Don't just give mom a bouquet of roses for Mother's Day. How about treating her to a whole garden of blooms?
Garden Valley Ranch in Petaluma and The Russian River Rose Co. in Healdsburg both are holding special open houses in honor of mothers on Mother's Day, May 11.
Visitors are invited to stroll through 5 acres of formal gardens and fields of roses from noon to 4 p.m. at Garden Valley Ranch, 98 Pepper Road. Rosy refreshments will be served. For information, call 795-0919.
The Russian River Rose Co. also has a long-standing Mother's Day tradition of inviting all moms and their families to spend time within the nursery's photogenic display gardens and rose allees. All moms will be treated to a little surprise. A $2 donation is requested. 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg. 433-7455 or <a href="http://russian-river-rose.com" target="_blank">russian-river-rose.com</a>.
<strong>Home, garden tours on the agenda</strong>: The spring home-and-garden tour season is in full swing, with a wide selection of private spots to explore.
Sea Ranch & Gualala Architectural Tour: This annual event, which takes place May 10, is put on by the Soroptimists of the Mendocino-Sonoma Coast and showcases new and newly redesigned homes. This year's highlight is The Pelican House, designed by Malcolm Davis Architecture to fit between two existing houses while maintaining the privacy of the owners and their neighbors. This energy- and environmentally smart home is one of the first LEED-certified dwellings at The Sea Ranch. The 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tour is followed by a wine tasting and auction at the Gualala Arts Center featuring 23 local wineries. Cost for the event is $65, or $60 if purchased by May 10. To purchase, call 800-838-3006 (event 534733) or go to <a href="http://brownpapertickets.com/events/534733" target="_blank">brownpapertickets.com/events/534733</a>.
<strong>Mendocino Coast Garden Tour:</strong> A self-guided tour through private gardens May 10. The event includes a garden shop, plant sale and luncheon at Stanford Inn's Ravens Restaurant. Cost is $40 for the tour or $60 for the tour and luncheon. A wine and hors d'oeuvres reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Le Mirabeau. 937-5818, ext. 10, or 800-653-3328, ext. 10. <a href="http://Mendocinoartcenter.org" target="_blank">Mendocinoartcenter.org</a>.
<strong>Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance and Foundation Garden Tour:</strong> This tour, which visits a different part of the county each year, focuses on six gardens in Healdsburg, including a diverse drought-tolerant landscape divided into small rooms, a rose garden and a Craftsman home with a shady yard presided over by a heritage walnut tree. Live music, artwork by Winnifred Werner, Master Gardeners available for expert information. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16 and 17. $45. Tickets can be purchased at scmaa.org or by phone at 578-4537. For information, email <a href="http://firstname.lastname@example.org" target="_blank">email@example.com</a>.
<strong>The Garden Conservancy's Open Days in Mendocino:</strong> Three private gardens in Boonville, Fort Bragg and Mendocino will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 as part of the conservancy's national program. Highlights include English-inspired garden rooms, garden art, towering redwoods, a custom-designed greenhouse, extensive rhododendron and conifer collections, waterfalls and an artistic stone bridge. $5 per garden. Children under 13 are free. Visitors may visit one or all of the gardens with tickets sold at each site: Stoney Bottom Gardens, 13400 Anderson Valley Way, Boonville; The Garden at Road's End, 31100 Country Road, Fort Bragg; or the Gardens at Harmony Woods, 44380 Gordon Lane, Mendocino. For information, visit <a href="http://gardenconservancy.org" target="_blank">gardenconservancy.org</a> or call 888-842-2442.