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Home - Garden briefs: Tour homes, gardens in three North Bay locations

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If you thought you missed the spring home and garden tour season, don't despair. There's a triple feature coming up June 7 and 8 with dueling garden tours in Marin, western Sonoma County and Sonoma.

The Garden Conservancy's Open Garden Days moves to Marin County on June 7 with a chance to visit four gardens in Belvedere, San Rafael and Tiburon.

Admission is $5 per garden, with tickets sold at each garden. Information about each garden, hours they will be open and directions can be obtained at <a href="http://gardenconservancy.org">gardenconservancy.org</a>. or by calling 888-842-2442.

On June 8, Food for Thought hosts its 19th annual Western Sonoma County Home -amp; Garden Tour featuring eight gardens.

This year's lineup includes homes and gardens with intriguing features like old-growth redwoods, edible landscaping, a labyrinth and garden art.

Cost of the self-guided tour, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is $45 and includes a booklet with descriptions of the homes and gardens and a map. Tickets can be ordered online at <a href="http://fftfoodbank.org">fftfoodbank.org</a> or by calling 887-1647. Gourmet box lunches from Cottonwood Catering can be pre-ordered for $12.50 and will be available for pickup on the day of the event at Food for Thought, 6550 Railroad Ave., Forestville.

If you prefer to go east, the Sonoma County Master Gardeners hold their biennial Bloomin' Backyards Garden Tour on June 8 in the Sonoma Valley.

This is a tour that offers a chance to learn, with expert advice and demonstrations on growing low-water-use vegetables, replacing lawn, nurturing the soil, using mulch for moisture retention and weed control, composting, drip irrigation, backyard vineyards, beneficial insects and bees, and more.

The event includes a garden craft market of birdhouses, mosaics, succulent wreaths and garden art as well as a plant sale featuring only low-water-use plants and succulents, all propagated by Master Gardeners.

Cost for the 9 a.m.-to-4 p.m. tour is $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased online at <a href="http://sonomamastergardeners.org">sonomamastergardeners.org</a>, or can be obtained at the UC Cooperative Education office, 133 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa; Copperfields Books' four Sonoma County stores; Readers' Books in Sonoma; or by calling 565-2608.

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