Classes teach the art of crackle flax and ecological gardening


Opening of Willowside School Daycare

The Willowside School student-supported nursery is holding a plant sale on Saturday featuring a wide selection of landscape ornamental plants. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cash or check only; the sale takes place rain or shine. The school is at the corner of Willowside and Hall roads in east Santa Rosa.


The conference explores “Gardening with nature in mind”

The Santa Rosa Garden Club will host Michael and Alice Divernell for a free talk Monday on “Gardening with Nature in Mind.”

The couple will talk about propagation and cultivation and highlight less invasive ways to work with the earth. They will talk about organic practices, permaculture and biodynamics and the riparian ecology of stream banks. Michael Divernell will also explain soils with a photo presentation of various composting techniques that can be increased or reduced.

Michael Divernell, who studied atmospheric science at UCLA and did graduate work in ocean weather for JPL/NASA, currently works for DaVero Farms and Winery in Healdsburg as a “soil keeper.” Alice Divernell will talk about home herbal medicine with botanical extraction techniques, aromatherapy, skin care and nutrition.

The conference is at 1:30 p.m. and is open to non-members. Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa.

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Take a virtual walk in the oak grove

Join Master Gardener April Lynch for a virtual walk among the native oak trees of Northern California during a free webinar on Tuesday.

Follow in Lynch’s footsteps through chaparral, woods and forests for up-close lessons on Sonoma County’s beautiful native oaks and shrubs. She’ll show photos of microscopic oak blossoms, acorns, leaves and more. Lynch has assembled an extensive collection of high definition photographs taken over a period of 11 years and arranged in meaningful and artistic ways. 6 to 7:30 p.m. The presentation is free. Registration is mandatory. Call 707-565-2608 or visit to register.

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Make your own rainwater harvesting system

Learn how to capture rain for reuse in your garden during a free program Nov. 1 by Santa Rosa Water and Daily Acts.

Attendees will see how a rain barrel system can be designed creatively and attractively.

The program will cover the environmental benefits of saving rainwater, how to design a small DIY system to fit any space, and how to use the City of Santa’s rainwater harvesting rebate. Rosa to offset the cost.

Registration is required for the webinar. 5:30-7:00 p.m. If you can’t make it to the live online event, you can sign up to receive a recording of it afterwards as well as resources to help you get started with your own system. Register on


Make Something Beautiful With Cracked Linen

Artist Roberta Ahrens will lead a workshop on November 5 on the process of creating digital and/or graphic collages on handmade crackle linen.

The workshop will explore the use of imagery, painting and gilding on cracked linen plaster on a fiber support. Each participant will complete an art panel that can be framed or turned into a treasure chest or journal cover.

Participants will sort, choose, cut and paste photographic and/or digital collages and draw or paint with ink, metallic pens or acrylic washes directly on the crackle linen. People can also bring their own color digital print designs or simple black copies.

All supplies are provided. The course is limited to 12 people. $250 per person, but there’s a $20 discount if you bring a friend. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 426 Eighth Street Petaluma. Call 707-753-1733 to register. Go to for more information.

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Learn how to create a rain garden

Daily Acts will offer a free program on November 2 outlining how to design and install a rain garden in your landscape.

Rain gardens help recharge groundwater and reduce pollution by minimizing runoff. They also provide habitat for butterflies, birds and other pollinators while making the soil healthier. And during droughts, rain gardens are an important design tool to help conserve water.

The event will take place in person at the Petaluma Regional Library, but you can also tune in online. For those attending in person, there will be a tour of the Petaluma Library Rain Garden from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The full presentation will take place from 6-7 p.m. 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma.

To register for an online link and for more information, visit

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Dora W. Clawson