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Spring Has Sprung -- Time to Plant

Here's a roundup of local plant sales, where you can pick up your starts and support area schools and nonprofits. What's not to love about that?

Calling all green thumbs! It's planting season and to help you stock up on supplies, Sonoma Patch has compiled a list of 12 nearby plant sales at garden clubs, nonprofits, churches and schools. So when you are looking for starts, seeds or anything else, consider going there first. That way, when you tend your garden, you’ll be spreading the seeds of goodwill far and wide.

Dirt Cheap Plant Sale 
This sustainable farm produces vegetables and fruits sold on site at its own farm store. 
Location
: 3571 Old Adobe Road, Petaluma
Time: Daily 10-6 
For sale: Veggie & herb starts, perennials and ornamentals and compost tea.
Contact: 707.778.7500


Petaluma Bounty Community Farm
First Annual Plant Sale
This nonprofit is working to create a sustainable food system in Petaluma with healthy fresh food for everyone. Garden Starts is an all-volunteer group of Petaluma Bounty that creates and supports community gardens. The day will include children’s activities, workshops, and speakers along with representatives from gardening related organizations and businesses.
Date
: Saturday, May 1 & Sunday, May 2
Time: 3 pm
Location
: 55 Shasta Ave., Petaluma
For sale:
A wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
Contact
: plantsale@petalumabounty.org

Valley Vista School Teaching Garden's May Day Garden Party and Plant Sale
This 11-year-old garden program, a groundbreaker among local schools, educates students about ecology, nutritional health and cooking in a hands-on outdoor learning environment. This celebration includes great food, garden presentations, fun crafts and dancing around the Maypole.
Date
: Saturday, April 30
Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Location
: 730 North Webster Street, Petaluma
For Sale
: Vegetable starts and flowers, baked goods and homemade herbal lotions. 
Contact

 
Healdsburg Garden Club
Spring Plant Sale, Flower Show and Luncheon
This group of volunteers participates in local beautification projects, such as school gardens, a senior center and hospital. Proceeds go to the club’s scholarship fund, which assists local students in their horticultural education. Master Gardeners will also be on hand to answer questions and provide additional planting information.
Date
: Sunday, May 1
Time:
10 am to 2 pm
Location: Villa Chanticleer Annex, 1248 N. Fitch Mountain Rd., Healdsburg
For sale
: Perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees and vegetable starts.
Contact: Margaret Baumgratz  707.799.9118

Sonoma Garden Park
Spring Plant Sale
This educational farm and community garden is managed by the Sonoma Ecology Center. It features over 150 fruit trees, bee hives, interpretive displays, solar well, crop circle, as well as scenic walking trails.
Date
: Saturday, April 30
Time:
9 am – 3 pm
Location: 19996 7th Street East, Sonoma
For sale
: Veggie starts, natives, ornamentals, herbs, and more.
Contact: Rebecca Bozzelli, rebecca@sonomaecologycenter.org


Willowside School Nursery Spring Plant Sale
This school-based program allows middle school students to learn about plant species, propagation and care in a real nursery.
Date
: Saturday, April 9 & 30 and May 21
Time:
9 am - 2 pm
Location: 5285 Hall Road, Santa Rosa
For sale
: Perennials including roses, grasses, Japanese maples, redwoods, and Bonsai crabapples as well as succulents.
Contact
: Jan Lochner, 707.569.4724

Harvest for the Hungry
Garden Spring Plant Sale
This all-volunteer community garden delivers organically grown produce each week to four local hunger programs: FISH of Santa Rosa; The Living Room, a drop-in center for homeless women and children, Elisha's Pantry; and Food For Thought AIDS Food Bank. Learn about organic growing techniques, habitat restoration, and water-wise gardening.
Date
: Saturday, April 30
Time:
9 am to 2 pm
Location: 1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa
For sale
: Organically grown vegetables (heirloom tomatoes, squash, peppers, & eggplants), flowering annuals and perennials (many are California natives).
Contact
: 707.566.7937

Sonoma County Jail Nursery
Open House & Plant Sale
All plants are grown by inmates in the rehabilitation component of the jail's vocational program. The program also provides free vegetable starts and seeds to any school to use in their own student gardens.
Date
: Saturday, April 2 and May 7
Time:
9 am to noon
Location: North County Detention Facility, 2254 Ordinance Road, Santa Rosa
For sale: Trees shrubs, perennials, vines, grasses, vegetables, ground covers grown by inmates. No fertilizers or pesticides used. Please bring your own cart or wagon if you have one. No cash. Checks only.
Contact
: Rick Stern 707.525.8310

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
  Spring Biodiversity Plant Sale
This nonprofit’s educational programs focus on community-based strategies for positive social change and effective environmental stewardship.
Date
: Saturday, April 9 & 10.  (April 30 & May 1 are “second chance” sales, no tours.)
Time:
Sales start at 9 am. Garden Tours at 11 am and 1 pm.
Location: 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental
For sale
: Open-pollinated, heirloom and rare varieties of crops such as lettuces and greens, peas, brassicas, chards, onions, leeks, flowers, and herbs.  All California Certified Organic, and many started from seeds from their demonstration gardens.
Contact
: 707.874.1557 ext. 201

Luther Burbank’s Gold Ridge Experiment Farm Open House and Plant Sale
Celebrate the Apple Blossom Festival with docent led tours of the historic property, including Burbank’s cottage. On both days children will be able to pet baby chicks and bunnies. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions. Refreshments will be served.
Date
: Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17
Time:
10 am. to 4 pm
Location: 7777 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol
For sale
: Three varieties of Burbank roses, ‘Surprise’ Daylily, Heirloom tomatoes, White-fruited Blackberry, Burbank lilacs, perennials and shrubs. 
Contact
: Erin Sheffield 707.481.3488

St. John's United Methodist Church
Annual Plant & Garden Sale
This church welcomes people regardless of age, ethnicity, socio-economic level, or sexual orientation.  Their motto is: "Open hearts, open minds, and open doors."
Date
: Saturday, April 30
Time:
9 am to 3 pm
Location: 5150 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park
For sale
: Heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, herbs, zucchini, squash, peppers, chard, onions, pumpkins, peas, beans, house plants and more. Seedlings raised locally in a greenhouse. Compost, used garden tools, homemade jams, honey, baked items and crafts.
Contact
: 707. 584.9780

Indian Valley Organic Farm
& Garden Spring Plant Sale
This 5.8-acre organic farm, located on College of Marin's Indian Valley Campus, is a sustainable agriculture education and training center.
Date
: Saturday, April 30
Time:
11 am to 3 pm
Location: 1800 Ignacio Blvd., Novato
For sale
: Plants and produce. Enjoy live music, fruit tastings, bouquet making and tours.
Contact
: 415-720-2051 or jbrager@conservationcorpsnorthbay.org

Dyann Espinosa March 30, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Don't forget Tomatomania! It's THE event for tomato lovers. Held at Cornerstone April 16/17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hundreds of heritage and heirloom varieties as well as classic faves. www.tomatomania.com www.cornerstonesonoma.com

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