SEA RANCH: Take a tour of Sea Ranch architecture
The site-sensitive architecture of The Sea Ranch is renowned around the world. The annual Architectural Tour, Wine Tasting and Auction May 13 is a chance to see some of best examples of Sea Ranch architecture from the inside.
The self-guided tour will feature new, newly remodeled and historically significant homes both at The Sea Ranch and along the south coast of Mendocino County.
Participating homes are open to ticket holders from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour goers are invited to a wine tasting and auction from 3-5:30 p.m. at Gualala Arts Center, featuring 25 wineries and more than 80 lots for bidding.
Cost for the tour is $60 in advance or $65 the day of the tour. Student tickets are $25. Tickets are available at the Gualala Country Inn, 47975 Center Street, at the Stewart’s Point Store just south of The Sea Ranch, by phone at 800-838-3006 (event 2760517) or online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2760517).
SONOMA COUNTY: Tour 24 earth-friendly gardens
The Eco-Friendly Garden Tour May 13 is a chance to check out gardens that are easy on water and friendly to wildlife.
There are 24 gardens throughout Sonoma County and North Marin that will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no cost for admission but visitors must register visit savingwaterpartnership.org/eco-friendly-garden-tour/.
SANTA ROSA: Annual iris show on Sunday
Feast your eyes on some of spring’s most gorgeous blooms during the annual Santa Rosa Iris Society Flower Show on Sunday.
The show is a competition among growers, but for the layperson it is a chance to see a wide variety of irises in bloom for your bulb shopping list. There will also be potted irises for sale. Irises come in a full rainbow of colors, as well as bi-colors, reverse colors, broken colors, and irises with appendages off their beards. Exhibit entries are accepted 7-9:30 a.m. There will also spring iris experts on hand to answer questions. For a show program visit santarosairis.org. The show is held at the Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa.
PETALUMA: Free composting workshop Tuesday
A free workshop Tuesday will focus on building soil and community through composting.
The presentation includes a tour and hands-on time in the garden. 6-8 p.m. Room 639 at the Petaluma campus of Santa Rosa Junior College, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma. Put on by Daily Acts as part of The Community Resilience Challenge, a county-wide effort to make the community more sustainable. For information, visit dailyacts.org.
HEALDSBURG: Get tips on growing tomatoes today
Grow your best crop of tomatoes ever with tips from food gardening expert Steve Albert. The Sonoma County Master Gardener will lead a free workshop today covering the best varieties to grow, how to start from seed, planting and how to feed, water and protect your precious crop right up to harvest. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Healdsburg Library, 139 Piper St.
HEALDSBURG: Tour historic homes Sunday
Take a tour through time within the walls of some of Healdsburg’s historic homes during the annual Homes Tour on Sunday.
Six exceptional homes, from an 1868 cottage to a contemporary hillside estate, are featured on the self-guided tour that begins and ends at the Healdsburg Museum. $35 in advance or $40 the day of the tour at the museum, 221 Matheson Street at Fitch. Tour check in from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Put on by the Healdsburg Branch of the American Association of University Women. For information or to purchase tickets online visit healdsburg-ca.aauw.net.