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SONOMA VALLEY

Quarryhill Botanical Garden’s fall tour

Two lavish Sonoma Valley gardens — one with a Moroccan flavor and the other the personal garden of a renowned Bay Area landscape architect — will be open to the public during Quarryhill Botanical Garden’s Fall Garden Tour on Sept. 18.

At this year’s fundraiser, ticket-holders will be treated to The Mulberry House, a cozy, artistic retreat surrounded by captivating courtyards and gardens, including a shaded sitting nook, a succulent garden, a formal rose garden and surprises, from a children’s playhouse to antique French potter and rustic metal sculptures.

The itinerary also includes the Jubaea Estate, a lavish Mediterranean garden with tiled and stone mosaic courtyards, 14 species of palm trees, an allee of century-old olives as well as alluring collection of succulent and broad-leaf shrubs and perennials from all five Mediterranean climate regions.

Cost is $145 for non-members, $125 for members, and tickets are limited.

Vans will take visitors to the two gardens. Tours are scheduled at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., leaving from Quarryhill, 12841 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen.

For more information call 996-3166, email chelmer@quarryhillbg.org or visit quarryhillbg.org.

OCCIDENTAL

Occidental Arts plant sales

And the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center will help you get ahead of the fall planting season with two weekends of plant sales today and Sunday and Aug. 23 and 24.

The center will offer hundreds of open-pollinated, heirloom and rare varieties of fall and winter crops — all California Certified Organic.

Stock up on heirloom brassicas like broccoli and cauliflower, greens, mustards, chards, fennel, leeks, onions, scallions and herbs, as well as edible flowers. Also select from a big array of ornamental and edible perennials. Everything is propagated on site.

For a complete list of available plants or for more information, visit oaec.org. Plant sales will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free one-hour tours of the gardens offered at 1 p.m. each Sunday of the sales. 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental. 874-1557, ext. 103.

SANTA ROSA

Free gardening workshop

Learn the basics of fall food gardening during a free workshop today at the Harvest for the Hungry garden.

Led by the Sonoma County Master Gardeners, the workshop will take an A-to-Z approach, covering everything from garden location and options for planting beds, to soil components and amendments, working the soil, crop selection and irrigation. They also will have handouts with sample garden layouts, suggested varieties for Sonoma County and best planting dates for various crops.

No registration is required. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. For more information, call 484-3613 or email mgsonomafood@ucdavis.edu.

SEBASTOPOL

Appreciation Day, classes at Harmony

Harmony Farm Supply throws its annual Customer Appreciation Day today with free classes, a free lunch of tacos and dessert, live music, prizes, product vendors with information and samples and sale prices on merchandise.

The hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 9244 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 823-9125 or harmonyfarm.com.

PETALUMA

Free talk on creating rich soil

Master Gardener Bonita Morgan will give a free talk on creating and maintaining rich, fertile soil on Aug. 23 at the Petaluma Regional Library. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. 565-2608 or sonomamastergardeners.org.

SANTA ROSA

Willowside plant sales return

Willowside School’s nursery reopens for business in time for fall planting on Aug. 23.

Look for perennials like roses, salvias, abutilons and grasses, as well as trees ranging from Trident maples to large deodar cedars. The nursery will also feature a multitude of succulents, small Chinese quince and elm trees, as well as more than 15 varieties of specialty Japanese maples up to 6 feet tall for $25-$35. Price for potted plants is $3 per one gallon container. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The nursery will be open on additional Saturdays throughout the autumn: Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Oct. 25 and Nov. 15. 5299 Hall at Willowside Road in Santa Rosa. 569-4724.

WINDSOR

Tips for fall and winter gardening

Master Gardener Steve Albert, an expert in food gardening, will offer tips for starting your autumn and winter garden during a free workshop today at the Windsor Regional Library.

Albert will cover the essentials for growing cool-weather greens and root vegetables, whether from seeds or starts. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 100. 565-2608 or visit sonomamastergardeners.org.

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