A great pairing –– wine and flowers
A flower arranging workshop called Rosé & Roses will be held June 24 at Petaluma’s Garden Valley Ranch. It will begin with a splash of Red Car Rosé of Pinot Noir and a tour of Garden Valley Ranch, pointing out the best parts of the property to forage flowers. Wine and light snacks will be provided for guests during the workshop. Tickets are $45 per person and additional bottles of wine will be available for purchase. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 498 Pepper Rd., Petaluma, gardenvalley.com, 707-795-0919.
How to entertain with joie de vivre
Sharon Santoni, the blogger of “My French Country Home,” will give a free talk on the beauty of French decorating and entertaining June 30 at Chateau Sonoma. She will bring examples of her new “My Stylish French Box,” a quarterly subscription box for Francophiles. Santoni works directly with French brands to create this curated box of items. She will also be on hand to sign copies of her book “My French Country Home.” 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., 23588 Arnold Dr., chateausonoma.com, 707-935-8553
Gardens by the sea
The Mendocino Art Center is celebrating its 26th anniversary with a Mendocino Coast Garden Tour June 30. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the coast’s most striking private gardens between Albion and Fort Bragg. On the tour, the center’s Garden Shop will be featuring garden art and a range of plants. Tickets for the tour are $40 per person and can be purchased online at www.mendocinoartcenter.org. But you’ll have to pick up the tickets at the center, 45200 Little Lake St., Mendocino, by June 29 to get a map of the gardens you’ll visit. Check the website for all the events surrounding the tour. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 707-937-5818.
Take a walk and spot beautiful butterflies
Bay Area butterfly expert Don Mahoney will share insights about the colorful winged creatures on June 30 at Quarryhill Botanical Garden. He will help identify a host of butterflies inhabiting the garden, including Pipevine Swallowtail, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Buckeye, Skipper, Tiger Swallowtail and West Coast Lady. The garden has a few gentle hilly trails so participants should wear walking shoes and bring water and binoculars if they have them. Mahoney is the president of the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens and curator at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. He earned a Ph.D. in Wildland Resource Science from UC Berkeley.
Advanced registration is required. The fee is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. To register, visit quarryhill.org. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., 12841 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen. 707-996-3166.
Visit coastal gardens on self-guided tour
Celebrate the solstice on the Mendocino Coast on June 23 by taking a self-guided tour of some of the region’s most intriguing gardens.
The Garden Conservancy-sponsored Open Garden Day features three private gardens. Visitors can choose to explore one garden, two gardens or all three.
Among the open gardens is the Moss Garden, a multiroomed landscape with distinct spaces set apart by rammed earth walls and boasting a heather garden, an orchard and ocean views (45145 Brest Road, Mendocino.) Also welcoming visitors are Cherie Christiansen and Franz Arner. The couple have a sculpture garden and studio in a woodland setting surrounded by clumping bamboo, rare rhododendrons and camellias, vegetable and herb gardens and more (8085 Outlaw Springs Road, Mendocino).