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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>NORTH BAY</strong>

<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://alliance@scmaa.org" target="_blank">alliance@scmaa.org</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.

<strong>Eco-Friendly Garden Tour:</strong> A self-guided tour of private gardens that incorporate eco-sensitive practices, including graywater and rainwater catchment systems, food forests, permeable surfaces, native gardens and more. A professional landscaper, designer or the homeowner will be at each site to answer questions. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17. Registration is required. <a href="http://savingwaterpartnership.org" target="_blank">savingwaterpartnership.org</a>.


Expert to give talk on drip irrigation</strong>: Robert Kourik, a pioneer on low-water-use landscaping, will give a workshop on drip irrigation, one of the best ways to water your plants, May 10 at Healdsburg Shed.

Kourik has written 14 books, including "Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates," which covers how best to distribute water to the roots of edible and ornamental plants.

He also is the author of "Roots Demystified," which helps gardeners better care for their favorite plants and trees. He will cover topics from both books at the talk. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 25 North St., Healdsburg. Tickets are $20 and available at <a href="http://brownpapertickets.com/event/662447" target="_blank">brownpapertickets.com/event/662447</a>.


<strong>Drip-irrigation basics topic of free classes:</strong> Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery in Sebastopol is offering a series of free classes teaching the basics of assembling a drip irrigation system. The classes will be followed by a Q&A session for more advanced gardeners with specialist Chad Griffith. 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. May 10 and 24. 3244 Gravenstein Highway N., Sebastopol. 823-9125. <a href="http://Harmonyfarm.com" target="_blank">Harmonyfarm.com</a>.

<strong>SONOMA/NAPA COUNTIES</strong>

<strong>Plant-sale season still going strong:</strong> Plant sales galore entice backyard growers over the next few weeks with homegrown starts, many at bargain prices.

<strong>Willowside School:</strong> This student-run nursery offers many inexpensive plants and trees for sale, with proceeds benefiting the program. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17. 5299 Hall Road at Willowside, Santa Rosa. 569-4724.

<strong>Redwood Empire Rose Society:</strong> The society's annual show, set for May 17, features roses for sale that have been grown by members as well as rose plants grown from cuttings taken over the winter from the group's own rose garden. Look for many popular roses that are no longer available on the market because their patents have expired. 1 to 4 p.m. 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa.

<strong>Forni-Brown Gardens:</strong> This leading grower for Napa Valley restaurants opens its gates to the public throughout May with regular plant sales at its Calistoga patch featuring their signature and unusual varieties.

Sales will feature mostly 4-inch pots with some 1- and 5-gallon pots and six-packs. Look for summer annuals like melons, cucumbers, tomatoes, cantaloupes and peppers. But they also feature many greens, from arugula, red mustard and mizuna to tat soi, radicchio and lettuces like Lollo Rossa and Red Oak.

The garden is open for plant sales from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturdays throughout May. 1214 Pine St., behind the Calistoga Inn and Brewery. Look for plant sale signs. 942-6123 or ForniBrownGarden@aol.com.

<strong>SONOMA COUNTY</strong>

<strong>Design, bees, orchids among lecture topics:</strong> The Sonoma County Master Gardeners continue their series of free lectures, most held at local library branches. All classes run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information about the program as well as a wealth of gardening information, visit sonomamastergardeners.org or call 565-2608.

<strong>May 10</strong>

<strong>Guerneville —</strong> Garden Design for Year-Round Color. Master Gardener Linda King has an eye for design. She will share what she's learned about how to use leaf color and texture to create year-round color and interest in the garden. Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road.

<strong>May 17</strong>

<strong> Windsor —</strong> Honey Bees, Pollinators and Honey Makers. Denny Pedersen offers a peek into the secret world of a honeybee colony. He also will talk about what it is like to be a bee keeper and what people people can do to help these essential pollinators. Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Bldg. 100.

<strong>Santa Rosa —</strong> The Sonoma County Orchid Society welcomes neofinetia expert Ricky Wong to its next meeting Tuesday May 13 at the Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Rosa.

Wong grows exclusively outdoors without a greenhouse, focusing on cool-to-cold-growing species and primary hybrids. His talk will cover how other growers can do the same. He will bring along living plants to admire or purchase.

Nonmembers are welcome. 7 to 9 p.m. 1351 Maple Ave. Santa Rosa. <a href="http://SonomaOrchids.com" target="_blank">SonomaOrchids.com</a>.

<em> You can direct Home and Garden news to Meg.McConahey@pressdemocrat.com or call 521-5204.</em>

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