SANTA ROSA: Sonoma County Fall Home Show returns at fairgrounds
Troll for ideas, inspiration, contractors and products for your next home improvement project at the Sonoma County Fall Home Show today and tomorrow.
The home improvement marketplace takes over the Sonoma County Fairgrounds for three days with everything from building supples, designers, landscapers and flooring to furniture, windows, window treatments, roofing, decks and gutter systems.
Twelve seminars will be held in Grace Pavilion covering topics like landscape design, solar energy, organic farming, rain harvesting and remodeling.
The Redwood Empire Masonic Officers Association will offer free child identification. Going on at the same time at the fairgrounds is the Redwood Empire Train Show, with model trains, steam train rides and food.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $7 with children under 12 free. Seniors 60 and up get in for $4 on Friday. Bring in a can or box of food for the Redwood Empire Food Bank for $2 off your admission. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. scsshows.com.
SONOMA: Free seminar on winter gardens
Make the most of California's mild climate by planting a winter garden. Garlic, onions, kale, chard and peas are among the edible crops that can be planted now.
Horticulturist Dawn Smith will give a free one hour talk at 11 p.m. Sept. 29 at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma on planting a winter garden that includes hands-on training. 23570 Arnold Drive Sonoma. For information rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 933-3010.
HEALDSBURG: Russian River Rose salutes heritage
Get your last whiff of the remaining roses at the Russian River Rose Co., which has some special events planned for their last open garden weekend of the year.
On Sept. 29 and 30 owners Michael and Jan Tolmasoff salute their Russian heritage and their "beloved Russian River" by serving rose cookies and aromatic Russian tea prepared in antique samovars. Visitors can sip while checking out a display of Russian antiques.
On Sept. 29 Michael "Karnak the Magnificent" and "Tanushka" Tolmasoff will do tea leaf readings — tongue in cheek, of course — at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
On Sept. 30 the Bulgarian singing group "Gradina" will perform Slavic and Russian folk songs at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The Tolmasoffs will debut their 2012 estate-produced rose oil perfume, "Rose Embrace," with samples offered by wandering "maidens." On Sunday the couple will share a display of antique atomizers.
Cost is $9.50, with a portion of the proceeds going to several local non-profits. 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg. russian-river-rose.com or 433-7455.
SANTA ROSA: Learn about planting succulents
Succulents are the latest thing in garden design. Learn which varieties of these popular water-wise plants grow best in Sonoma County during a talk by expert Aaron Ryan before the Santa Rosa Garden Club on Sept. 24.
Ryan, who was assistant to the curator of succulents at the arboretum at the University of California, Santa Cruz, works for Cottage Gardens of Petaluma, where he propagates and oversees the nursery's succulent display garden.
He will dispel some common misconceptions about succulents and give advice on propagation, as well as bring some special plants for sale.
The general public is invited to attend the free talk starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa.