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Home and garden briefs, upcoming events

  • Architect Steve Rynerson, right, and historical design consultant Paul Duchscherer, who collaborated on the renovation of the McDonald Mansion, attend a Santa Rosa Symphony event at the mansion in Santa Rosa on March 15, 2013. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

The two men who were key consultants on the restoration of Santa Rosa's McDonald Mansion will talk about the project during a cocktail reception and tour of the historic residence on Aug. 17.

Stephen Rynerson is a partner in the architectural firm in charge of the five-year restoration of the famed estate. He worked closely with Paul Duchscherer, an expert in the interiors of historic homes and the author of several books on bungalows and Victorians.

The reception, held in the gardens from 5 to 8 p.m., is a fundraiser for the Sonoma County Museum's history programs and collection. A ticket also includes a tour of the mansion, which is owned by John and Jennifer Webley.

Tickets are $120. Museum members receive a $20 discount per ticket. For information or to purchase tickets, visit sonomacountymuseum.org.

SEBASTOPOL: Fuchsias galore at society's sale

The Sebastopol Fuchsia Society is holding a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

All of the plants are hand-grown by society members. Look for lots of hanging baskets and uprights in a variety of colors. Come early for the best selection. 282 S. High St. For more information, call Edwina Sauers at 838-9429.

GLEN ELLEN: Free conifer workshop at Quarryhill

Conifers can create year-round interest in the garden. Learn about these versatile evergreens during a free workshop Saturday at Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen.

Sonoma County Master Gardener and American Conifer Society member Sara Malone will talk at 10:30 a.m. about how to plant conifers for texture and color. That will be followed at noon by a brown bag talk by Quarryhill Director Bill McNamara on the conifer collection at Quarryhill.

At 1 p.m., docents will lead tours of the conifers and bonsai in Quarryhill's woodland garden. Snacks will be served. Anyone signing up for a Quarryhill membership will receive a discount on the membership fee and a free plant.

Quarryill is at 12851 Sonoma Highway; 996-3166 or quarryhillbg.org.

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

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