The topic is fungi – first lesson, they’re not mushrooms – as the Valley of the Moon Garden Club welcomes guest speaker Karen Guma on Thursday, June 1. The soil expert will discuss the biology of fungi in the soil with the dos and don’ts of promoting beneficial microbes in the garden.
Soil restoration involves fungal and bacterial growth to assist plant roots to absorb nutrients, and promote a healthy, thriving garden.
Guma’s interest in soil biology began with habitat restoration, working with the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy, and local groups. This work restores and protects land for native plants and habitat for animals.
Her Petaluma garden was recently featured in the Eco Garden Tour sponsored by the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership, the Milo Baker Chapter of the Native Plant Society and Daily Acts.
The meeting is held at the Sonoma Veterans’ Memorial Building at 126 First Street West in Sonoma. Meet-and-greet time is at 6:30, with the meeting beginning at 7 p.m.
Refreshments and a plant raffle will follow the presentation. Members are free; guests pay $5, which goes towards the $20 club membership, if desired. 707.935.8986.