Russian Tea & Fragrance Festival: Garden Magic

Take part in a tea leaf reading or join a scent salon demo, in Healdsburg.

THE FLOWER'S DAY IN THE SUN... is not waning, though we now turn our gaze to the trees, and gold leaves, and ruddy foliage, and nature's fabulous fall-time sights. True, many a petal has dropped by the time October rolls around, and flowers are not budding in the way they do in May. But spending time in a garden, with the desire to connect with the natural world, and with music, and with mystery? That's not a spring-only kind of thrall. Fall may now be upon us, but the Russian River Rose Company, that Healdsburg-close bastion of blossoms, butterflies, and beautiful, rosy perfumes, celebrates the autumn moment each year with a very special celebration. It's the...

RUSSIAN TEA & FRAGRANCE FESTIVAL... in the Rose Garden, and it will dance, frolic, and sniff all of that rosy-luscious bouquet on Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1. The festivity, which is built around "...Music, Mystique & Fragrance — Russian Style!" will include a number of nose-nice to-dos, from a scent salon demos to the launch of the company's newest scent, Rose Embrace. (It's "...Calif.'s only estate made rose perfume.") Fancy a tea leaf reading? That seems very much in the October's-coming spirit of things, and traditional Slavic tunes shall ring out both days. Make sure to...

ENJOY A CUP OF TEA... before departing, too. The steamy brew is made in an antique Russian Samovar, further lending history, story, and beauty to an autumnal day spend in a splendid alfresco setting. The cost to join the merriment, which includes your cup of tea? It's five dollars.

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