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Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 4:11 p.m.

HEALDSBURG: Tea and Memories at Russian River Rose

The Russian River Rose Company invites people to remember loved ones this weekend with “Tea and Memories in the Rose Garden.”

Visitors are welcome to sip organic tea and place a personal message in memory of someone dear to them on the Memorial Wishing Tree. A $4 donation is requested.

The picturesque nursery with photo-worthy display gardens and fields of roses harvested for rose water and distilled perfumes, is located at 1685 Magnolia Dr., Healdsburg. 433-7455 or

PETALUMA: Free garden tips at Garden Delights

Garden Delights Nursery in is offering two free how-to talks as the planting season moves into June.

On June 2 owner Erik Sumiharu Hagiwara-Nagata, whose great-great grandfather created San Francisco's landmark Japanese Tea Garden, will offer tips on growing great Japanese maples. On June 9 he will share secrets on how to cultivate healthy fruit trees.

Both talks begin at 11 a.m. and include a chance to win a “mystery prize.” To RSVP call 773-1133 or email The nursery is at 2115 Adobe Road, Petaluma.

PETALUMA: Talk by preservationist Rinehart

Historical researcher and preservationist Katherine Rinehart knows how to dig out the facts about old houses.

Rinehart, who works in the History and Genealogy Department of the Sonoma County Library, will offer a case study of one particular house during a talk May 29 at the Petaluma Library.

The author of “Petaluma: A History in Architecture” will deconstruct step by step, how she researched the history of a 1927 home in Petaluma, learning from documents and records interesting details not only about the structure, but the people who built it and the people who lived in it. The talk is free and begins at 6 p.m. 100 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma. 763-9801 ext 0720.

SEBASTOPOL: Workshop on drip irrigation

Drip irrigation is far more efficient way to water your plants than sprinklers. A workshop covering the basics of designing and installing a simple backyard system for trees, vines, vegetables and landscaping, will be held June 15 at Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery.

The class,covering various types of emittters, microsprayers, soaker-type drip hopes, timers, valves, layout and installation, will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Classes are free but limited to 30 To check up on availability and to sign up visit 3244 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 823-9125.

SONOMA: Slideshow design tour with Tanners

Award-winning designers Freeland and Sabrina Tanner, who created landscapes for destination wineries like Darioush as well as private estates, will give a slideshow tour of many of their gardens as well as offer design tips, during a talk June 6 before the Valley of the Moon Garden Club.

The couple's own Napa garden has been featured on HGTV and is home to some 700 varieties of plants, nearly all of them perennials, shrubs, trees and vegetables planted in a tapestry of color, layers and forms.

Freeland Tanner will also show some of his Tramp Art, one of a kind pieces from gazebos and birdhouses to furniture, made using reclaimed woods.

The talk is free and open to non-members. 7 p.m. at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St., Room 110, Sonoma. 935-5939.

SANTA ROSA: Plant sale ongoing at Willowside

The plant-sale season is winding down, but Willowside School nursery is still going.

The working nursery, staffed by students at Willowside Middle School, holds its next fund-raising sale on June 8.

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 succulents and Bonsai crab apple and elm trees. Also Japanese maples and Red/Yellow Magnolias, 3 to 6 feet tall for $25-$35. Prices on other plants start at $3 for one gallon pots. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The next sale will be June 29. 5299 Hall Road at Willowside Road, Santa Rosa. 569-4724.

NORTH COAST: Marin, Mendocino gardens open

The Garden Conservancy, a national nonprofit dedicated to preserving historic and significant gardens, every year enlists private garden owners in 18 states to open their gates to visitors.

Open Days focuses on different regions every weekend during the spring and summer.

On June 1, several gardens in Kentfield in Marin County open their gates, including the Geraniaceae Garden & Nursery specializing in pelargoniums and geraniums, the Cor-Ten Zen garden beautifully sculpted and framed throughout with the modernistic weathered steel, and a Vista Garden of subtropical plants with sweeping views of Mt. Tamalpais.

Open Days moves to the Mendocino Coast on June 8, featuring gardens surrounding Digging Dog Nursery in Albion, which were highlighted in a large spread in Martha Stewart Living, and a “Moss Garden” near the headlands in Mendocino.

Drop-in hours at all open gardens are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $5 per garden, $25 for a book of six tickets. Tickets and Open Days Directories of all the gardens can be purchased at each garden, online at or by calling 888-842-2442.

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