

The meeting, open to the public, opens at 7 p.m. at the Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., with refreshments followed by the talk at 7:30 p.m.

The society is also offering two free rose-pruning demonstrations for both members and non-members from 9 a.m. to noon July 12 and 19. Barbara Ellis, a consulting rosarian with the American Rose Society, will show how to prune roses mid-year for shape and vigor. Participants should bring pruning sheers. For more information contact ruthbrowning@sbcglobal.net.

KENWOOD: Choosing the right Japanese maple

Japanese maples add a classy note to any garden. But how can you choose the best for your space among the many varieties?

Wildwood Farm in Kenwood, which has specialized in these deciduous beauties for several decades, will give two free talks on July 12 and 13.

On Saturday the discussion will center on dwarf Japanese maples. On Sunday the talk shifts to shade-loving maples, everything from 'Fern Leaf' to 'Full Moon.' Both talks begin at 1 p.m. in the shade of the nursery's old oaks. Refreshments will be served and questions answered.

The nursery is located at 10300 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. For information call 833-1161 or visit wildwoodmaples.com.

PETALUMA: Art & Garden street party

The Petaluma Art & Garden Festival throws a free street party July 13 in celebration of California's grand tradition of outdoor living.

Kentucky, Fourth and B streets will be closed off from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. so people can browse among 145 booths, fill up on tasty street food and dance to live music.

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