ROSS: Garden Conservancy Open Days program
The Garden Conservancy has tapped seven Marin County gardens for its Open Days program, a chance to visit primarily private gardens one could never otherwise see.
This year’s Open Days features gardens in Kentfield and Ross on Saturday and includes the imaginative Tir no Nog, a spot with a seasonal fairy garden and a circular vegetable garden inspired by Beatrix Potter. Other gardens open to visitors are a tranquil garden beside a 1920s cottage set against a backdrop of heritage oaks and redwoods and an English garden with arbor, artist studio and hammock retreat.
Seven gardens will be open to guests from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can stop by as many or as few gardens as they choose, at a cost of $7 per garden or $35 for a book of six. To purchase tickets and for more information about each garden, visit gardenconservancy.org.
SEBASTOPOL: Enchanting Sweet Peas Open House
Follow your nose to the annual Enchanting Sweet Peas Open House on June 11.
Glenys Johnson once a year opens her gate to invite visitors into her fragrant world of filly flowers, tucked between businesses behind a fence along the highway in Sebastopol.
This is where Johnson grows more than 40 varieties of English Spencer sweet peas for seed in a rainbow of colors from reds and pinks to creams, purples, maroons and pastels.
Her annual open house is a chance to see these nine-foot beauties at their peak and to buy seed or pre-order seeds that are in short supply.
Johnson also sells growing supplies, vases, note cards and sweet pea art.
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 900 Gravensein Hwy. N. in Sebastopol. For more information, visit enchantingsweetpeas.com or 800-371-0233.
OCCIDENTAL: Photographer leads tour of Western Hills
Even if you have walked through Western Hills Garden many times before, seeing it through the eyes of a professional garden photographer could make it a whole new experience.
Lensman Saxon Holt, who has specialized in photographing gardens and plants for more than 30 years, will lead a walk through the legendary garden in the hills above Occidental on June 3. For those wanting a more in-depth experience, Holt, who gardens himself, will lead on all-day workshop in garden photography.
Holt, whose work has appeared in magazines like Smithsonian, Architectural Digest, Money and Pacific Horticulture, will lead a two-hour morning walk from 10 a.m. to noon and an afternoon stroll from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants should register and check in 15 minutes before the walk.
Holt, who also has illustrated horticultural books, will focus on photographing a complex garden in the morning and in the afternoon concentrate on capturing individual plants under challenging lighting conditions. There will be time for participants to capture their own images with coaching from Holt.
Cost for the event, sponsored by Pacific Horticulture, is $45, $199 for the Sunday workshop. For more information, call 510-849-1627 or email office@pacifichorticultue. To register for the all-day photography workshop, visit photobotanic.com. The garden is at 16250 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental.
SANTA ROSA: Plant sale at Willowside School Nursery
The plant sale season is winding down, but the plucky little Willowside School Nursery is still going strong. The student-supported nursery holds its next plant sale Saturday, with a variety of low water and drought-tolerant perennials, California natives, succulents, grasses, salvias and habitat plants. Cost is $4 for a 1-gallon container. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain for shine. 5299 Hall Road, Santa Rosa. The entrance is on Willowside Road.