Give Mom a Walk in the Garden on Mother’s Day



A garden visit for Mother’s Day

Treat mom to a trip to a rose garden on Sunday and pick up a gift to take home at the same time.

The Luther Burbank Home & Gardens is hosting a Mother’s Day Plant Show and Sale with floral eye candy for Mom and lots of activities to keep the kids entertained.

The historic house and gardens will bring out the quilts of Burbank’s wife, Elizabeth, their first public display in a long time. There will be activities for the kids like a scavenger hunt, cookies, lemonade, costumes and a 1926 Dodge Estate Wagon to dress up and take selfies.

Along with plants for sale and special products at the gift shop, Apple Tree Morris, will be on hand to share in a lively English Spring Ritual Dance. Tickets are $3. Children under 12 enter for free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 204 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa.

Free parking is available on Santa Rosa Avenue for a limited time, with paid parking available on Sonoma Avenue. Parking on First Street (behind the Roxy Theater) is free on weekends.

These 3 sisters play well together

As a girl group, they call themselves “The Three Sisters” because they play so well together. They are not singers but crops – corn, beans and squash.

Sonoma County Master Gardeners will discuss interplanting your vegetable garden with a focus on these three great compatible crops in their upcoming Veggie Happenings webinar on May 10.

The panel of food growing experts will also share ideas for the trellis and talk about some “good bugs” you want in your garden. Master food preservers will demonstrate how to make strawberry freezer jam. Noon to 1 p.m. on Zoom.

The May 10 event is free but registration is required at or


Express yourself through living miniatures

Janis Phillips, an artist with a green thumb, will talk about expressing her art through succulents at the Petaluma Garden Club Monday meeting.

Phillips makes playful succulent arrangements and will share how you can get in touch with your inner artist. The conference is free to the public with registration at 10:30 a.m. Former and prospective club members who wish to attend the business meeting may register beginning at 9:30 a.m. The meeting is held at the Petaluma Veteran’s Memorial Building , 1094 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma.

In line

Grab a cup of coffee, stand up and take a virtual tour of stunning gardens during the Eco Garden Tour on May 14. Organized by the Sonoma-Marin Water Saving Partnership, the tour held online this year due to COVID -19, promotes sustainable landscaping practices by showcasing inspiring gardens in Sonoma and Marin counties. The tour highlights responsible landscaping practices of the Russian River and Bay and supports landscape professionals who are certified with expertise in water efficiency.

The videos of the gardens presented will be posted online at 10 a.m. To join the tour or to register for a 1 p.m. panel discussion with landscape experts, visit


Sale of edible and succulent plants

It’s finally time to plant your summer garden, and Jail Industries’ nursery has plenty of healthy starts for you to grow.

The nursery grows varieties carefully selected for their taste and ease of cultivation. They also have a wide array of California native and drought-tolerant plants and spring annuals to spruce up your borders and beds. Sonoma County Master Gardeners, who share the space with Jail Industries, will have a fresh crop of succulents in pots and arrangements.

Proceeds from plant sales fund the Jail Industries Horticultural Nursery and Program, a vocational program for prison inputs at the North County Detention Center. The program has not been active during the pandemic, but the greenhouses are still maintained. Cash or checks only. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 2254 Ordinance Road, Santa Rosa. [email protected]


Discover these demonstrations in the garden

The Petaluma Garden Club celebrates its 98th anniversary with a series of garden demonstrations on the deck of the historic Petaluma Library and Museum.

Jenn Roberts and Suzanne Clarke will discuss vermiculture, or composting with worms, on May 7. On May 14, Hope Stewart and Cherly Feuerborn will share simple flower arranging techniques for making a centerpiece. On May 28, Sue Lovelace and Bryce Sumner will offer a discussion on “Planting Vegetables from A to Z”. 20 Fourth Street, Petaluma.

Sonoma and Marin counties

New guide to reducing water use in the landscape

The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership has a new guide for homeowners new to maintaining a water-efficient landscape. The “Water Smart Gardens Care Manual” offers simple, step-by-step instructions on how to care for the plants, drip irrigation systems, and “green” features offered in the Water landscape design templates. Smart offered for free on the partnership’s website.

The manual is designed to help home gardeners succeed with a foundation of knowledge and principles that reduce the need for resources and maintenance. It includes a garden maintenance schedule showing when to perform tasks such as weeding and pruning and instructions on how and what to prune, as well as setting up and scheduling a drip irrigation system.

The Water Smart Gardens Care Manual can be downloaded for free at

Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership represents 13 water utilities in Sonoma and Marin counties working together to provide a regional approach to water use efficiency. Utilities are the cities of Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Sonoma, Cotati, Healdsburg, and Cloverdale; the districts of North Marin and Valley of the Moon Water, Marin Water, the City of Windsor, and California American Water serving Larkfield and Sonoma Water.

Submit home and garden related news at least three weeks before a timely event to [email protected]


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