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Learn how succulents can match your landscape’s theme

The Valley of the Moon Garden Club will be offering a workshop on planting succulents in containers on June 7. Members want to help you find a style of planting succulents that fits your garden theme.

The club will provide the soil, plants and cuttings, but if you have unique and colorful succulents feel free to bring cuttings to share. Participants should bring a container that is small to medium in size, preferably with a drainage hole.

Guests pay a fee of $5, 6:30 p.m., Sonoma Veterans’ Building, 126 First St. West. 707-935-8986, vom-garden-club.org


Enjoy cup of tea, reflect on memories in rose garden

The Russian River Rose Co. invites people to come to their Healdsburg rose garden during Memorial Day weekend to quietly remember loved ones in a beautiful and fragrant setting.

“Tea and Memories in the Rose Garden” is a chance to sip tea, stroll through the gardens in the glory of their peak May bloom and place a personal message to a loved one on their Memorial Wishing Tree. As the weekend progresses the tree becomes filled with fluttering messages.

Visitors also can sample the nursery’s estate-produced rosewater and rosewater sorbet and stroll the garden, filled with 650 varieties of roses. This is the last open garden of the spring season, so the nursery will be filled with plants on sale.

Cost is $4 per person, which includes tea. No reservations required. Visitors are asked not to bring pets or picnics. 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg. 707-433-7455, russian-river-rose.com


Yummy summer starts available at Forni-Brown

Forni-Brown Gardens has long supplied some of Napa Valley’s premiere restaurants with fresh produce. Every spring, they invite home growers to come to their Calistoga garden to stock up on summer starts.

The season is winding down, but there are still a few more chances to claim some of their tested tomatoes, eggplants, squash, cucumbers, melons, cantaloupes, peppers, salad greens and herbs. The garden is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 24-26.

This is also the last chance to visit the garden at its current location. The owners have announced that changes are afoot, which may include restructuring and relocating the garden, long located on Cedar Street, two blocks behind the Calistoga Inn. The entrance is marked by a sign at 1214 Pine St. announcing “Plant Sale Today.”

For more information, call 707-942-6123 or email fornibrowngarden@aol.com.


Peek into private gardens with Open Days program

Six gorgeous gardens — all private — will welcome visitors June 2 during the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.

People can visit one or all of the gardens, which include a garden on the Belvedere Lagoon, a mature plant lovers’ hillside garden filled with ornamental grasses, succulent and Mediterranean plants, two gardens in Tiburon with views of the bay and two Mediterranean gardens in Mill Valley.

The cost is $7 per garden. Children younger than 12 can enter for free. A pass for all six gardens is $35. Tickets can be purchased online at the Marin Art and Garden Center website, magc.org.


Paradise Ridge Winery: Wines and Sunsets parties offer an easy family escape every Wednesday night, with food trucks and live music through the end of October. Food truck offerings range from oysters to tacos to tri-tip. Tickets: $10, kids 6 and older need a ticket. 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa. prwinery.com.

Larson Family Winery: Reserve outdoor tastings and picnic tables daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for $15 per adult. The annual Harvest Hoedown on Oct. 22, features horse-pulled wagon rides through the vineyards, pony rides, grape stomps for kids and adults and a jumpy house. 23355 Millerick Road, Sonoma. larsonfamilywinery.com.

Benziger Winery: 45-minute tram tours roll through biodynamic farming country, ending with wine caves and tastings (grape juice for kids). $10. Tip: Normally the sheep are not visible on the tram tour, but in the wet and woolly months of January-March, there’s a good chance you’ll see sheep and their lambs. 1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. beniziger.com.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery: The pool is open until Oct. 28. You can reserve a “cabine” and lounge chairs for 4 people for $170-$215, depending on the day of the week at francisfordcoppolawinery.com/en/visit/pools-andcabines. And just in case you were wondering if you can leave your children at the pool while you go wine tasting, the answer is: “No, children must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.” 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville. francisfordcoppolawinery.com

Preston Farm and Winery: Every Sunday, Lou Preston busts out the Jim Guadagni jug wine for a laid-back family picnic that you can cobble together from the farm’s homegrown olive oil, baked bread and fresh and pickled vegetables. Farm tours are available at 11 a.m. every Tuesday-Saturday. $30 for walking tour and tasting. 9282 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. prestonfarmandwinery.com.

Truett Hurst Winery: Kids might not know much about malolactic fermentation, but they know they love goats, chickens and sheep. And they know a nice open space to run around in when they see one. Added bonus: Peer from the banks of Dry Creek at the ongoing salmon habitat restoration. 5610 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. truetthurstwinery.com


Willowside School offers range of plants at sale

The nursery at Willowside School will open for another Saturday sale on May 26.

The student-supported nursery has many plants in pots at an affordable $4 per 1-gallon container. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located at the corner of Hall and Willowside roads in Santa Rosa. The nursery also accepts donations of healthy plants, garden tools, working wagons and ceramic pots.

For information, call 707-569-4724.

You can send Home and Garden news to Peg.Melnik@pressdemocrat.com. Please send items at least three weeks in advance of an event.

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