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Published: Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 3:58 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 9:49 a.m.

OCCIDENTAL: Learn to prune vines, fruit trees at workshop

Learn the best way to prune your fruit trees and vines during a free workshop Jan. 19 at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center.

The workshop will cover the basics for small, diversified fruit tree orchards, starting with tools and tool safety and moving into the benefits of pruning, basics cuts and the art of pruning. The class will include a walk around the orchards at OAEC with a discussion of the different types of fruit trees and how to properly prune each one.

Examples include apples, European and Asian pears, plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries and grapes.

9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $35. If it rains, the workshop will move to Jan. 27. 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental. For information, visit Oaec.org or call 874-1557 Ext. 101.

SANTA ROSA: Rose Society offering free pruning workshop

The Redwood Empire Rose Society will give a free hands-on demonstration on rose pruning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Consulting rosarians will be on hand to answer questions. Refreshments will be served.

The demonstration will be at the society's garden, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. For information, email ruthbrown@sbcglobal.net.

SONOMA: Learn to cure olives in free workshop

Olive expert Don Landis will show you how to cure your crop without lye during a free workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 20 at Cline Cellars in Sonoma.

Landis will share a history of the olive, as well as tips on when to pick. He will also demonstrate various debittering techniques, including a Greek-style brine cure, a water cure and a salt cure. It will end with a tasting of olives with cheese and crackers.

If the weather is nice, workshop-goers may explore the winery grounds and receive a discount in the tasting room.

Reservations are required. To RSVP, call 938-4064 ext. 124. The winery is located at 15000 Sonoma Highway.

SANTA ROSA: Free fruit-tree trimming workshop today

A proper nip and tuck here and there on your fruit trees will lead to a more abundant harvest later this year. And now is the time to trim.

But if you're feeling overwhelmed by all those barren branches, tree specialist Don Hourigan can help. He will give a free fruit tree pruning workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Harvest for the Hungry garden, 1717 Yulupa Ave., just past Hoen Avenue, in Santa Rosa. For more information, call 484-3613.

SONOMA COUNTY: Master Gardeners offer more free workshops

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners have geared up for another round of free workshops at for the winter. All classes are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and are held at libraries throughout Sonoma County. For more information on upcoming classes or the master Gardeners, call 565-2608 or visit sonomamastergardeners.org.

Rose Pruning — Now is the time to boost the productivity, health and longevity of your rose bushes. Prize-winning rosarian and Master Gardener Jim Lang will demonstrate the best ways to prune the many different kinds of roses today.

"I will discuss how roses such as shrub, hybrid teas and climbers differ in their growth patterns," he said. "I will also help everyone to decide what to prune and what to leave behind."

Lang is an ARS Consulting Rosarian and Horticultural Judge and is past president of the Redwood Empire Rose Society. At the Petaluma Regional Library. 100 Fairgrounds Drive. For more information, call 565-2608 or visit www.sonomamastergardeners.org.

Making Your Sonoma Garden More Sustainable — Master Gardner Kim Pearson will discuss "sustainability" and why it is so important for the future during a workshop in Sonoma today. Using an example of a small urban garden, she will suggest projects that will transform a typical garden into a more environmentally friendly, sustainable garden and a beautiful and enjoyable outdoor space. Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St.

Supermarket Orchids Survival: Don't throw away that supermarket orchid. Today, Master Gardener Ann Chambers will show you how to care for that orchid so it will live happily and bloom for many years. Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

(You can direct Home and Garden news to Meg.McConahey@ pressdemocrat.com or 521-5204.)

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