Home and garden happenings in Sonoma County


Spring flower show, plant sale

For more than 100 years, the Graton Community Club has ushered in spring with an old-fashioned Flower Show.

This year’s event, held today, includes a plant sale, big floral displays and an area of garden art for purchase including mosaic bird houses and collectibles. There is always a homemade lunch to purchase for $10 and live music, with desserts and beverages served all day. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 8996 Graton Road, at Edison Street, Graton. 707-829-5414 or grantoncommunityclub.org.


Luther Burbank open house, plant sale

Some of Luther Burbank’s horticultural marvels survive today. Home gardeners can pick up a few of them, grown in the same place where the world-renowned plant breeder did most of his experiments when Luther Burbank’s Experiment Farm at Gold Ridge holds its Open House today and Sunday. The annual event includes a plant sale, docent-led tours, rope making for kids, refreshments and a special appearance by Lilith Rogers, who tells the story of environmentalist and writer Rachel Carson.

For your spring garden there will be four types of tomatoes, cucumbers, Seascape strawberries, Burbank’s Amarcrinum (imagine a pink Naked Lady wearing a skirt), white grape vines, ‘Surprise’ yellow daylilies, Burbank’s spineless cacti, mature succulents in decorative pots and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Gold Ridge Farm is located above Burbank Heights and Orchards, at 7777 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol.


Ceramics studio sale

Works from more than 20 artists will be up for sale during the annual Spring Ceramics Studio Sale at the Sonoma Community Center on May 6.

Handmade ceramics in all prices ranges and styles will be available, ranging from delicate porcelain bowls to succulent planters. Free studio demonstrations will be offered all day in Studio 117. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For information call 707-938-4626 or visit sonomacommunitycenter.org.


Farm-hop for fun, education

Sonoma County farms and ranches welcome visitors April 29 and 30 for “Blossoms, Bees and Barnyard Babies,” a weekend of farm-hopping for fun and education.

Each destination is a chance to meet with farmers and producers and learn more about their lives, the origins of local food and the soils and systems that sustain the county’s bounty.

Visitors can learn from beekeepers what they can do in their own yards to help struggling pollinators survive. There will also be flower arranging, animal cuddling and petting, from piglets to water buffalo calves, tastings of honey, cheese, wine, olive oil and preserves, games and crafts for kids and farm stands for stocking up.

The event is put on by Sonoma County Farm Trails. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To receive a schedule and map of participating farms call 707-837-8896 or visit farmtrails.org.


St. Helena home, garden tour

Gather up inspiration for your home projects, or just entertain your eyes with great design during the Kitchens in the Vineyards Home and Garden Tour today.

The 20th anniversary self-guided tour includes a mix of five properties, small to estate-sized, all styled by professional designers and florists, and located in the St. Helena area.


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