Home and Garden news: Calabash, a celebration of gourds


13th Annual Calabash


<strong> Calabash 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 p.m. 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> Plant sale at Digging Dog:</strong> Digging Dog Nursery, the famed Mendocino Coast nursery featured in high end magazines, throws a fall plant sale Oct. 11-13 complete with free horticultural tours of the display gardens and refreshments. A wide variety of easy-to-grow plants, will be on sale for 20 to 40 percent off. The nursery is wheelchair accessible. 31101 Middle Ridge Road. 937-1130 or <a href="http://diggingdog.com" target="_blank">diggingdog.com</a>.

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