Petaluma Heritage Homes Spring Home, Garden Tour Returns


Heritage Homes Garden Tour returns

After a pandemic hiatus, Heritage Homes of Petaluma is ready to reopen the doors to some of the river city’s great old homes. The self-guided tour takes place on Saturday, May 7th from 1pm to 4pm.

Admission is $25 and children 12 and under are free.

Tickets are available at and can be printed or picked up on the day of the tour at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth St., Petaluma. You can also purchase tickets at the museum on the day of the tour.

Ticket sales benefit the Petaluma Museum Association. Visit for more information.

Sale of ceramics to beautify your garden

Adorn your garden with unique sculptures by buying a special sale on Saturday, April 30 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

Artists from the SebARTS ceramic program have offered a wide range of ceramic garden art for sale including small planters, sculptures, vases, bird baths and more. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 282 S. High St., Sebastopol.

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Help with collecting rainwater

Have you thought about installing a rainwater harvesting system but have questions about how to get started? Several local authorities have joined forces to help residents design and install systems on their rooftops to reclaim water for outdoor non-potable purposes.

To launch a new service area consumer discount program, a free webinar on Thursday, May 5 will provide information about the new program and how it works, from application to design support. Attendees will also learn the differences and benefits of barrel versus tank systems, how to determine their stormwater collection potential, and tips on how to pre-qualify for a discount.

The online informational session will be led by Daily Acts’ Brianna Schaefer, Sonoma Resource Conservation District’s Jessica Pollitz, and Sherwood Design Engineers’ Sebastian Berstch.

The program aims to make it easier for people to install their own feeder systems by providing technical assistance for system design and installation, as well as discounts to make them more affordable.

The webinar will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m

Discounts made possible with funding from Sonoma County and the California Department of Water Resources are granted on a first come, first served basis until funding is exhausted. Interested residents can apply for both the program and technical support through a simple application process, and discounts are given upon proof of installation.

The program is in partnership with Sonoma Water; the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership; Daily Actions; the cities of Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, and Petaluma; and the Gold Ridge and Sonoma Resource Conservation Districts.

For more information, visit or email Noelle Johnson of the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District at To register for the webinar, visit


Don’t let the rain run off

Rainwater is the best water for plants. It is naturally distilled, slightly acidic and low in salt, and contains important minerals and nutrients such as nitrogen.

Learn how to harvest this valuable resource both in and above ground in a free webinar on Tuesday.

Led by Daily Acts permaculture expert Chris Clarke and program coordinator Connor DeVane, the class will explore ways to slow the flow of water, spread it across the landscape, dump it in the ground and store it.

Slowing the runoff of stormwater before it enters local waterways helps alleviate problems associated with flooding, drainage and waterway pollution. By designing landscapes to retain rainwater instead of draining it away, people can build healthier soils, which results in healthier crops.

The course will present a variety of inexpensive, low-tech ways to increase your garden’s drought resistance and save money.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, May 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To sign up for a free link or for more information, visit

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