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Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 9:01 p.m.

GRATON: Spend enchanted day with the butterflies

Nearly 90 years since becoming enchanted after seeing her first Pipevine Swallowtail butterfy, Louise Hallberg is still inviting the beautiful winged creatures into her garden — the same garden by the same house where she has lived her entire life.

Hallberg loves to share and on Sunday, June 23, she again welcomes the public to visit her Butterfly Garden, which she began to expand in earnest back in 1990.

The free Open Gardens Celebrationfeatures guided and self-guided plant, bird and butterfly observation walks. There will also be a large selection of butterfly-attracting plants for sale, including Dutchman's Pipe, which is the slow-growing host plant for California's native Pipevine Swallowtail.

The open house is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 8687 Oak Grove Road across from Oak Grove Elementary School in Graton. Parking shuttles will be available.

For more information visit hallbergbutterflygardens.org, email eah@hallbergbutterflygardens.org or call Hallberg herself at 823-3420.

GLEN ELLEN: Learn how to help succulents thrive

Master Gardener Anne Lowings will give a free talk on succulents today, June 22, at Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen.

The 10:30 a.m. to noon presentation will cover which which varieties grow best in which climates, and how to cultivate and propagate these tough, water-saving plants for year-round interest.

To reserve a seat call 996-3166 or for more information visit quarryhillbg.org. Quarryhill is at 12841 Sonoma Highway 12, Glen Ellen.

KENWOOD: Enjoy lavender feast for all the senses

Every year, just before they shear their fields of the fragrant herb, Sonoma Lavender celebrates with a Lavender Festival.

This year's event today and Sunday, June 22 and 23, is a chance for people to wander the fields, cut fresh bouquets and study the 32 varieties grown in their specimen garden. Plant geeks can also purchase lavender plants.

Chef Mary Bergin will give cooking demonstrations and the Worth Our Weight culinary apprentice program led by Chef Evelyn Cheatham will cater with lavender cuisine, from salmon and chicken to pulled pork, grilled vegetables to brownies, all made with lavender. Wines by Chateau St. Jean, Kenwood and Nicholson Ranch, and beer by Lagunitas, will be available to pair with the food.

Other activities include mini spa treatments, live music, face and nail painting, craft tables, lavender products and more.

Cost is $10, with children under 12 free. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sonoma Lavender Bar, 8537 Sonoma Highway 12, Kenwood. For information visit sonomalavender.com, call 523-4411 ext. 2 or email Shelli@sonomalavender.com.

SANTA ROSA: Willowside plant sale continues

Willowside School holds its last plant sale of the spring season June 29, with a selection of trees, succulents, perennials, roses, grasses and more.

Prices are a bargain at $3 for a 1-gallon pot or $7-$10 for 5-gallon containers.

The nursery is at 5299 Hall Road at Willowside Road in west Santa Rosa. for information call 569-4724 or email 4lochs@comcast.net.

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