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Garden tours: bees, succulents, chickens, butterflies

<em><strong>Righteous nature

</strong></em>

My friend Ann Peden is a formidable woman. She spent the second half of her career as a headhunter and she can size up almost anybody with a glance. Plus, she doesn’t suffer fools gladly. But she is also a warm and loving grandmother, compassionate and fun-loving friend, and an engaged community volunteer. When Ann takes on a project, you know it will be done righteously and right. And so it is with her latest project.

Last year, Ann’s passion was helping Sonoma Community Center’s Waterwise project, the year before, Pollinator Pals. That little project included hundreds of planted wine barrels throughout the Valley attracting bees and helping people to understand the importance of bee habitats. Ann’s not afraid to get her hands into the dirt and make changes.

<em><strong>Favorite things</strong></em>

Of course, those projects are in addition to her first love, grandson Kai, quickly followed by the Giants, sailing, OLLI (The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Berkeley, Quarryhill (where she’s a docent guiding little charges up and down those trails, leading kids to a love of nature) and rockin’ out with Sonoma’s own rock ’n’ roll choir, Vox Populi. But yeah, no doubt, Ann’s joyful, too. Her latest project combines many of those things she loves, and is guaranteed to be fun.


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