McEvoy Ranch - Making Your Own Herbal & Floral Hydrofoils at Home


Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Phone: (707) 769-4138 or (866) 617-6779 toll-free

The dormant winter months are transforming into spring as the earth begins its process of renewal. With the McEvoy garden beginning to bloom, the colors and smells will inspire your creations within the Chinese Pavilion. Join us as we explore the many uses for garden flowers and plants, creating home medicine and cosmetics and adding unique aromatics to your food preparations. We’ll dive deep into the world of hydrosols, pure plant distillates that have a wide variety of uses in culinary, medicinal and cosmetic applications. They even work with mood and emotions, calming the mind and soothing fatigue. 

Alice Duvernell, of Biophilia Botanicals, will share her passion and wealth of knowledge of plants and aromatherapy in this all-levels workshop. Students will begin by touring the exclusive Ranch gardens for a first-hand look at the herbs and flowers grown on property and featured in the class. After sampling and learning about the qualities of several hydrosols and other culinary distillates, students will learn to craft their own hydrosols from scratch using plants from the garden and readily accessible kitchen tools. This will include step-by-step information on how and when to pick plants, the manufacturing and sterilization process, PH levels, blending and bonus recipes. At the conclusion, we invite you to share a glass of McEvoy wine and some plant-based ranch nibbles in our wine tasting room. 

Participants will take home: 

- a 4 oz. bottle of freshly made hydrosol 
- a custom made, hydrosol-based, facial mask  
- a hand-out detailing the process and recipes 

Cancellations made up to 1 week in advance will receive a full refund. Please contact or call 707.769.4138 if your plans change.

Special Notes

Cost: $85 plus $30 material fee. McEvoy Ranch, 5935 Red Hill Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952 866.617.6779 toll-free