Classes teach art of cracked linen and eco-friendly gardening

Santa Rosa

Willowside School nursery open

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

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Talk explores ‘Gardening with the Wild in Mind’

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

The pair will talk about propagation and cultivation and highlight less-invasive ways to work with the land. They will talk about organic, permaculture and biodynamic practices and creek-bank riparian ecology. Michael Divernell also will explain soils with a photo presentation of various composting techniques that can be scaled up or down.

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

The talk is at 1:30 p.m. and is open to nonmembers. Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa.


Take a virtual walk through the oak woodland

Join Master Gardener April Lynch for a virtual walk among the Northern California native oaks during a free webinar Tuesday.

Follow Lynch’s footsteps through chaparral, woodlands and forests for up-close lessons about Sonoma County’s magnificent native oak trees and shrubs. She will show photos of microscopic oak flowers, acorns, leaves and more. Lynch has put together a large collection of high-definition photographs taken over an 11-year period and arranged in a meaningful, artistic fashion. 6 to 7:30 p.m. The presentation is free. Registration is required. Call 707-565-2608 or visit to register.


Make your own rainwater harvesting system

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

Participants will see how a rain barrel system can be creatively designed and also be attractive.

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 Rosa’s Rainwater Harvesting Rebate to offset the cost.

Registration is required for the webinar. 5:30 to 7 p.m. If you can’t make it to the live online event, you can register to receive a recording of it afterward along with resources to help you get started with your own system. Register at


Make something beautiful with cracked linen

Artist Roberta Ahrens will teach a workshop Nov. 5 on the process of making digital and/or graphical collage on handmade cracked linen.

The workshop will explore how to use imagery, paint and gilding on cracked linen plaster on fiber medium. Each participant will complete an art panel that can be framed or turned into a treasure box or journal cover.

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

All supplies are provided. The class is limited to 12 people. $250 per person, but there is 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 St. 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 Nov. 2 outlining how to design and install a rain garden in your landscape.

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

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

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

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