Situated along the main gateway between Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley, The Gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma are a series of walk-through garden vignettes showcasing new and innovative designs from the world’s finest landscape architects and designers. When commissioned, these artists were given the freedom to create anything from traditional gardens to modern, conceptual installations. According to 1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die, Cornerstone has twenty installations by some of the world’s most well-respected garden designers and landscape architects. Some of the gardens are in place for only a season, others for longer. This combination provides Cornerstone with a sense of permanency while constantly providing opportunities for garden designers and gardeners.
I visited in January when the gardens were not at their best, but I still saw some wonderful installations. Founded in 2004 by Chris Hougie, and modeled after the Chaumont Garden Festival, this complex offers many ideas to the home gardener. If I lived nearby I would go every season.
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Note: my last post, Home groan tomatoes, listed tomato events for the next 4 weeks!
Thursday, March 17: Book signing for From Seed to Skillet by Jimmy Williams and Susan Heeger, Potted Store on Los Feliz in Atwater Village: (323) 665‑3801, www.pottedstore.com
Saturday, March 19:
- Free lecture at the Los Angeles Arboretum sponsored by the Arboretum and the Theodore Payne Foundation: The Amazing Life of Bees, Wasps and Ants with entomologist Eric Grissell, 6:30, free/www.theodorepayne.org, www.arboretum.org
- Saturday and Sunday: Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens, free with admission, www.descanso.org