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PETALUMA: Art & Garden Fest a shopper's delight

The Petaluma Art & Garden Festival once again spreads out across two downtown blocks on Sunday with music, wine and food tasting and activities, along with 140 booths of art, plants and objects to beautify your outdoor living space.

Festival-goers can shop for everything from wind chimes and garden art to antiques, benches and flowerpots.

Experts from the Petaluma Garden Club and the Sonoma County Master Gardeners will be on hand, as well as representatives from nurseries like North Coast Native, Re-succulents and Noelle's Miniature Gardens.

Entertainers include Dylan Chambers and The Midnight Transit.

Dylan is the son of Lester Chambers, lead singer for the '60s soul band The Chambers Brothers. Lester will join his son onstage.

Food and wine tasting is by ticket, with $25 for a discount pass that includes a commemorative wine or ale glass.

Purveyors include Pongo's Kitchen. Nick's Cove, Della Fattoria, Velasco's, Robledo and Reynoso wineries, Lagunitas IPA, Henhouse and Dempsey's.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 762-9348 or petalumadowntown.com.

PETALUMA: Secrets of gardens in containers

Learn how to create a container planting mixed with edibles and ornamentals during a talk today, July 13, at Garden Delights Nursery.

The class will focus on putting together containers that are easy care, low maintenance and look good for a long time.

The talk is free but RSVP to assure a seat. 11 a.m. 2115 Adobe Road, Petaluma. 773-1133 or 775-5008. Hanascape.com.

SONOMA: New Cornerstone garden installation

Cornerstone of Sonoma unveils its newest garden installation Thursday, July 18, a collaboration between noted Sonoma County landscape sculptor and designer Suzanne Biaggi and New Zealand artist Regan Gentry.

While Cornerstone features shops, boutique wine tasting and a restaurant, at its heart are a series of provocative garden installations created by leading landscape architects, designers and artists.

They are 3-D art pieces that can be explored like an outdoor gallery.

The newest installation, "Ecology of Place" by Biaggi, will feature sculptural vines adorned with 3,800 delicate metal leaves, cut, shaped and hung on the vines with the help of volunteers.

With wetland plants, hedges and berms breaking the view, the entire garden can't be see all at once.

It is designed, rather, as an experience of contemplation and discovery, said Melissa Mueller, Cornerstone's director of marketing.

It has been developed on the site of Claude Cormier's blue tree, a high profile installation that became Cornerstone's most recognizable symbol until it had to be taken down six years ago for safety reasons.

Gentry, making his first appearance in the U.S., is creating a structural tree out of wire for Biaggi's garden, which is a memorial to her late brother Phil.

The grand opening reception is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with wines, hors d'oeuvres and artist introductions. The event is free.

The Garden Conservancy will host a VIP reception with champagne, hors d'oeuvres and an illustrated lecture prior to the grand opening, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Artefact Design & Salvage at Cornerstone.

Cost is $20. Seating is limited for the VIP event. To reserve, email events@cornerstonesonoma.com.

There are currently 17 installations at Cornerstone. Admission to the gardens is free. 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Details: cornerstonesonoma.com or 933-3010.

ALBION: Open house, sale at Digging Dog

It's well off the beaten path, but a trip to Digging Dog should be on the bucket list of any gardener.

The stunningly landscaped nursery on Albion Ridge along the Mendocino Coast has picture-worthy display gardens and has been featured in Martha Stewart Living Magazine and House & Garden.

Digging Dog is holding an open house and plant sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday.

All plants are 25 percent off and admission is free to stroll through the gardens, which are wheelchair accessible. 31101 Middle Ridge Road, Albion. 937-1130 or diggingdog.com.

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

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