Vintage Gardens Roses
A small own-root nursery growing the largest selection of roses offered by any source in North America! Roses are grown and shipped year-round in pots, mostly in 6 inch deep pots, called bands.
Ask for Gregg, one of the owners.
Gravenstein Apple Town
Sebastopol is the primary town of the "West County" region of Sonoma County, the mostly rural, hilly area just west of Santa Rosa along the coast of the Pacific Ocean. This region, most properly, is the area inland from the ocean (as opposed to the very coast itself) and south of the Russian River. It is characterized by undulating hills and small valleys and is just a tad cooler in the summer than Santa Rosa to the east and much cooler than other inland areas like Healdsburg or Sonoma. It is directly on the normal summer fog route when the summer fog (usually in the evening) from the Pacific Ocean blows in towards Santa Rosa so it tends to get foggy slightly earler in the evening and slightly more frequently.
The West County was for decades a premier apple growing region and Sebastopol was its hub. It was the home of most of the packing and processing plants for apples, the king of which was the Gravenstein. The area was one of the primary apple regions of the entire US at one time and a national leader in Gravensteins. However, the industry has almost died out now, being replaced mostly with the vineyards that have spread like a plague over the Sonoma-Napa region. Even today, though, the eastern edge of town has numerous old apple-packing and -processing plants, closed mostly since the late 1990s and the most recent closing about 2004, and one can still find local apple products. For the most part, though, one must go to the few remaining apple farms and little is sold commercially.
Sebastopol is one of the smallest of the nine incorporated cities in the county, with about 8,000 people. It was incorporated as a city in 1902, making it the 6th city in the county to be incorporated out of nine (it was preceded by Petaluma in 1858, Healdsburg in 1867, Santa Rosa in 1868, Cloverdale in 1872, and Sonoma in 1883 and it was followed by Rohnert Park in 1962, Cotati in 1963, and Windsor in 1992).
Sebastopol has a small but attractive, fairly lively downtown. It was also one of the towns on the Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railroad and retains some significant buildings from the railroad.