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Published: Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 4:12 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 9:44 a.m.

SANTA ROSA: Rose Society holds annual show and sale

May is the peak month for roses, so it's no wonder that the Redwood Empire Rose Society is throwing a show.

The annual event May 11 in Santa Rosa includes a show of gorgeous roses, a competition and potted roses for sale.

Admission is free and open to the public. The show runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. At closing time, cut roses will be sold for $1 a stem, just in time for Mother's Day. 2050 Yulupa Ave.

HEALDSBURG: Russian River Rose Co. continues weekend tours

The Russian River Rose Company continues to draw people in to smell the roses with special free events and tours every weekend this spring.

Today and Sunday, the nursery celebrates May Day and its peak boom with a Spring Garden Frolic. The UPside Dance Company will help weave colorful ribbons around a spring May-pole at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

On May 12, resident rosarian Jan Tolmasoff again welcomes all mothers to her Open Garden day in honor of Mother's Day. The gardens are a favorite stop for many families on mom's special day. The gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $4.

The nursery is located at 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg. 433-7455 or for information.

SEBASTOPOL: Harmony holds workshops on tomatoes, good beasts

Harmony Farm Supply and Nursery in Sebastopol has two upcoming workshops to help you make the best of your garden.

Today, Brad Gates of the acclaimed Wild Boar Farms in Napa Valley, will talk tomatoes — varieties, growing tips and soil preparation.

On May 11, garden designer Gail Fanning will outline everything you need to know to grow your own hedgerow to attract birds and beneficial insects while adding low maintenance beauty to your garden or farm.

Hedgerows filled with California native plants can provide habitat, screen and windbreaks.

Both classes are free and begin at 10 a.m. Register online at or 829-9125. 3244 Gravenstein Highway N.

WINDSOR / PETALUMA: Reducing carbon footprint, one lawn at a time

Learn how to transform your own thirsty lawn during a pair of hands-on workshops put on by Daily Acts, which promotes sustainable-living skills.

The work parties on Sunday in Windsor and on May 19 at the Petaluma Health Center, will cover the sheet mulching approach to smother your lawn in a natural and non-toxic way.

Lawns are the nation's largest irrigated crop, covering three times more acreage than corn and consuming millions of pounds of pesticides and billions of gallons of fuel. The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that one gas mower running for an hour emits the same amount of pollutants as eight new cars driving 55 miles per hour for the same amount of time. Each workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Register online to receive the address for the Windsor workshop. The Petaluma Health Center is at 1179 N. McDowell Blvd. or 289-9664.

SANTA ROSA: Rural Cemetery stages botanical tours

Volunteers with Santa Rosa's Rural Cemetery Preservation Committee today will offer unique, botanically-themed tours of the 17-acre burial ground.

They will also sell roses propagated from heirloom plants found growing in the cemetery and other old graveyards in Sonoma County.

There will be two free tours offered. The Flora and Fauna walk will focus on the diversity of plant life growing in the cemetery among the gravestones, many of them plants left as memorials.

A second Vintage Rose Tour will walk through the cemetery's Memorial Rose Grove dedicated to 16 1906 Earthquake Survivors people who are buried in a mass grave nearby.

More than 5,000 of the city's early settlers and citizens are buried in the oak-studded hillside on Franklin Avenue. Tours will leave from the Franklin Avenue gate at 10, 10:30, 10:40 and 11 a.m.

SONOMA COUNTY: Plant sales crop up all around region

Petaluma Bounty Heirloom Plant Sale: Pick up plant starts grown from seed at the Bounty Community Farm today, with prices starting at $2. Thousands of heirloom tomato, vegetable and herb starts will be available for purchase. There will also be gardening workshops, farm tours and master gardeners available to offer advice and answer questions. 9 a.m. to

3 p.m. At the Bounty Community Farm, 55 Shasta Ave., Petaluma.

Santa Rosa Iris Society's Spring Show and Potted Iris Sale: "Iris Eyes Are Smiling" club members say, for this free show and sale today and Sunday. Beautiful displays of iris, experts to consult and irises for sale. Showtime is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday. But the plant sale will open before the show on Sunday, at 10 a.m. Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. 538-5932 or 433-8633.

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center Spring Plant Sale: Stock up on a big variety of heirloom food crops, culinary and medicinal herbs and many unusual Asian and South American edibles. Everything is grown organically at the center. Food trucks will be on hand for noshing. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday and May 11 and 12. The OAEC nursery will be open to sales of perennial plants only on May 25 and June 30. 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental. 874-1557 or

Willowside School Spring Plant Sale: Thousands of plants have been potted up for this ongoing sale that supports the school's horticulture program. Perennials roses, grasses, small Japanese and Trident maples, deodar cedar trees, redwoods and small cypress as well as a multitude of succulents and Bonsai crab apple and elm trees. Japanese Maples and Red/Yellow Magnolias, 3 to 6 feet tall for $25 to $35. Prices on other plants start at $3 for one gallon pots. 9 a.m. to

2 p.m. May 18, June 8 and June 29. 5299 Hall Road at Willowside Road, Santa Rosa. 569-4724.

Healdsburg Garden Club: Organic and heirloom tomatoes and eggplant starts as well as crafts.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Held at the Foss Creek Community Center, 1557 Healdsburg Ave. For information email

SONOMA COUNTY:Master Gardeners hold free workshops

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners hold a series of free workshops for home gardeners throughout the planting season. Most are held at local library branches throughout Sonoma County, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. For information on the Master Gardeners or any of their programs, call 565-2608 or visit

Growing Tomatoes: Food growing expert Steve Albert will share secrets to growing good tomatoes during a free workshop today at the Harvest for the Hungry Garden in Santa Rosa. Albert will cover the season, from seed and seedlings, to feeding, watering, pest control, disease prevention and harvest, as well as seed-saving for the next year. A grower of some 40 different varieties, he will share his favorites. Albert is the author of The Kitchen Gardener's Growers Guide and publishes the Harvest to Table website. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1717 Yulupa Ave. 484-3613.

SANTA ROSA: Professional landscapers to hold garden tour

The North Bay District of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers hold their May Garden Tour at Allen Land Design's Garden and Landscape Studio.

Dubbed "Amongst the Oaks: Creative & Eco-Friendly Outdoor Living in Santa Rosa," the tour will be led by Sierra Hart, the trade group's director of design. Hart worked with the Allens to design, reconstruct and creatively incorporate many salvaged elements into their landscape, including an old bathtub and materials for a rockhouse and a greenhouse, each with themed plantings that exemplify sustainable design and use of materials.

The tour is open to non-members for $15. 4 to 6 p.m. May 8. RSVP and receive the address by emailing

GLEN ELLEN: With Jack London, explore gardening of another era

Unravel layers of history during a guided walk May 11 through the restored garden around Jack London's old cottage at Jack London State Park.

Cottage Gardener Jenny Randall will tell tell the story behind the garden and talk about turn of the last century plants that would have been part of a garden such as London's a century ago.

Randall will tell what happened to the garden after London died and discuss her particular challenges in maintaining the garden in balance with surrounding wildlife.

The tour will be from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a picnic lunch under a heritage oak tree. Cost is $30 including lunch. Reserve online at

FORT BRAGG: Celebrate mom with Rhododendron Society

The North Coast climate is ideal for rhododendrons and Mendocino County takes advantage of that with a vibrant community of rhodie growers.

The Noyo Chamber of the American Rhododendron Society shows off its trusses with a big celebration Mother's Day weekend May 11-12.

The event draws up to 1,000 visitors to a fragrant white tent set up at Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, overflowing with blooms of every size, shape and color.

In addition to luscious floral displays and competition, there will be a silent auction, experts on hand to answer questions and hearty food like chili, hot dogs and homemade baked goods. Admission is free.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Rhodie growers are invited to enter their trusses for judging. Entries should be brought to the Botanical Garden between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 9 or between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 10. Judging will happen at 3 p.m. May 10.

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden is located at 18220 N. Highway 1, Fort Bragg. or call 964-4435 for information.

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