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Wet winter garden tips

Posted on February 23, 2017

Standing water and slick conditions inhibit drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Heavy skies press down on us in a study of 50 shades... Continue

The Sonoma Garden: Nursery news

Posted on October 3, 2016
The Sonoma Garden: Nursery news

I stopped by Sonoma’s local retail nurseries last week to find out what is ready and in stock for your fall garden. Lydia Constantini,... Continue

Three more drought-tolerant bunch grasses

Posted on September 16, 2016
Three more drought-tolerant bunch grasses

I love bunch grasses. They are easy to care for, natural looking and come in a huge variety of colors and sizes. One of the best things... Continue

The Sonoma Garden: Six reasons why I love my fig tree

Posted on July 26, 2016
The Sonoma Garden: Six reasons why I love my fig tree

(By Karen Boness) — “I am the OTHER girl and the fig.” I declared that nearly four years ago when I bought my little ranch-style... Continue

Three drought-tolerant native bunch grasses

Posted on April 29, 2016

If you are looking for a pretty, California native bunch grass that is fine textured, water-wise and resistant to deer, consider Deer... Continue

Spring forward – It’s time to plant your garden

Posted on March 14, 2016
Spring forward – It’s time to plant your garden

(Karen Boness | Sonoma Sun Garden Editor) Woohoo! Spring has sprung here in Sonoma. Isn’t it gorgeous outside? The hills are bright... Continue

Trees of Sonoma Plaza: Strawberry

Posted on February 5, 2016
Trees of Sonoma Plaza: Strawberry

Strawberry trees (Arbutus “Marina”) are blooming and fruiting about town. You can see some along the bike path in Olsen Park and... Continue

Get ready for stricter rules for landscape watering

Posted on November 4, 2015
Get ready for stricter rules for landscape watering

I recently attended a workshop about the 2015 revisions to California’s Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO) and it’s clear... Continue

Seven garden chores for October

Posted on October 19, 2015
Seven garden chores for October

I love this time of year in Sonoma. The early morning crispness in the air whispers autumn. Leaves are just starting to turn color.... Continue

Trees of Sonoma Plaza: The Cork Oak

Posted on August 21, 2015
Trees of Sonoma Plaza: The Cork Oak

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) the Cork Oak (Quercus suber), one of the trees of the Sonoma Plaza, is a priority species.... Continue