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Gualala Arts Garden Guild presents:
A Ladies & Gents Garden Luncheon

Saturday, July 31, 2010
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A Ladies & Gents Garden Luncheon Frog Song is the destination of the Gualala Arts Garden Guild and guests on July 31, 2010, for A Ladies and Gents Garden Luncheon. It is five acres of managed garden designed by and tended with the loving hands of Sandy Scott.

Sandy is a Bay Area native, 5th generation Californian. She purchased the thirty acre lot in Point Arena ten years ago which used to be a landing for timber storage for Georgia Pacific. The next owner, in the early 1990s, had planted two hundred redwood starts and even irrigated each one. When Sandy got the property she said it was a dream come true.

Sandy was born into a family of gardeners. Most of her horticultural knowledge comes from her father whom she used to follow around in the garden asking questions, watching him prune, plant and fertilize. She states that at age 90 he still grows a garden to be envied!

With an art history degree from UC Berkeley, 1966, Sandy blended her two interests by volunteering at Filoli in Woodside and at the Huntington Library Art Gallery, Botanical Gardens in Pasadena over many years. She served as garden docent, art gallery docent, as chair of a large Christmas fundraising event, on the Filoli Governing Board and finally as Acting Director at Filoli. She took classes in horticulture at Cañada College in Redwood City. Sandy then returned to school at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, acquiring an MBA in 1991. The following eight years, she worked for the School in several capacities, including construction management. This work included developing the plantings around the buildings and helping with the plant choices of the professional landscape architects.

A Ladies & Gents Garden Luncheon This experience is all revealed at Frog Song. She has worked the decomposed sandstone to support the vast variety of plants she has collected. In the spring, the green grass shows off the daffodil bank, the islands of heather & lavender, maples, natives and other foliage. It is a xeriscape garden as the grass goes brown in the summer and the plants are adaptable to the coastal climate. Water is stored from the rain. There are two solar arrays to run the greenhouse, buildings and garden. There is a delightful children's garden from recyclables! Off the back deck of the house are a variety of grasses, off the side, a kitchen garden. There is a dwarf orchard, chicken coop and cutting garden. A flowing creek aerates Frog Song Pond with the help of a recirculating pump. The native inhabitants, Pacific Tree Frog and Brown Frog, are deafening in the spring.

One could go on about the garden but see it for yourself! There are many more surprises there. Get yourself a ticket to the Garden Guild's Ladies and Gents Luncheon, quickly!

Marsha Heckman Marsha Heckman, Marin author of seven books, three of them on flower arranging, will be demonstrating "arrangements from the garden" during lunch. Using local flora she will create a traditional mixed arrangement in the Flemish style, a fragrant hand-held hostess bouquet, and a surprising party centerpiece with succulents right from your own North Coast garden. Audiences love Marsha's informative program and warm and funny delivery, which we have enjoyed in the recent past at the Gualala Arts Center and Four-Eyed Frog Books.

Tickets are available online or by calling 800-838-3006. To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or the Dolphin Gallery.

Tickets are $28 before July 17, 2010, and $5 more after, if available! A table for 8 is available at $200 and can be purchased only at the Gualala Arts Center.

Meet at the Gualala Arts Center Gardens for table registration, coffee & carpooling between 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Carpooling begins at 11:00 a.m. to Frog Song Gardens in Pt. Arena.

Luncheon will be served at noon in the summer pavilion overlooking the lake. Flower arranging demonstrations by Marcia Heckman and the Best of Show Chapeau (hat) award will follow. Self guided tours of the gardens follows the lunch and demonstration.

It's a casual affair, flat shoes for walking and comfortable clothes. And of course, a hat for shade and show!

Ticket includes:
Lunch in the Garden
no host sangria
Flower arranging by Marcia Heckman
Best of Show Chapeau (Hat)
Tour of Sandy Scott's garden, Frog Song.

Raffle prizes*

  • Frog Song private retreat for one night,
          living room & bedroom + private tour of the gardens
  • Gardener's Beauty Basket
  • Succulent Topiary Tree
  • Garden Basket of Herbs and Tool Tote Bag
          from Sea Ranch Building Supply
  • Garden Maiden Sculpture in Basket with succulents
  • Marsha Heckman Arrangement #1
  • Marsha Heckman Arrangement #2
  • Flower Gift Certificate by Natasha
  • Sunset Garden Book
  • Gift Certificate from Gualala Hotel

    *Must be present to purchase raffle tickets and to win

  • For advance purchase, go to Brown Paper Tickets or call them at 800-838-3006.
    To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.

    The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
    is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
    Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

    Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.