Sonoma Garden Park News – February 2008

Sonoma Garden Park News – February 2008 
Park Hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday  10am – dusk
Volunteer Days through February are Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm and Saturdays 10am – 1pm (Unless it is pouring rain). 
Meet new friends!  Learn new skills! 
Rebecca Bozzelli, our new garden manager, has just returned from the Eco-Farm Conference at Asilomar and will share her stories with anyone who comes to the garden to volunteer!
Special Volunteer Opportunities:
Help pruning fruit trees, grape vines and various perrennial shrubs at the Garden.  
Help distribute workshop flyers in Sonoma. (contact Tiona at 996-0712 X 120)  
Seeds Needed:  Do you have any viable vegetable seeds that you can donate?  We need all kinds, especially beets!
Butterfly Activity Station Installed:  
The first station of the Children’s Discovery Trail has been installed at the Garden.  It is an informational, bi-lingual, Spanish/English, station highlighting local butterflies, their host plants and what you can do to attract them to your garden. Through a grant from the Scarlet Oak Foundation and other individual donors, the Sonoma Ecology Center has contracted with Gordon Chun Design to install three activity stations.  The next two stations to be installed this year are the Bird Identification Station and the Honeybee Station.
February Workshops Offered:
Grafting Fruit Trees  – Saturday, Feb 9th  1pm – 3pm  Tommy Perot, extremely knowledgeable 9th grade high school student, will teach this class.  It was so successful last year and we are pleased to offer it again this year.  Free scions (grafting shoots), will be available to participants.
See attached flyer below.


Greenhouse Growing Methods  Saturday, Feb. 23rd 1pm – 3pm  Local farmer, Paul Wirtz, of Oak Hill Farm leads us on a tour of his greenhouses and discusses: seeding methods, nursery soils, greenhouse construction tips and fertigation (injecting organic fertilizer into irrigation lines).  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of the Valley’s best organic growers!   This class will take place at Paul’s farm on Arnold Drive across from Brocco’s Old Barn, 19655 Arnold Dr.  Carpooling will leave from Sonoma Garden Park at 12:45 pm.


All classes are $20 sliding scale (no one turned away)  Please register by calling 707-996-0712 X 120 or email: 
Proceeds from workshops benefit programs at the Garden Park.
Special thanks to the following volunteers:  Suzanne Adams for bringing hot water for tea to our garden workshops.  Don Messing for installing garden benches onto platforms and making an estimate for barn windows.  Jane Downes for cabinet donation.  David Wenzel for growing plants and help with “everything”.  Jessie Olson for a garden design for native plants.  Tom Russert and Darren Peterie for beginning the wild bird habitat behind the orchard.  Gary Edwards for offering his tractor services.  Whitney and Jeanette Evans for their unfaltering support for the Children’s Discovery Trail! 

Tiona Gundy
Sonoma Garden Park Coordinator
Sonoma Ecology Center
996-0712 X 120


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