SONOMA: Bubbles & Blooms Festival set
Gloria Ferrer Winery toasts the return of spring with its annual Bubbles & Blooms Festival, where solid information on sustainable gardening is served the Wine Country way — with a glass of bubbly.
Timed to Earth Day, the Saturday festival features talks on sustainable gardening and composting and the best uses of succulents and color in baskets and containers. Highlights include vineyard tours, hands-on floral workshops and an indoor floral market with ready-made arrangements for sale, food and wine pairing and on-the-go snacks.
Tickets are $65. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. 23555 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. For information and tickets visit gloriaferrer.com.
GLEN ELLEN: Visit Quarryhill Botanical Garden
Quarryhill Botanical Garden opens its gates to visitors for free Saturday with a big lineup of activities and presenters, all in celebration of Earth Day.
The Sonoma County Beekeepers Association, the Living Treasures Succulent Project, NorCal Bats and The Hungry Owl Project are among the groups that will have displays in the garden. This is also a chance to buy rare and unusual Asian plants for your garden that have been propagated from plants at Quarryhill, a 25-acre botanical garden created directly from seed collected in the wilds of China.
There will be cultural performances, wildlife to meet, rare gems, bubbles, face painting and arts and crafts for kids and other activities. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $10 parking. 12841 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen. Quarryhillbg.org or 707-996-3166.
FORT BRAGG: Rhododendron Show coming
The North Coast is one of the best environments for rhododendrons. The region has celebrated these showy bloomers since the first Rhododendron Festival at Van Damme State Park in 1937. Rhodie loves will again converge on the North Coast on Saturday and Sunday for the 40th Annual Rhododendron Show at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Co-sponsored by the Noyo Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, the juried show will feature more than 700 entries, including flower trusses, plants, bonsai, photos and floral arrangements of rhododendrons. There will also be plants for sale, educational displays and refreshments. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Free. 18220 N. Highway 1, Fort Bragg. 707-964-4362.
PETALUMA AND SONOMA: Irrigation for conservation
Demystify the language of irrigation during one of two free workshops put on by the Sonoma County Master Gardeners. Learn about basic irrigation equipment, how it functions and fits together and how to convert your spray irrigation to drip. Saturday at the Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sonomamastergardeners.org.
SONOMA COUNTY: Plant sale crawl slated
Clear out your best cargo vehicle, grab a tarp and hit the road this weekend for a plant sale crawl.
Garden clubs and organizations throughout the county are holding plant sales Friday-Sunday.
The Men’s Garden Club sets up a concession inside the Coddingtown Mall Friday and Saturday, with geraniums, tomatoes, succulents and dish gardens, among other finds. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
On Saturday head out to Yulupa Avenue for a two-fer. The Harvest for the Hungry Garden at 1717 Yulupa Ave. and the Santa Rosa Garden Club at 2050 Yulupa, are both holding their annual sales piggy-back style from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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