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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).

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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/.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SONOMA: Ceramics sale today, $5 and up

The Sonoma Community Center is holding its annual Spring Ceramics Studio Sale today featuring the works of more than 20 artists. Pieces in every price range will be available starting at $5 and include everything from tableware to decorative pieces. Room 110 of the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For information call 707-938-4626 ext. 1 or visit sonomacommunitycenter.org.

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CLOVERDALE: Irrigation for conservation

Demystify the language of irrigation during a free workshop today 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. Held at the Cloverdale Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sonomamastergardeners.org.

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SONOMA COUNTY: Plant sale crawl slated

Clear out your best cargo vehicle, grab a tarp and hit the road for a plant sale crawl through Sonoma County. Garden clubs and organizations throughout the county are holding plant sales in May, with bargains galore. Here are some for your list.

The Sonoma County Jail Industries offers its second and last spring sale from 9 a.m. to noon today. Low-risk inmates get vocational training working the garden and nursery. They have California natives, drought-tolerant shrubs, perennials, succulents, groundcovers, fruit and ornamental trees and spring vegetable starts. 2254 Ordinance Road, Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa Junior College’s horticulture department holds its monthly plant sale during the annual Day Under the Oaks celebration May 7. All plants are propagated and babied by students. Money raised goes toward student scholarships. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Located in the Lake Hall Greenhouse, next to the planetarium.

Forni-Brown Gardens in Calistoga has been a big supplier for years to some of Napa Valley’s best chefs. It opens its garden each spring to home gardeners who want to stock up on edible starts, including unusual and heirloom varieties. Most plants are in 4-inch pots, with some 1 gallon and 5 gallon containers and a few 6-packs. They also sell seeds for beets, corn, winter and summer squash, cucumbers, melons and more. Open 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday to Sunday each week through May 27. Located on Cedar Street, two blocks east of the Calistoga Inn and Brewery, in Calistoga. The entrance is marked with a Plant Sale Today sign at 1214 Pine St. For information, email fornibrowngarden@aol.com or call 707-942-6123.

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GUERNEVILLE: Varmint control

Learn how to reclaim your garden from pesky gophers during a free workshop May 20 led by Master Gardener Fred Revetria. He will cover traps and how to tell trails and markings of gophers, moles and deer. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville.

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HEALDSBURG: Learn basics of flower arranging

Learn the basics of floral arranging and how to make culinary and body care products with harvest from your backyard garden during a workshop May 13 at Shed in Healdsburg. Designers Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis will lead the class. They are founders of the Bay Area-based Homestead Design Collective and authors of “The Beautiful Edible Garden.” $65. 1-2:30 p.m. 25 North Street, Healdsburg. Healdsburgshed.com.

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HEALDSBURG: Mother's Day Open Garden

Don’t just give mom a vase of roses. Treat her to a garden filled with thousands of blooms during the annual Mother’s Day Open Garden celebration at The Russian River Rose Co. on May 14.

The picturesque nursery is known for its Rose Allee with huge rambling roses billowing down from 12-foot arches. All moms receive a special treat. $2 donation. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg. 707-433-7455 or russian-river-rose.com

Send Home and Garden news to meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com or call 707-521-5204. Please submit items at least three weeks in advance of an event.

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