We meet the first Thursday of each month at Burlingame Hall, First Congregational Church/Congregation Shir Shalom
252 West Spain Street, Sonoma

Arrive at 6:30 pm to pay any outstanding dues, peruse the raffle items, and visit with other attendees during the meet-and-greet period. Then enjoy the presentation at 7:00 pm followed by a plant raffle and refreshments.

Volunteers to help set up and take down tables and chairs are appreciated.

Meetings are free for club members and five dollars for guests. Refreshments and a plant raffle follow each meeting.

Upcoming Events

Flexible Dates: nurturing baby plants for the upcoming plant sale

baby tomatoes

Cherokee Chocolate Tomato

Help needed to transplant seedlings and otherwise encourage our babies to grow. If you can help, please fill out the Contact form and a garden club member will get back to you. Thanks.

March 7, 2019 Meeting: Micro Greens by Jerome and Preston from Broadway Farms

Details coming

April 4, 2019 Meeting: Suzanne Clark
Garden Renovations

Details coming

May 2, 2019 Meeting: Bill McNamara
Quarry Hill

Details coming

June 6, 2019 Meeting: Will and Nadia

Details coming


Past Events

February 7, 2019 Meeting: HOPS

Hops are a beautiful vine and make great beer.
Ilya Faibushevich, a hops aficionado and expert, will
show hops samples and describe their history of growing
in Sonoma County, how they are used in brewing, and
why you may want to grow them. This event will help
you as a hops grower and/or a beer maker. It will also make you appreciate more the micro brews you drink.

Ilya graduated college with dreams of being an economist. In 2010, while working on a two-year project to quantify the health impact of environmental policies in China, he got a side job working in a local brewery’s cold, dark cellar: transferring and carbonating beer, helping on brew days, and, of course, cleaning. He was immediately hooked! Since then, he has brewed for some of the country's most acclaimed beer makers, including Side Project, Perennial, Moonlight, and Cellarmaker. His travels have taken him to brew in Belgium and France at Brouwerij De Ranke and Brasserie Thiriez.

He is now the sales manager in Northern California and Nevada for Yakima Chief Hops, the biggest supplier of American-grown hops in the U.S. The company is a cooperative of 11 farmers in Washington and Oregon, created to give farmers control of their own destiny.

January 3 2019: DIY Flower Arranging

We had great fun doing floral arrangements--a very creative group. And we want to thank Sequoia Wholesale Florist for providing the beautiful flowers for our event. www.sequoiafloral.com

  • Address: 3245 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
  • Phone: (707) 525-0780

January 2018: Paola Tonelli, Beautiful Geometry in Nature

mathematical roseBotany has a real correlation with mathematics.  The presentation beautifully combined photos of nature with principles of mathematics and physics.

For more on mathematics in nature, watch the NOVA documentary The Great Math Mystery.

February 1 2018: Fire Safe Landscapes

Fire ClearingFollowing the October Wine Country Fires, Sonoma Master Gardener Dennis Przybycien will preview the Sonoma County Master Gardeners upcoming program on fire-safe landscapes: “What Can I Do Now” to examine steps that homeowners can take to make their landscapes more fire-resistant.

Meeting Bonus

Come to the meeting to find out how to can get a free issue of Garden Design Magazine with your new subscription. Garden Design will also donate $12 back to VOMGC with each subscription.


March 1 2018: A Healthy Garden's Approach to Managing Weeds

Sonoma County Master Gardener DJ DeProspero's “healthy garden” approach to gardening uses Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, a method of dealing with garden pests that considers the whole ecosystem, not just the pest.

Flexible Dates: nurturing baby plants for the upcoming plant sale

baby tomatoes

Cherokee Chocolate Tomato

Help needed to transplant seedlings and otherwise encourage our babies to grow. If you can help, please fill out the Contact form and a garden club member will get back to you. Thanks.

Thursday April 5 Meeting: Sonoma Ecology Center Community Outreach Projects

Garland Lamb and Mark Newhouser, Senior Restoration Ecologist and Project Manager of the Sonoma Ecology Center, are our special guests for the VOMGC April 5th meeting. They will discuss the various garden-related community outreach projects performed by the Center with an emphasis on native plant nurseries, water shed preservation and wild fire assessment and restoration.

Thursday April 19, 4-7 pm:  Third Annual Tomato Adoption Party

 VOMGC members’ Pot Luck. Details TBA.

Saturday April 21, 9 a.m. to noon: Public Spring Plant Sale

Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa Street.

Hundreds of 4” vegetables, herbs, perennials, pollinator plants, succulents, and more. Bluebird houses in time for nesting.


Fall Garden Sale: Saturday September 15, 9 am-noon in front of the Sonoma Community Center

Vegetable Starts • Annuals • Perennials • Succulents

Master Gardeners to present demos and answer questions

Monthly Meeting: Thursday October 4th

Carnivorous plants, by Bob Hornback

Anyone who has heard him speak knows we’re in for a treat. Speaking of TREATS, along with the raffle, we are asking our members and guests to create “Trick or Treat” bags with a bulb exchange in the spirit of HALLOWEEN.

Please label your contributions as such:

Plant Name: Agapanthus.
TREAT (the positives): Clump-forming evergreen w/firework explosions of long lasting flowers.
TRICK (the negatives): Can be used as snail bait.

Thursday November 1 Meeting:
The Wonder of Cover Crops

This month’s VOMGC meeting has special guest speaker Maile Arnold. Maile, a Vassar graduate and Ecology Specialist has been an organic farmer for over 50 years; raising most of the veggies, fruit, meat, eggs, and diary which her family and friends consume. She has been designing gardens for others using organic and sustainable techniques.

Maile will talk about cover crops, and how important they are to maintain and increase the fertility of the soil and its water holding properties. She will go over the different types of winter cover crops and demonstrate how to incorporate the nutrients into the soil without tilling.

Holiday Party: Saturday December 8th. 2-6pm. Faith Lutheran Church, 1935 Arnold Dr Sonoma

Potluck side dishes. Bring your own wine/drinks to share.