<strong> Tomato inspirations at K-J Heirloom Festival Saturday: </strong>Everyone's favorite fruit is the star of the annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival Saturday.

The event is a chance to see or sample more than 175 heritage varieties of tomatoes grown in the winery's expanded culinary gardens.

Garden tours, wine and food pairings, garden seminars, tomato-inspired creations by Executive Chef Justin Wangler and a Chef's Challenge with 50 Bay Area chefs competing to create the best tomato-centric bites, round out the day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $90 at <a href="http://kj.com" target="_blank">kj.com</a>. 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton.


<strong> Calabash Celebration of Gourds, Art & Garden set for Oct. 6 at Food for Thought gardens</strong>: Food for Thought's luscious gardens provide a perfect fall setting for the annual Calabash Celebration of Gourds, Art and the Garden on Oct. 6.

Professional artists are recruited to turn intriguingly shaped gourds into works of art for sale at the event, which also features a cornucopia of food and wine harvested and prepared locally, and served to the accompaniment of live music played on hand-made gourd instruments. Food for Thought is a food bank serving 675 men, women and children in Sonoma County living with HIV and/or AIDS. 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. <a href="http://fftfoodbank.org" target="_blank">fftfoodbank.org</a>. 887-1647. 6650 Railroad Ave., Forestville.


<strong> Rogers calls up spirit of Carson at Burbank's Gold Ridge Farm</strong>: Lilith Rogers reforms her one-woman show about the life of early environmentalist Rachel Carson during the fall Open House and Plant Sale Saturday and Sunday at Luther Burbank's Gold Ridge Farm.

Rogers will call up the spirit of Carson, a writer, activist and organic gardener whose book, "Silent Spring" drew attention to the dangers of toxic chemicals, starting at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Self-guided and docent-led tours of the historic 3-acre farm will be offered. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and plants from fall veggie starts to unusual perennials will be available for sale along with heritage jam made from the farm and farm tools. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 7777 Bodega Ave., behind the Burbank Heights and Orchards senior housing complex.


<strong> Five homes in tour to benefit The Sharpsteen Museum</strong>: Five Calistoga homes, including the historic mansion owned by vintner Dario Sattui, will be open to visitors Saturday for a home tour benefiting The Sharpsteen Museum.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $45 in advance at brownpapertickets.com or <a href="http://sharpsteen-museum.org" target="_blank">sharpsteen-museum.org</a> or $50 the day of the tour at the museum, 1311 Washington St.

<strong>GLEN ELLEN</strong>

<strong> Landis to give olive-curing workshop Sunday at B.R. Cohn Winery: </strong>With the olive harvest just around the corner, olive maven Don Landis is again starting up his workshops on curing the fruit, starting with a talk Sunday at B.R. Cohn Winery.

Landis will talk about the history of the olive in California and offer a description of the Greek style of olive curing without lye. The workshop includes an olive tasting. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $20. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 800-330-4064, ext. 124.

<strong>SANTA ROSA</strong>

<strong> Bargain plants up for sale at Willowside School</strong>: Bargain plants are up for grabs at the Willowside School Fall Plant Sale Saturday.

The student-run nursery will have perennials, roses, grasses, Japanese and Trident maples, deodar cedars, redwoods and cypress as well as a multitude of succulents, bonsai crabapple, Chinese quince and elm trees. Pack home a 3- to 6-foot red/yellow magnolia for $25 to $40.

Sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5299 Hall Road at Willowside in west Santa Rosa. For information, call 569-4724.

<strong>SONOMA COUNTY</strong>

<strong> Master Gardeners to hold free lectures, workshops</strong>: The Sonoma County Master Gardeners are holding a series of free lectures and workshops for the fall planting season. All are held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 565-2608 or visit <a href="http://sonomamastergardeners.org" target="_blank">sonomamastergardeners.org</a>.

<strong>Saturday, Sept. 28: </strong>

<strong>Guerneville — Making Wine from Home Grown Grapes:</strong> Master Gardener Dennis Przybycien explains how to make top quality wine grapes from homegrown grapes. He will cover proper harvest and step-by-step wine production, including equipment needed, as well as information on government regulations. Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road.

<strong>Glen Ellen — Aesthetic Pruning of Japanese Maples:</strong> Master Gardener Kim Pearson will describe and demonstrate aesthetic pruning of Japanese maples at Quarryhill Botanical Garden. She will show techniques for summer pruning, and demonstrate on various Japanese maples planted around Quarryhill's lower garden. Sonoma Highway at Arnold Drive.

<strong>Oct. 5: </strong>

<strong>Healdsburg — Grow Berries:</strong> Gwen Kilcherr shares secrets on growing blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. 139 Piper St., Healdsburg.

<em>You can direct Home & Garden news to meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com or 521-5204.</em>